Oil painting of daffodils
Lori Putnam, "Spring Hopes," 12 x9, oil on linen panel; Available through LoriPutnam.com

Lori Putnam takes us into her process for painting a bright bouquet of backlit daffodils, and explains why one option for the color choices would have been a “contrived cop out.”

On Painting “Spring Hopes”


Who doesn’t love daffodils? I was determined to paint these as backlit flowers, and took on the added challenge of keeping the background (outside the window) light and airy. It would have been easier if I had chosen to make that background dark. As most of you know by now, I never choose easy, and choosing dark just seemed like a contrived cop out. I was hoping for that lovely feeling that comes with spring right around the corner.

One of the most common questions I am asked is how to lay more paint on top of wet paint. Knowing how to control paint consistency and brush pressure is a great place to begin. At Plein Air Live, I will be showing you how to successfully paint using an alla prima approach without frustration. You will learn how to keep color fresh, work edges, and finish with a fabulous variety of surface texture.

Oil painting of flowers
Lori Putnam, “Arizona Sun,” oil on linen, 14 x 18 in
Tonal painting of a boat harbor
Lori Putnam, “Safe Harbor,” 30 x 40, oil on linen panel

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