June 29, 2011
Thanks to everyone who responded to my last blog posting. The majority of the feedback to my question about the Poppy Pods was in favor of leaving the painting as is. As you wish! (to quote Wesley in The Princess Bride). And thank you for all your great comments! Read them by clicking on Comments under the posting.
This week’s piece, it turns out, is the diametric opposite, it’s almost all about the patterning. I’ve had this painting on my drawing board since about March, around the time I was doing the small postcard ‘portraits’ of tulips. I had a couple of pieces of watercolor paper a little larger than the postcard-szed ones lying on the table, aching to be painted on. So I did the coral tulips, and used the patterning to echo the delicate structure of the tulips petals. And then it sat there while I paid attention to other paintings, and put on a show, and went on my oh-so-great trip to Europe last month. And so I finished it this week, still using the line detail, but not quite the same way as on the tulip petals. And here it is.
I’m starting some pieces from my trip, they’ll be arriving here soon. Mostly in the architectural vein–I love the architecture of the Spanish, French and Italian Riviera. Plus there’s a few that I started before the trip that are almost finished, that are quite fun.
Have a great Fourth of July! And a safe one!