Iris Painting Complete

I finished the painting of the iris.  It is on a 20 x 24 canvas, and it is a departure from my usual style of painting.  I started with a canvas that had five coats of gesso spread on with a plastic spreader, sanded smooth after each coat was dry.

I used a series of very thin washes to build up the main flower, and a series of thin scumbles for the background trees and grasses.  I finished it off with several coats of clear acrylic matte finish.  I don’t think I used more than a tablespoon of paint for the whole work.  It has a silky smooth feel to the surface.

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