Gloria from Peach Dahlia


I decided to do things a bit differently this time around.

For starters I kept my brush at 100% Opacity.

Secondly, I only used one brush (the Horse Main brush from the Impasto Brushes from the

Thirdly, I choose my color palette prior to starting this painting, which felt weird, but I had already chosen the reference image and had some inspiration.  So, my color choices were based off of those feelings and ideas.


Lastly, I did my best to think before placing each brushstroke, focusing on if using a vertical or horizontal or diagonal stroke would be best then choosing the appropriate color, then making the stroke.

All in all, I didn’t waste as much time and energy fixing mistakes or changing things and I felt like the painting as a whole came together far smoother than previous paintings.  I can’t wait to use this technique again.



“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

12 thoughts on “Gloria from Peach Dahlia

  1. Great idea and it really paid off. I really like setting guidelines or rules before starting projects, I think it can be so valuable, I did some black and white value sketches recently and it really forced me to actuallu look at my reference and try to actually ‘see’ what I was painting and not make things up like I usually do!

    1. Yes, having a framework really helped me to concentrate on a specific result for sure. There was still plenty of wiggle room to be playful and create, so it didn’t really feel like work and I think that is important, especially to a free spirit like myself.

      Value is such an important aspect to creating realistic volume. It is a super useful tool and is good to simplify the reference by removing the distortions and distractions that color can sometimes create.

          1. Wow!!! You are amazing Laura. I checked out those apps an there are a bunch of gems at my local library. I decided to get my CO license so I could get a library card and take advantage of it. Still in the dmv at the moment though I feel bad for the people that work here. It’s almost 6pm and there are more than forty people still here. I’ve been here since 3pm myself, but it’s almost over. o/

          2. Wow, that’s crazy. Yes!!! So many free downloads! Might as well save yourself some green (for art supplies, of course!) lol Glad you’re finding stuff you can use. I hope you get out of there before midnight lol.

          3. OMG I almost forgot how AWESOME the library is, thanks for reminding me. 😉

            I felt so bad for them, I left at 630pm and there was still at least 20 people there. :'(

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