This week I thought, "I want to do something completely different". I was given a beautiful bouquet of bright magenta carnations. I thought, "Painting the bouquet realistically might feel a little staid or boring ( though, of course, beautiful as flowers always are)." I decided to go 'loose', very loose. I literally started to throw paint around. I had so much fun. Now I feel like the painting represents the cheery feeling these carnations gave me each time I passed by them in the kitchen. Please enjoy! (:
I love painting flowers, put painting flowers in shadow is very difficult. It is hard to keep the shadow colors bright, fresh and 'flowery', not muddy looking.
Apples are famous as gifts for favored teachers, but an orchid would be a delightful gift from a student instead.
This was a summer like no other; warm weather, soft breezes, balmy evenings. My attention was continually grabbed by my garden and flowers. The amaryllis were spectacular. They reminded me of trumpets playing the Morning Call. They were always sounding off at me saying "Look at us", and I could not ignore them in their glory. I painted them on a 12"x36" canvas to make it possible to hear the music.
I have been fascinated by the cosmos for many years. Now with improved telescopes we humans can get a peek into our heavens. The amazing gas explosions, dying stars and living stars are now seen through new eyes. All the colors and spectacular shapes are beyond our imagination. I had fun trying to portray the power and energy alive in our skies. Becoming Light, acrylic by Sylvia
During the summer we ripened our homegrown tomatoes in our Trifle dish. They looked so perfectly charming, so happy at home. For some crazy reason I thought I should paint them. But alias a clear glass dish is both like painting something yet nothing. It was a struggle to make the tomatoes look like they are on the inside of the glass dish. Whew! Oil by Sylvia
I tamed the pears. Though, this may not be done yet (: I can always see a bit here or there I could redo, a mark possibly. I could make it better. We will see if further taming needs to be done? The pears have got to be eaten. Today!
Oh my gosh! Have I gone mad? No, not really. I bought so many pears. The students had to paint them in class. When I got home I thought, "I have an army of pears. I better paint them". I am showing you the 'raw wild' start. It's kind of physcidillic. Maybe even scary looking. Tune in again to see if I can tame the pears.....
As you can see I am back to painting flowers again. Actually this is a favorite painting of mine that I sold to a good friend this summer. I never thought I would sell it but I know it is well loved and is getting a good home.
I painted this Eucalyptus, Protea Flower grouping from life earlier this Spring.
The flower arrangement was rather tall and lanky. Not good for a painting composition. To get all the flowers on the canvas, so that they looked nice, I had to 'shrink' some of the stems to bring the beautifully odd flowers closer together. This allows the viewer (you) the real impact of the bouquet. Secret, as you can see, the lowest flower doesn't actually end up going into the vase. (: I hope you enjoy this painting as much as I love it.
This beautiful little orchid of mine was "screaming" to be painted. It reminds me of little white butterflies flitting about. It is so pretty I hope I did it justice.
This photo just surfaced of a painting I did year's ago. It is now hanging in a child's room. I hope they enjoy it. My paintings always feel like my children to me and I want to know where they go.... to a good loving home.