Sunday 16 June 2013
I'm finding it very hard to get around to painting as often as I'd like to. I feel there are so many things I should - and want - to be doing that I don't know where to start. In the end I often don't start at all. Thankfully, I did finally begin working on a painting yesterday. I painted for an hour or so but the sunshine was calling my name, so I gardened for a couple of hours before returning to paint for another hour. I have just spent 2 more hours on it today. I have worked from a photo I posted a few months ago. I have always liked the photo but hadn't intended to paint from it as it was already a piece of art, but in my sluggish mental state, it looked like an easy option.
I should know by now that no subject matter is an easy option. It was a painstaking task to get the angles and stance correct on these cheeky birds to capture their quintessential galahishness. Or should that be galah-ity? Their antics do inspire hilarity!
Monday 3 June 2013
I had moments while painting this picture when I felt in touch with my inner chrysanthemum, but it only lasted while working on the left half of the main flower as you can see. Most of the time I felt I was channeling a dead thistle.
I had initially set it up to paint from life, but when I took a photo of it, I rather liked the way it had simplified the jar and so worked from that instead. The photo made the flowers look much pinker than they are so I tried to remain faithful to the real thing.