I had so much fun with this one I spaced taking photos of the
image as I painted. So……… this series goes right from drawing on the canvas to a nearly finished painting of three flowers. (That’s why I included in my last post, “Practice”, the series from the study for this painting.) So……… it may seem this series is more about painting a back ground than painting floweres though that wasn’t my intention. And in the finished painting there are some interesting edges that, as it turns out, seem to me to be perhaps the most important part of making this painting work. If your computer has the option of blowing these images up you’ll see what I mean.
Any way, take a look at the “Practice” post and you’ll have a pretty good idea of the way these guys came together.
It’s never my intent to simply copy what I’m looking at whether I’m painting from life or from my computer screen here at home. I’ll change things and manipulate until I get what I’m after. I’ll place a dark where I believe it really needs to be or I’ll pick color that seem to work best so I am able to say what I’m wanting to say. More often than not I spend more time paying attention to what’s on the canvas than I do to what ever it is I’m using for a guide. (A lot of fun can be had by recording a first impression on to the canvas then turning 180 degrees to finish a painting.)
But when I get stuck and I’m having a hard time deciding what I need to do next I go back to my subject for clues. And I always seem to find what’s right. Something will tell me what I’ve got to do to move on. And as soon as I get going again I’ll go back to doing it my way.