Well, we’re almost at the end of the 30 days, so I tried this subject again and I am pleased with my progress over the last 3 weeks. I’m really curious what could happen if I could keep going without stopping…but I know I’m going to need at least a week off soon.
I found this still life as is. I like the limited number of colors in this one–a winter palette at the end of the summer.
This is from the second day of the art festival in Beverly Hills.
Okay, so this happened sooner than I anticipated…going bigger….and hopefully even bigger soon. Meanwhile, I enjoyed the freedom that the extra space allowed. The spreading tulips needed their space!
Maybe I should’ve tried this at a smaller size. I thought the red Gerbers against the yellow would just be an easy slam dunk–it wasn’t. The light went fast, and I found myself inventing stuff after I photographed it…to make it work better…It just seemed too big to fit on a small panel, but I wish I had time to do little ones every day…I did do a painting on Monday…and found out today that it is sold–Yay! I will post it with permission soon.
Changed the background for this one, and put some of the flowers that were further along on the table…The darker background makes the flowers appear more luminescent…a different feeling than the 3 before. (I was doing a standing meditation this morning, got warm and threw my jacket on the floor…later to discover that the painting was right there, still wet! Luckily, paint comes off if you get it soon enough…and the jacket was from Goodwill…still I kind of like it. Maybe I need to figure out a better drying strategy? Or remember there are wet paintings all over my living room floor?)
Second day, second bouquet!
I really crashed hard off that 40 days…but I’m going to try to be more consistent about my painting for as long as I can with the financial issues I have hanging over my head…One thing motivating me: a demo for an art association in 10 days. Another thing, I am going to a painting workshop in 13 days…so all in all, I need to be up to snuff (whatever that means). We wound up at the Santa Monica farmer’s market…we used to go every week and then the winter hit and it’s been months of not wanting to brave the Arctic temps of Santa Monica…they had some great deals on flowers, Ranunculi in particular–3 beautiful bunches for $12. So when I got home, I set it up…some of them were already drooping…guess you get what you pay for. The next day I painted this. I often listen to talk internet while painting but I did listen to some music and found myself having some deep thoughts about my life that I suppose I often try to avoid by avoiding painting, etc…There’s a blog challenge starting today so there’s another motivation. Honestly, I am highly motivated to paint at this point, but I need $ too for Uncle Sam, etc.
I set this up without lighting it (atypical) since the day was gray and the lighting seemed like it would stay stable. It gives it a soft look and I like the harmony of the dusty pink, orange and green. The baby artichokes were from the market too. I got them because I thought their complexity would work well with the flowers. The similar shapes enhance an abstact eye movement. I went back to a bigger size…I just cannot get myself to paint flowers on a 6 x 6!