August 26, 2010
European poppies, 2nd view of progress, ©Jill Rosoff 2010
Same painting as in the previous post, with more development. This one is going a little differently than my typical method of development. On this one I have already painted in the black center on the one poppy before placing the rest of the blossoms into the composition. I realized I was so interested in how the black center was going to look on the red poppy I couldn’t wait to paint it in. It was fun, but it also threw the balance of the piece out of whack. I usually like to have the whole composition blocked in before I go on with the development and include such specific details. And I also know that sometimes a painting will lead me in different ways.
Anyhoo, I have filled in the petals on the blossom at the upper left, added another full blossom, and I’ve grown some more buds into the composition. We’ll see where it goes!
August 23, 2010
Painting of European poppies, in progress, ©Jill Rosoff 2010
I’ve been on a bit of a painting hiatus, concentrating on the new set of notecards (see July 28th). As a result, I have some paintings that are ‘under construction’ so that’s where I’m taking this for now.
This one of poppies, obviously a ‘true north’ subject matter for me. This one is a little bit of a departure from my usual suspects . I’ve concentrated mostly on the Iceland variety of poppies, the ones that show up in the spring here in So Cal, and are particularly ubiquitous at business parks in their street-side planting areas that surround the concrete signage. People only see them when they drive into the parking lot, and as again as they drive out. Its always seemed a little too spare a sighting for flowers so rapturously alive. They are red, oranges, yellow, white, pink, and magenta, and all have yellow centers.
This piece has poppies that are from a little more easterly direction, the fields of coquelicot of France, the papaveri of Italy. Take a moment, do you remember what they look like? They are all orange/red, with black centers. I’m operating from memory here, and photos I took too long ago.
And this painting is only part of the way done, and its the first time I’ve shown an ‘in process’ piece on this blog so far. You can see I’ve sketched in other poppies, and have finished the center on only the first blossom. I think there’ll be more poppies in it ultimately. It’ll be back when its complete!
August 4, 2010
At last, today I was tickled to present the prize of a set of notecards to Stacy McCullough, one of the two winners from the “You Get To Choose” selection process for this new set! Apropos to the occasion, we met for the presentation at a local coffee house in Costa Mesa, Kean, and enjoyed a cup of the brew that inspires this series of paintings. Thanks, Stacy, for participating in the selection!
See my July 28th post to purchase my cards!