Okay! I admit it. I'm ready for a bit of season change. I'd can't say "I'd LIKE to get in the garden" because I prefer the studio. However, I NEED to get in the garden. So far we have 2 garden tours, one wedding and a party planned here this summer. Cnn't afford to let it get too far away from us.
I think this model is marvelous. Such a petulant look about her. You should probably be prepared to see more of her. Maybe literally. It's so hard to identify that little thing that makes the difference between an okay model and a really good one. I think it's in the way they use their eyes.
A funny thing happened on the way to the next blue poppy painting. It was this. My husband calls them my "pop ups". Something crawls into my brain and I just can't help but respond. Portrait and figure has always been my favorite thing to attack. It doesn't always fit into the flow of things. That said, you'll certainly be subjected to more soon. It's funny how many similarities are to be found when you go from flowers to people to pets. It really does seem like different approaches to portait work.
Do you think this thing with the flowers means I'm ready for spring? Spring seems like that double edged sword; full of beauty and HARD WORK. Have you ever asked yourself "if I could afford a full time gardener, would I have one?" That feels like having a fancy interior decorator furnish your house. It's sreally THEIR house, you just pay for it and live in it. Nice to look at but no soul.
This is another of the "blue" poppies. Rest assured, there was a whole lot more than BLUE on my palette. These little devils are just marvelous. Very difficult to grow from what I've heard. Probably not destine for our garden. We make great grunt labor but not finesse.
I'm not sure why my camera picked up so much reflection from the paint on the left. It doesn't look like that in person. I may shoot it again and repost....or not. I think you get a pretty good feel for the painting. Should I say "or not" again? These blue poppies are a challenge to put on canvas. The blues are all over the board and difficult to mimic.
My friends that own the Old Goat Farm in Orting Washington have around 100 birds of various kinds. They all have names an each was named after someone famous. I can't remember this guy but his strut is as impressive as his crown!
I'm a painter living in Enumclaw, Washington. It's a small town in the foothills below Mt. Rainier. My sculptor husband and I share 3 studios, a foundry,6 cats, a one-of-a-kind, custom, cast bronze door and cabinet hardware company and 5 beautiful acres of land on which we host a July outdoor sculpture show. "A Painting a Day" seemed a little over the top. Just up my alley. Don't look for any consistency in subject matter. The one sure thing? color!
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