I painted this about 3 weeks ago. I have had a lot going on…and posting has fallen to the way side. There are several more pieces I’d like to post soon. Operation tomorrow. Please hold me in your prayers. Thank you.
This is the second one from yesterday’s bouquet. The next ones will focus on the roses as well.
Last week I went to a plein air workshop for 3 days at Descanso Gardens. The place is actually almost too pretty to paint. I liked the way the benches in the shade took on a purplish cast against the yellow of the rosebushes, and of course the sunny day (after I found a shady area to paint from).
So I don’t know why I did this today. I even bought a beautiful posey of pink roses I wanted to paint after lunch. This was so difficult! It narrowly escaped me swiping it with turps and a rag. If not for the challenge, I probably would have. Either that, or at least have waited to work on it again tomorrow. I caught a glimpse of myself in the bathroom mirror and the light was coming in from the room next to it…so I thought I’d try it again. I couldn’t see myself as well since the mirror was farther away…making it really hard to see what the heck my lips looked like…but I thought it would force me to be more painterly…Yeah, right…I do like the strong light…I think I should give it a rest though and come back to do another one in a week or so.
I guess I like a challenge. I was listening to a video about learning self love through “mirror work” and since I’m feeling like I need a little more of that, what better mirror work than another self portrait? The light was low so I used the daylight from the window and an overhead electric light in the narrow space I did this in. I tried to be a little more careful with the drawing this time too. I wish I could do one head on but there really isn’t room for the easel right now at that angle. Anyway, it was engaging and maybe I will do another one or two before the month ends. One a week might be a good plan. Do you remember the one from last week? Which one do you prefer and why?
This is a second version of the piece I did “en plein air” in NC (see below). The differences are the sizes AND that this is done with brushes only while the first was done with palette knife (and of course, one is from life the other from a photo). So which do you prefer and why?
I like to paint a self portrait on my birthday or other auspicious days like New Years. I gave my students the assignment for their final and thought I’d join in. Then I thought “I really should do this more often (like every day)” but haven’t gotten to it just yet. I’m finally posting this at least–it’s from last Thursday, May 28!
Special on tulips at Whole Foods today. I have 3 vases to choose from. I was going to paint these even larger…but decided to rein it in. I’m reminding myself to paint smaller and more often…though the temptation to go larger is there…and I will do so soon…but I’d like it to be on a day that I’ve already been painting a lot in the days before. I answered the phone during this painting, which turned out to be a mistake…Oh well, live and learn.