So, you guessed it—headed out to the garden, got down and dirty, and took me some pix.
Went to my studio with a few intentions: big brush, gestural strokes, bright underpainting of entire canvas. Often when I paint, I lose myself in a scene, as though I were there. With my flowers, I got absorbed in the act of painting. Felt very aware of how different that process is for me from a year ago.
Last summer, I would never have thought to paint my canvas a deep orange before starting. I would not have painted without sketching first. It would never have occurred to me to let the underpainting pop through vividly. I would have painted the sky first and then superimposed my flowers. I would have used a small, small brush more than once, holding it like a pencil and essentially using it to draw.
Instead, with my flowers, I was in playground mode, running around playing with new techniques. Had fun messing about. Thanks, Laurie, for sparking some experimentation in me!
|Downside of a Black Eye|
6x6", acrylic on gessobord