A bouquet of late summer cosmos and zinnias gathered from our garden. The light was placed directly overhead and added dramatic lighting to the bright pinks and reds. Painting light reds can be a fun challenge. If you add white to the mixture to make the red light, it turns a pasty pink, not at all like the intense red of the velvety zinnias. I borrow a technique from watercolor and paint the bright reds with transparently to allow the light of the painting panel to brighten the color.
This painting will be in the VIVA members show at the Hardware Store restaurant on Vashon. The show opens on Friday June 7 from 6-9 p.m. The address is 17601 Vashon Hwy SW.