In my Brooklyn backyard, the daylilies are on fire.
Daylilies Hemerocallis are so interesting. The weedy orange types that spring up all over the place are cheery, but it is these frilly sensuous types that get my attention every time. In the bright sunlight, against the dark green of verdant July perennials, Hemerocallis fulva Kwanso glows as if it is a lit sparkler.
Since the lily was filled with textures and defined shapes, I wanted to contrast it against a background that was full of bokeh effects (google it) and experimented with Daniel Smith paints to achieve this. The dark background consists of three layers: Daniel Smith Jadite Genuine, Green Apatite Genuine, Quinacridone Gold; Holbein Permanent Alizarin Crimson; M Graham Dioxazine Purple all brushed on rather loosely and randomly. Daniel Smith Indigo was then densely painted over the bone-dry first layer, and then when all was dry, I used various scrubber brushes to remove layers of paint to create the mottled-light effects. I went back in with additional colors including Schmincke Phthalo Blue to add in lots of texture. I enjoyed working with the new Daniel Smith paints—they have an interesting granulating texture when used with lots of water.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14.25″ x 20″