I got up early to do this…Took the flowers out of the kettle and used a high sheen satin that was kind of a purplish blue. I’m not sure what I’ll do tomorrow…but I think if I do paint flowers, I’ll have to get a new bunch!
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!
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.
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.
This is a $2 bouquet that I threw into the sun and tried to capture before it went down soon after.
This is the third poinsettia painting I’ve done. The other two were a couple years ago…I can see the improvement. I like the way the red, green, and white shapes create an abstract pattern. I guess it’s a little past poinsettia time, but it was fun to get to use the bright reds.
The marigolds are on their way out, so I got out one of my smallest vases and canvas boards. It was a gray day so the light is kind of flat which can be quite lovely. In keeping with the split complementary idea…
I thought I would try this again, but with green instead of brown paper under the bottle, and a creamer instead of an apple–and I twisted the bottle into a different position so different flowers would be seen. It’s funny how a few little changes can create a completely different piece.
I liked what happened with yesterday’s set up but felt cheated by the wind, so taking another shot at it today….with some changes: earlier in the day, yellow cloth, different plum, slight zoom out….there you go. I’m off to speak with some gallery owners. I want to bring my latest work, but the paint is too thick and just winds up on everything.