When I located five vintage Bullfighter Show Posters from Spain I was immediately prompted to make use of them. Having attended a major bullfight in Mexico City some years ago memories churned in my brain. I decided to design and paint a couple trendy vase pictures of sunflowers.
My choice of canvas was a square 12×12 and using both full bodied and fluid acrylics . I first under – painted the canvas with an orangey-burnt sienna color to break the intense glaring white of the gessoed substrate.
After drying I drew a loose sketch of my design using a light colored
charcoal to insure easy brush-off if mistakes appeared.
My vase shape , being the prime consideration of the design, was depicted from the body of the poster. The background color of poster is light so my
evident choice for my Sunflower is also light with graduated gold and orange, and toasty sienna petals. I chose manganese blue to electrify the golden seeds in center of sunflower which shows off the graduated dark browns.
My first application was to use gel medium colorful self hand painted tissue paper for the triangle shaped floor ,which depicts a room corner. The leaves are colorful using shades of greens and bursts of copper and gold. After considering the left over space, I double loaded my brush with added touches of blue and white to make the appearance of a lusty verbena stem. I heavily applied very dark phalo blue for the background which immediately popped out the brilliant sunflower composition.
I applied masking tape to all four 1 1/2″ sides of the canvas to insure straight lines for application of dark, dark brown acyrlic paint . This finishes the painting without framing. I nailed on a piece of light plywood to back and added wire for hanging.
After completely drying, I brushed on two coats of Minwax Polyacrylic. Then I sprayed two coats of sealer to bring out the luscious acrylic colors and to protect the painting from damage.
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