Thursday, July 27, 2006
oil on Masonite
oil on canvas board
still wet but
give it a week
This is the story of two paintings of marigolds. Marigolds are my favorite flower( I know I say that about every flower) but I love the brilliant color, texture and most of all the smell.
The first painting I like better because the neutral greenish gray background helps highlight the brilliant orange flowers. I also like the way the light comes through the glass. Tricky brush work in this one that I wish I could say just flows onto the canvas. The truth is I struggled to make it look right and most times struggling with paint only produces .....ugly paint. This time the gods of practice were looking the other way and it worked.
The second painting was a challenge from the start. The photo here is actually slightly darker than the original painting. What a difference trying to paint clear glass with a nearly white background. I settled on a more impressionistic look than what I originally intended. (Is that what we call artistic license?) These margolds are much more featherly than the others. I don't think I did them justice.
This is a painting challenge I need to come back to again... remember this one: Glass with white background and intense color object.