Fine Art by 

Theresa Otteson

  • I begin by blocking in the general colors and values (lights and darks) that I see.


  • Working from dark  values to light, I refine the painting by adding layers that show more and more detail.


  • I end with the smallest details and the greatest lights.

I've started a series of 4 hollyhock paintings, all 24 inches tall by 10 inches wide. These pictures show the progression of the first painting starting with the photograph I am working from. To create a better composition and a more dramatic look, I took out the trees in the background and some of the flowers leaves. I filled in with  more sky in order to show off the flowers and create a more dramatic look. The last image shows the finished painting.


I just started the next hollyhock painting (they are pink).



My current project ......  Check back for progress updates.