Haven’t been to the farmers market in a while. These were a last minute $3 purchase that I’m glad I made.
I saw these roses in someone’s arms at the Pac Pal farmers market and she told me where to get them…so I hastened back to find them. Somehow I lost $20, but since I’ve often found $20 bills on the ground, I guess it was my turn to lose one…should have bought more of these roses instead.
This one proved much more difficult and as the hours went by on this gloomy January day it became harder and harder to see what I was doing and trying to get a decent photo in the dark was a feat. None of it would have happened without B. I seriously considered skipping the posting but he wasn’t having it and so using his skills in so many areas, here it is. I may try to shoot it again under daylight conditions. And I think I will go back to smaller and quicker studies for a while. It’s too hard to get anything else done and I’ve signed up for three different programs which all start this week…and I already feel behind.
I took this tea kettle from my mother’s apartment when she died…or maybe right before…hard to remember because it was over 16 years ago. I’ve rarely managed to paint it since but I had this idea pop into my head during yoga. I used it yesterday too…and hope to keep using it now. I don’t think she drank out of it either…and I have no idea where it came from…wish I could ask her.
I painted this about 20 years ago but I don’t remember what happened to the painting. I probably threw it out. I wish I had a photo. I also came down here about 10 years ago, and ah yes, I remember the guy I was with was too cheap to pay for the entry fee…granted it was kind of late in the day. There are some antique shops in the area and I had seen an elegantly curved white pitcher that I was sure would inspire me to paint, but even though it wasn’t that much money I walked away from it and have regretted it ever since. But on to the present…B and I spent a lovely Saturday afternoon here. He roamed the grounds while I painted this from a shaded corner. The passersby were much more interested in what I was doing than usual. I was part of the experience for them. Maybe the Mission should have waived the entry fee? Back to that, lol!
This is the second painting from the 3 day workshop I went to a couple weekends ago. Again, I used brushes, which I haven’t done in quite a while. Next post will show one with just knife and one with just brush….and I’m curious to know what y’all think.
This is the first painting since the 30 in 30. I always experience a bit of “blowback” from cranking so hard. I hadn’t necessarily planned to paint today, but all of a sudden, there was a clearing, and the $5.99 tulips from Trader Joe’s. I had bought a $5 spray of red roses from Whole Foods that died almost immediately…gotta go return them. This was also an attempt to work larger…than the usual daily painting size. The problem was the light left fairly quickly.
These roses seem less hardy than the previous bunch…and it’s been super hot and I didn’t think they would hold up well on the porch, so I brought them into the studio….the advantage of which is the light is not such a tyrant of the time allotted so I went a little larger…
We went to the Pacific Palisades farmers market and there were these gorgeous unusually colored roses–lavendar and a latte color brown and I brought them home and filled 3 vases with them. I’m inspired so expect to see more of these!
Thought I’d try these out on the porch…you have less time when you paint plein air…which can be a good thing when you’re up to your 13th painting in as many days. The purple continues to inspire/challenge me.