Sunday, December 20, 2009

Daily Painting Practice - Still life with flowers

An artist needs to be flexible. I don't mean, able touch your toes flexible ( I haven't done that since I was eleven years old), I mean flexible enough to begin again.

I started this still life of flowers in a brass bowl a while ago but never felt comfortable with the way it began.  So I started over on a larger canvas and with a looser brush and more color.

My favorite still life artist of all time is (Henri Fantin Latour). I am trying to keep Latour's loose brush work in mind as I proceed with this painting. My attention is focused on the the white peony in the center. I am trying to work from the center out remembering that the star of the show should be supported and not upstaged by any other object.

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Simple Splendor
work in progress
oil on canvas
From this point on my goal is to make sure each brush stroke has meaning. Each stroke should reveal a small part of the entire story of this painting...
Hopefully it will have a happy ending.


Vivienne said...

It's an incredible piece of work. You remain one of the finest flower painters I have seen, it's by far the hardest of all disciplines in painting.
Happy Christmas

Celeste Bergin said...

I like that you share your disgarded one with us too. Gives us all hope!

Nicole MacP said...

Beautiful painting, I love your improvements! I could spend a lot of time just looking at this!