I saw the light streaming through the window on these as the vase sat on the carpet and wanted to try to capture the interesting colors in shadow.
I have painted this bougainvillea plant that has been living on my porch for decades a few times, mostly 20 years or so ago. The color of bougainvillea in light is so stunning but there is no paint they have invented yet that can match it. I caught sight of it though this afternoon as I was debating what to paint and thought I’d be brave and give it another go. I thought I was going to have to scrape this one because the lighting was making it appear strange and I was losing light, etc., but actually once I took it in and photographed it, I was happy with it–and I’ll have to try it again sometime soon. It would be interesting to show you the one from 20 years ago, but right now I feel too lazy to mess with it. If there’s a big demand, I’ll re-think that.
I did it! 30 paintings in 30 days (with a couple cheats). I love how much I’ve improved…and all the times I stepped out of my comfort zone. I’m going to take some kind of breather…we’ll see what’s next!
It started out as such a gray foggy day that I was thinking about painting indoors…and then the sun popped out…and this was painted in the noon day sun…where I was melting on the porch. The mums and daisies came from a trip to Trader Joe’s again last night.
Here’s a photo of me in the sun.
I love the dark purple/bright yellow contrast. This vase had given me more headaches than I thought possible when I tried it several months ago, but after all that painting in January and February, it was much easier to paint in a way that I see it.