Here I am back from my "bolgcation" a month earlier than I had planned. I left the landscaping job. (It seems working in 100 degree heat doesn't do good things for my body.)
Before I took time off from blogging, I said I was thinking of taking my art in a new direction. I am still working that out as I type this, but here's a hint... I actually took out my watercolors!!!! I know... I was shocked too! But let's not get ahead of the ourselves. This is about a new journey. A new direction for Daily Painting Practice. ( with some familiar bumps in the road.)
I have always had a deep love of nature and have always had a special place in my heart for birds, flowers, plants and trees. I have been a bird watcher since I was a child, I remember illustrating my own book of birds in the 4th grade. Botanical drawing and painting has always fascinated me as well. The Dutch flower painters from the 1600's.have also intrigued me. The exquisite quality of their work is fascinating but what interests me is the study and knowledge that is behind those paintings. So that is where my journey will begin.
When I say begin, I mean I am a beginner at this. I have piles of sketch books in the studio... all empty, waiting to be filled with plant studies, bird sketches, and flowers... lots of flowers.
I am finding that the sketching takes so much longer than I imagined. However, I have discovered one of the gifts that comes with this practice.... It generates ideas. The time spent sketching frees space in your mind that allows creative thoughts and ideas to flow in. Think of it as yoga for your brain.
Above is a thumbnail sketch of an idea for an arrangement fora painting of peonies.
I ask she who must not be named " What do you think? What's wrong with it?"
" That flower on the top is too high for the vase it would fall over."
Now I can't decide. so I took it out.
I have a painting problem. Every problem I think I solve I cause another to appear. I'm hoping those of you still reading this can help me solve some... take a look at the last two photos. Was there anything wrong with the top one? Does the arrangement feel right or should it come out? Any ideas on what to do?
I love change... change is my friend....change is good.... I need a cup of tea.
what an interesting post...! I loved all the sketches. I didn't find anything wrong with the version where one flower was tallest, as a matter of fact it seemed to fill the canvas best. Very beautiful flowers!
Maybe bigger/different handles on the vase might have made the composition feel less top heavy? I quite liked the tall flower version too!
Great post though, excellent idea, really enjoyed reading the process..
I love the way the flowers seem lit up and how you created the darker parts of the flower.
I like the tall composition also.
Really enjoyed reading this with my morning coffee, just goes to prove it not just me. LOL
Fun to watch you process this piece and very nice work.
I think the composition has become too frontal... it feels 'thin' at the top. I'd like to see a top flower, but one that faced away from us giving a greater sense of depth to the bouquet. Also, they are at a stage of 'thing-ness' rather than full of the life and lusciousness that you conveyed so beautifully in the sketches.
... just my 2 cents!
Thank you for your wonderful paintings! I really enjoy receiving your blog in my email! I wish your name came with it (in the title of your blog) so I could learn your name and know who you are....
I really admire these drawings and the painting!
You got me really excited when you mentioned watercolor, Peter! I agree that the painting was too heavy with the big peony on top. What I would suggest now is to put a few of your buds peeking out between the larger peonies - Just like in real flower arrangements there is always some baby's breath or fillers to add some texture and variety. I think this will give it some more interest and flow. :)
I like the bottom composition best. I sometimes think my background as a designer first makes me love "white space". Go with it young man...!!
Peter, we have been following your work since July 2006. I fell in love with the simplicity and honesty of a jar of Smuckers jam and cookies and milk. We complimented that admiration with the purchase of 3 of your daily paintings. (medium, mums and work boots) Keep up the posts and your art, it inspires us. Love from Oregon
I think you did a great job detailing the the process that you used.
The drawing had such precise edges and value contrasts...some of that distinction could come back perhaps?
thanks for sharing your process and your thoughts. As a beginner, it's very helpful...
thank you for this blog that allows us amateurs to follow a master.Its exciting to watch step by step the making of a painting.
May I suggest more info about the colours employed'?Thank you again
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