Did I mention that I'd be painting more roses? Well this one has a little different personality from the traditional rose. Lots of soft varied petals. Honestly do not know the official name, but it reminded me of the country.
Painted with a mongoose extra long egbert brush... hope you like it.
The answer may seem obvious why I paint small images -
When I first began painting, the instructor started me with still life on very large canvases, usually 16 x 20. I painted in black and white for 6 months! When I finally understood value, I was able to paint in color. It never bothered me to paint this way until I found it taking a long time to finish something. I worked full time and was raising my children... not much time left for painting.
When I started doing smaller studies, I found a new energy to paint more and improve my skills and it seemed to go a little faster - exploring color harmonies and use of tools was more easily understood. I also knew this would be a great way to prepare for larger images.
I've discovered that these small images are very very popular - people love to give them as gifts. They are very affordable and bring a little bit of original hand made art into the home.
Painting roses, use to scare me and stop me in my tracks, but I persevered and enjoy working with them as painting subject. Flower portraits are especially nice because I can concentrate on the unique nature of each bloom. Roses, roses, roses.... more on the way!
Found these little 'posies' in a flower bed. I don't know what they are called in the land of botany, but decided to paint them because they are so unusual looking.
4/27 Update: Someone must have recognized these and it was today that I learned they are called Hellebores. There are many species and all very lovely - good for most any condition as long as they have some shade. AMAZING little posies... hope to paint more in the future.
Today I spent some time catching up on posting images to my blog. My bad for taking so long to do this, but life has a way of distracting me from my to do list.
I decided that since I've been having some good results on ebay, I should take it all to heart and be more consistent by posting the images that have sold! I mean I am thrilled beyond words. Enough said...
Still Life was the first subjects when I began learning to paint. I absolutely love it. It is pulling together objects that bring about a sense of harmony - a place to view - and feel balanced at lease for a few moments.