Sun Flowers & Daisies Still Life – Digital Painting

A framed digital Painting by Rusty Smith


It’s February 24th. It’s 71 degrees here in Philadelphia. So why am I in front of my computer screen with the screaming of my heat-sink fan in the background? Because I started this project when it was 40 degrees colder a couple of days ago. That’s why.

I approached this project using my usual alla-prima sloppy brushes but did some research on how impressionists actually paint.  A couple practices I picked up on is that on my first layer I held my stylus (Wacom tablet)  at the very end and just splotched colors onto my canvas. My first application of color is very loose and messy. It is the additional layers that I apply add detail to my file. During my first application, I added a canvas texture so that with every additional layer of painting will go on top of the canvas texture giving my file slightly more depth. Usually I wait until I’m done and apply the texture.

Another practice I used was published in her book “Painting The Impressionist Still Life With Margaret Aycock”. In her book she makes it a rule to “always paint from dark light”. Now she is painting with real paint and I am just painting with pixels of color digitally.I want to produce digital paintings as close as how actual artists paint with real paint.

Two final thoughts of my image are pitch and light. When I originally took the photograph, I pitched it slightly in the spirit of Van Goh, and I used my signature chiaroscuro lighting. With these additions to my workflow, I added too much detail and slightly lost my impressionist style.

Here is My Original Photograph:

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