Now that the background is painted in, it's time to paint the balcony. I start with the railing and the wall on the left - love that pink door!
The edges on all four sides will be painted. I've already done the top and right edge. All that will be left is the bottom.
When architecture is involved, wrapping the painting around can cause an interesting effect depending on which angle you view the painting from.
Next I will paint the deck chairs and the pots of foliage. I've also added flowering shrubs just beyond the railings which you can see below.
I use a small flat brush to paint the ornamental leaves in the pots. This automatically adds the appearance of veins and texture to the foliage. Below is the finished balcony.
The railing throws the suggestion of a cast shadow onto the blue chairs. There is a palm tree peeking out from behind the edge of the building. The pots are planted. Now the balcony is ready for two people to sit and enjoy the view!
Before finishing this piece, I go back to the right hand side to add highlights and adjust the colors so that the entire piece will work together harmoniously.
Below you can see the full painting.
See the other parts of Tropical Retreat oil painting demonstration.