A Natural Approach to Realism

International Artist Magazine

Flowers by Paula Henchell

If you didn't get a chance to pick up the June/July 2013 issue of International Artist Magazine, here is an overview. In this article I discuss my process in detail. See the step-by-step stages of working from a reference photograph on a toned canvas, how I build layers and use glazing techniques to get the subtle and glowing colours, all the way to the final painting. I talk about my palette and the kinds of brushes I use to achieve the soft backgrounds and hard edge details of realism. Enjoy.

Excerpt from the article:

"I would call my style of painting "natural realism", sometimes bordering on contemporary realism. By that I mean that I approach my subject based on abstract design. I especially like painting flowers in oil... The human eye can only see the nearest flower in detail and the background becomes out of focus. I really like both soft and hard edges in my paintings, so I developed a "blended" look for my backgrounds and a more crisp, hard-edge look for my flowers to make them stand out."

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