Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Work in Progress - Daffodils

Daffodils flower nature sketchbook
Daffodils in my sketchbook - WIP

I do love to paint flowers. Perhaps it is the winter blahs - we've been having nasty weather (at least by Florida standards), maybe it's all the yucky news about the economy, or maybe it's just me, but I haven't been able to paint much of anything that I really, really like! Dagnabit! Do you ever go through one of those spells? Nothing looks right, the colors are all wrong, the perspective's off, the shadows are wrong , the composition doesn't work, and on and on and on. Enough already!

Whereas I am not happy with the painting above, I am at least willing to share it! Hopefully, I'll have time to paint these blooms again. When I saw them at the market yesterday, I couldn't have been more excited - just what the doctor ordered to fixed the blahs! When I brought them home yesterday, I had 1 bloom and 3 buds. This morning, I was a bit surprised to find I had 4 blooms! I also bought a hyacinth to paint - it's just barely a bud, so I have a little time (I think!) to play with that one. 

I had hoped to finish the painting above, but the light failed before I could complete it. There will be another bloom at the top on the left and the bloom on the bottom left is not complete. I had put a wash on it, but was not happy with the way it was drying, so I washed it out and allowed that to dry. There is also a color change from the right bloom to the left as I couldn't seem to come up with the right shadow color for the yellow. 

It felt so good to lose myself in the work for a while. I get so tired of my own voice sometimes that I crave that escape of being in the zone, blissfully unaware of time passing, environment or anything except the art. And, there's always another chance to get it right tomorrow!

5 comments:

  1. Had to laugh when I read your commentary .. "this is not complete, not happy with this, etc, etc......" when you've got a perfectly beautiful painting started! Really...it looks wonderful. Look forward to seeing it finished - and ditto on the last paragraph - art is a mini vacation, isn't it? :-)

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  2. Thanks, Teresa, and thanks for the reminder - we are our own worst critics aren't we?!

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  3. I agree with Teresa, it is a beautiful start and I agree with you that we are our own worst critics.

    That 'zone' is a great place to be isnt' it! I know this will be beautiful when you are done.

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  4. Thanks, Teri, I am debating whether to keep going or just start over this morning. I think I'm beginning to get addicted to that "zone feeling" too! LOL!

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  5. Laure, please keep going and finish this. I think it is wonderful!

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