November 24, 2009
“Narcissus, single stem”, ©Jill Rosoff 2007, 12″ x 4″ $125.00
I love it when bulb season starts. I bought my first pot of paperwhite narcissus (of many, knowing me) at Trader Joe’s the day before yesterday. Since I first grew tulips from bulbs I’ve loved bulb flowers–narcissus, daffodils and tulips mostly. And they don’t grow easily in Southern California, they need cold weather, so I have abandoned trying to grow them here, I just buy them. When I lived in the house with a garden in Berkeley I grew tulips for a couple of years (see my August 15, 2008 entry). I did a lot of my early watercolor explorations from that garden.
The paperwhites are particularly interesting to paint, because its a white blossom. In watercolor, the white area is left alone, there’s no color on it, its just the white paper. Its an exercise of negative space. I want to articulate the delicate and sensuous shapes and curves of each petal and flower, while maintaining its white-ness. So its an exercise, of which color to use for rendering those lovely shapes, and how delicately I can apply it.
This piece is a little larger than my small works, but I decided to add it to the blog today to celebrate that the holiday season is starting. And that there are new ‘models’ available again!