Fourth Step in Flower Oil Painting – Trees and Stone Wall

At this stage of the flower oil painting with a porch I have been working on the left side of the canvas. This area has pine trees and smaller bushes and a stone wall. There is a garden following the edge of the lawn as it drops down closer to the ocean.  I painted this tree area and softened edges as I went along. I did not want any hard edges here because it is not the focal point.

  4th step in Seaside porch and flower oil painting by artist P.J. Cook


Another area that I have spent a lot of time painting is the details of the pillars.  The top and bottom of these white pillars has nice detail that I wanted to show in this flower painting with the porch.  I blocked in the hanging flowers and I now have the entire canvas covered with a layer of oil paint. Below shows the progression from the start of this porch painting. Check back in a few days to see the next step in this flower oil painting landscape.

Third Step – Blocking In the Foreground

I have continued working on this flower oil painting in the area of the porch and hanging flowers. The first goal is to get the whole canvas painted with the first layer of oil paint. From the previous post where I had the background done I have moved to the foreground with the porch and the hanging flowers. There is also a stone wall on the left that I blocked in using similar colors as the porch. The only area left to block-in are the trees on the left side of this flower painting. This 16″ x 20″ original oil painting on canvas will be for sale when it is completed. Check back in a few days to see how this coastal landscape with flowers progresses.

blocking in canvas with oil paint in this landscape with a porch and flowers



Second Step – Background

The next step in this new Flower Oil Painting by the shore is to lay in the background. As you can see in the photo below of the canvas I have painted the background ocean and sky. The sun is coming from the left and this area will be light in value.  I am laying in a variety of greens in the grass area. This is a rather large area and I do not want this green to attract to much attention so it is important to tone down the green and use a variety of greens in this flower painting.

flower painting by the shore


Another area that I have worked on is the perspective of the porch where the flowers are because this is the focal point. I want to be sure the angles of the roof and deck are correct and I did adjust some of the lines of the patio below the hanging flowers. At this point I want to cover the canvas with a rather quick layer of paint. I like to get the entire canvas blocked in so I can view the entire painting as a whole. Below is the first stage in this flower oil painting by the shore from the previous post.


First Step In Flower Oil Painting


starting new oil painting of flowers on a porch



Sketch For Flower Painting

My initial sketch for this painting was done very quickly with black marker. I did this sketch to see how the composition looked and whether any adjustments needed to be made to improve the overall composition. I liked how this flower painting looked at this point so I proceeded to the next step which was laying it out on canvas that you can see above.


sketch in marker for flower painting by the shore