Glowing flower of the Crepe Myrtle

Capture the intimacy of the sunset illuminating these tiny purple flowers.

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  designed by Peter Inglis.

The Crepe Myrtle's flower is so small (1-2 cm) you can't even see it from a few metres away.

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  designed by Peter Inglis.
My mother's garden, looking west. The Crepe Myrtle is the central bush at the far end.

As I walked toward this bush I could see tiny flickering red lights. What was this? Magic? Solar powered LEDs?

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  designed by Peter Inglis.
The source image from my photograph.

No, amazingly it turned out to be the sunset lighting up these delicate purple flowers from behind. As the sun's rays hit these dancing flowers they would momentarily glow a brilliant pink!

Isn't nature full of miracles?

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  designed by Peter Inglis.
Stage 2: Blocking in the colours

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  designed by Peter Inglis.
Stage 3: Developing the textures

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  designed by Peter Inglis.
Stage 4: Detail

In another painting we will capture the sunset hitting the leaves of the Crepe Myrtle.

Crepe Myrtle Flower -  designed by Peter Inglis.
The leaf of the Crepe Myrtle

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Depth
  • Focal Point
  • Hard and soft edges
  • Impressionist style
  • Palette knife
  • Texture

Paint this!

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women (excerpt)

Bring the tropical sensuality of Tahiti into your home with this iconic portrait by Paul Gauguin.

Gauguin, Two Tahitian Women (excerpt) designed by Peter Inglis.

Bring the tropical sensuality of Tahiti into your home with this iconic portrait by Paul Gauguin.

Gauguin's Tahiti series brought the warmth and uninhibited sensuality of the tropics into the drawing rooms of France. It was considered quite shocking at the time.

Capture her wistful expression as she offers up a plate of sliced mango fruit.

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Stage 2: Blocked in (from Tone - Blocking - Texture - Detail)

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
The glorious tropical palette of colours

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Gauguin, Two Tahitian Women, 1899
94 cm x 72 cm

To devise this lesson plan I worked from the original and:

  • Analysed the colours
  • Worked out how to mix them using the Chevreaux Colour System
  • Analysed the composition
  • Painted several versions
  • Assessed what was going to be feasible and enjoyable for students to paint, and how long it would take.

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Workshopping Gauguin

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Impressionist style
  • Portrait painting
  • Hands

Paint this!

Gauguin: The face of a Tahitian Woman

Master the placement of the eyes, nose and mouth as you paint this beautiful and compelling portrait by Paul Gauguin.

Gauguin, Two Tahitian Women (excerpt) designed by Peter Inglis.

We will use impasto to create the thick, creamy texture of oil paints.

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
The sketch painting

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
The glorious tropical palette of colours

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Gauguin, Two Tahitian Women, 1899
94 cm x 72 cm

To devise this lesson plan I worked from the original and:

  • Analysed the colours
  • Worked out how to mix them using the Chevreaux Colour System
  • Analysed the composition
  • Painted several versions
  • Assessed what was going to be feasible and enjoyable for students to paint, and how long it would take.

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Workshopping Gauguin

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Portrait painting
  • Impasto

Paint this!