A group of flamboyant spider flowers or cleome drew me into their orbit.
|Cleome, casein on canvas mounted to panel, 11 x 14|
I chose casein on canvas because it allows me to overlap opaque strokes without picking up previous layers. This was especially helpful on the oval petals and the long filament-like stamens.
The palmate leaves get smaller as you go up the stem. In some of the lower areas I painted a variegated base color for the leaves and then pulled them out by painting the dark negative shapes between the leaves.
I shot video coverage of the painting, which I'll release later. I'm thinking of doing a video feature called "Painting Flowers in the Wild" (which is quite different from painting cut flowers indoors).
On Sunday afternoon, the gardens were full of artists because it was Plein Air Invitational day. It was fun talking shop with experienced fellow painters.