There’s a white house across the way that was re-built sometime in the last 20 years to have a top part and a fence and trees, etc. Depending on the light, the house can look lavendar and the trees in front can be lit up yellow…I painted it 2 days in a row, but they look different. I will post the other one tomorrow. Time of day, time of year, it’s always changing. I could paint it over and over and probably will.
I went to a yoga class today that advertised it would address our relationship with time….It’s hard not to feel pressured with the light going so quickly these afternoons now that Daylight Savings Time is here…and these gorgeous roses that life gifted me with…I know their time is so fleeting. I wish I had my own rose bushes…but when these go….so will my ability to paint roses for a while. I do so love them! Can you tell?
I think we need a rest from all those crazy bright colors I’ve been pounding out…and the roses are still alive (yay!)…so here we go. One thing that is going to take some getting used to is that 4 is the new 3…ie. the dreaded Daylight Savings Time! I wish they would just leave the clocks alone…but I digress. It was fun to work with more pastel shades and higher values, less saturated color, for a change. I think I’ve painted something like this in my head many times.
P.S. I liked experimenting with the different whites—a warm creamy white mini pumpkin in back of the bluish white creamer, on the creamy color cloth.
I must love a challenge. I also love magenta. But oil paint and magenta in the sun don’t mix well…at least I have a hard time with it. I’ve seen other artists do too…if you go with a real magenta and try to lighten it, it looks blue and not sunny, so you basically have to go warm and it turns red or orange…which is fine, but it’s not magenta! The table cloth here was a silky hot pink material and some of the flowers were varying shades of intense pinks and purples.
The palette knife comes out! And I’ve photographed it in a way that you can see that. Remind me to try something a little less challenging tomorrow.
I’m just feelin’ all the rich color of autumn…how inspiring! I honestly did not set out to make this a split complementary painting…but when it was done…classic split complementary! I keep thinking I should paint landscape…so many more opportunities to show and sell…but you don’t really get this kind of intense color outside…and you certainly don’t get to arrange it however you want to, while you listen to internet radio. The marigolds–pure eye candy!
I’ve realized that I tend to wait until the afternoon to start painting because it takes until about then for the marine layer to burn off and the sun to come out. Not that I don’t love gray days for painting, but it is easier to get a pop when painting sunlight. For me, this piece is as much about the space between the marigolds, the daisies, and the pumpkin as the things themselves.
As I was writing this, I realized I wanted much more of that pop and decided to re-paint the shadow area and the area surrounding the marigolds. This is like double work, with the photo and photoshop and uploading but hey, what can you expect during Mercury Retrograde, especially when you have a lot of mercury in your chart like I do. At least I think it is an improvement and saying more of what I wanted to now. And the little blue daisy vase (which made its debut in my paintings after being bought a few years ago at a garage sale) blew over in the wind, spilled water all over the blue paper (which I had to throw away), and now has a little crack on its stem. Was it worth it?!
I guess what I did was first have the upper half reflecting the warmth of the marigolds. In the second (top) version, I have the whole blue background more unified to contrast with the warmth of the warm flowers and pumpkin. I think it works better??! Or do you like the one underneath better and I should learn to leave well enough alone?
Went to the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market again since those snapdragons were so inspiring…They wanted $15 for a small arranged bunch that had some stock, a sunflower, etc….I wish I felt like no biggie, but I decided I had enough stuff to paint without splurging…and then I found a funny bunch for $2. I liked the little pink carnations and just the hodge-podgey-ness of it…and the price. My former step mother used to get a big kick out of a guy who sat outside Grand Central Station in NYC and kept repeating endlessly “dolla bunch”–we won’t say how many decades ago. Anyway, the afternoon was seriously getting away from me but thanks to the 30 day challenge I finally just had at it…and I’m glad I did. Something new is going on in my work…that I’m kind of diggin’. Now if someone will buy a painting, I can feel better about all the money I spent on paints and boards in the last 24 hours…the flowers are on me.
I will return to Bert, but for today, it’s the eve of the Jewish New Year and I thought the tradition of apples and honey might make a good subject. I don’t think these will be around tomorrow…and I should refrigerate them now.
Catherine brought tomatoes and peppers and mint and chard…and the bouquet. We’ve eaten most of it but I was going to paint the tomatoes and peppers and then just couldn’t resist doing the bouquet again so I increased the size to enable me to fit it all in–and threw in a bottle of olive oil from the Ojai farmers’ market. 8 x 8 feels large compared to 6 x 6. It’s all relative, huh?
The sun moves pretty fast in the afternoon. One of these days I will start before noon!