I’m really, really happy with this painting. I feel like all my previous flower paintings have been leading up to this one — not that this one is the be-all end-all of flower paintings, but there are things I was trying, with the earlier ones, with line and composition and etc, that now seem to have found a crystallized form in this picture.
Quite frankly, I was having an off-day that felt almost unsalvageable (playing computer games until I lose track of time, scrounging cold food for lunch and then leaving the dirty dishes any old where, wearing several-days’ PJs) and it was making me seriously tired of myself, so I went over to where Erik was working and just kind of snuggled with him for awhile until I felt like a person again. And meanwhile, I got an idea about how to paint my new bouquet from Farmgirl Flowers. An hour later, I had this (click to enlarge):
I adore it. It feels like the combination of realism and expression, flat representation and free interpretation, that has eluded me since I started painting all these flowers every week.
By the way, here’s the original bouquet:
Tanky!! Almost a week later I still think so. I put it above the dining nook (over the windows) and it makes me happy whenever I see it. Though it did fall down twice so that might not be the best location for it. ;b
I have been love-love-loving your flower paintings! And this one is gorgeous.
Thanks so much, Stacie! I have them all taped up around the apartment and it really amazes me how much I’ve improved just from the first one. Makes me think I should set up a separate gallery/page for them somewhere (like on flickr) to show the progression.
I like that idea!
Me too! Now if I could just get around to doing it. ;b
I love these beautiful colors! Just a gorgeous painting, Lisa!
Thank you so much, Sherry! The colors bring me much joy every time I look at the piece hanging on my wall!
So beautiful! 🙂
Thanks very much, Ronit! I’m fascinated with the way these floral paintings have evolved as I’ve done more and more of them.
I love this painting!!!!
I’m going to say it again !! I LOVE this painting! Carla
Carla, you made me smile!! Thank you for the double comment! 🙂 And the compliment means even more coming from you!
Beautiful sunny bouquet – great job!
Thanks, greenishpeas! 🙂 It was a fabulous bouquet to paint from.
It’s really beautiful, I like the colors and the contrast and the lines of the sunflowers. It’s much more beautiful than the real flowers!
Thanks so much, François! The real flowers were truly gorgeous too, but the painting definitely has a different character. 🙂
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