I had more fun with Hollyhocks today and decided to draw attention to their wonderful tall color spikes with this tall canvas.
Sometimes when using color that is this bold, I check my values by taking a look at a black and white version which you can see below. While there is a lot going on, I still felt my value structure held it all together. It's a good test you may want to play with sometimes to keep things on track.
Once again a painting from the Big Horn River in Montana. I used color that was more from my imagination than either the photo source or reality. What I tried for was the sparkle of the water, which required some high contrast, but I thought some color intensity would help out as well.
I took a look at some some of my Hollyhock photos from Montana today and worked with warm and cool reds throughout this painting. Because they have so many blooms, it's easy to get confused in tall the color 'noise' of the scene. Here I grayed down some of the pinks and greens to carry the idea of many flowers but not let them compete too much with the double blooms in the upper left.
My posts have been erratic lately due to summer travels and projects. Today is another switch-up with a painting I did on our recent trip to Montana. We stayed near the town of Twin Bridges and it has some fun old buildings. But, the main thing I saw in passing through were the Hollyhocks. They are everywhere! The store fronts, parking lots and alleys have great groups of colorful blossoms all over town.
I loved them and went back to take reference photos and to paint plein aire. This one was painted from the parking lot behind the post office. I'm looking forward to developing more work from the trip.