Oil painting of daffodils
Lori Putnam, "Spring Hopes," 12 x9, oil on linen panel

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.” Plein Air Live button

Putnam is on the faculty of this week’s Plein Air Live – once again we are hosting this global virtual event, but the content is all new! Don’t pass up this convenient opportunity to skyrocket your art skills from your own home!

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.

“Spring Hopes” (above) is available through LoriPutnam.com.

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.

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