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!