I think the cloudy day affected my color choices on this one. The flowers are still abundant at the farmers market..yay! Thinking my compositions are a bit sparse lately...may need to amp them up a bit.
I love painting long shadows..they can add so much to a composition. I am working on abstracting areas and simplifying shapes. Trying to get away from painting exactly what I see and making more up as I go.
This is another in my writing series. Also been playing with circle elements in these latest paintings. I started using it because my subject matter was set up on a white round table...then it kinda kept creeping into more and more backgrounds...anyway, I am liking it for the time being.
So, in doing these paintings with the writing added, I am finding lots of places to go with this idea. Right now I am focusing on my own thoughts and how I am feeling about certain things...but I could take it further. For now, though I will continue on and see how it evolves.
So, I am trying something new. I am writing whatever is on my mind at the time onto my primed board before I start my painting. This was my first attempt at this to see how it went...I am happy with it on many levels. One, it helps get the thoughts and emotions out of my head..sort of feels like they are being dealt with as I write them down. Two, it adds a bit more meaning to my work..there is a story behind the pretty floral. And three, it provides another element to my painting..texture and interest. Anyway..we will see where it goes.
We have a little dogwood tree out in our neighborhood that was getting choked out by some bushy weed. We cut the weeds away a couple years ago and pruned the little tree. It must feel happy now because it flowered this spring..perfect view of it from my studio window. These are some of the flowers..pretty in pink.
I love to try to deconstruct flowers into shapes. They sometimes turn out very abstract which is fun and surprising...results can be good and bad. I am happy with this one, so this would fall in the good category.
So we are getting pounded by snow today, so my thoughts are wandering to warm sunny days with family and friends..and my painting went there too. A nice happy sunny floral to help kick the winter blahs.
It has taken a lot of practice for me to loosely paint flowers. It is so easy to get caught up in every individual petal. I admire the photo realistic artists but I have found that I love to paint more impressionistic I guess. The simple idea of color, texture, light and shadow presented in an interesting composition is all I need to feel happy.
Life can get so complicated and annoying sometimes and it is hard to slow down and turn off. That happens with painting too. I can easily get frustrated trying to out-do myself and think too much and too hard about subject matter and composition...which leads me to NOT paint at all. I find it is important to calm down and make it simple. And sometimes the best way to calm down is with a glass of wine...cheers!
Back to painting...again. Hopefully I can keep it going for a while. Seems I can't find my groove with painting on a regular basis. I am trying, though. Starting back up with my favorite..wine studies. I thought I would be a bit rusty, but this one turned out pretty well to my surprise. Anyway, feeling motivated so far..it felt good to push some paint around again.