Thrilled to pieces with this one, but I don't have any great insights or anything to go with it, I'm afraid. Well, maybe that with pearlescent stuff like this shell you really want to go overboard with the colors in really thin layers... and then tone it back again with greys and whites. And then go overboard again. And then tone it back. And then- but you get the idea. Or at least that's how I have to work on stuff like this, for the texture and for that touchable look, you know? How do you do it?
And it's the end of the year.... I'm 27 today, and the Small Serious Creature, the Tiny Perfect One, is 11 weeks and two days. It's almost 2010. And on Friday this blog will be two years old. I'm feeling a smidge overwhelmed, thinking about all of this, but I'm sure I'll be fine once I'm through posting and back to painting :)
Hello! Sooooo soory about the interruption... it's funny. most bloggers seem to be posting more regularly for Christmas.... I have no idea how they manage it! Maybe as a sort of pre-New Year's resolution? Hm.... anywho, I'm all caught up now and ready to be back in the groove! Hugs and happies all around :)
A commision that I thoroughly enjoyed :) Apparently Mr. Fisher grows these prize-winning camellias down in Charleston SC, and his lovely daughter Michelle commissioned a painting of a couple of them. Don't they just jump right off the canvas at you? *happies*
... and this is a re-working of "Coffee?", and it is ever so much better now. I love it when other artists have those wonderful all-high-key or all-low-key paintings that really just glow.... but I need contrast when I work. Like I absolutely love other artists who just have that marvelous virtuoso brushwork, it seems so spontaneous and fresh... and then it never feels right if I try it. I just need layers and cross-hatchies and more layers. But it's a good thing, you know? I love my style. And I can buy work from other artists who are wonderful at what they do, and then I can have it to admire, too. Best of all worlds.
Back to those gorgeous lilies from Duke Gardens, trying out a composition I guess based more on an arc, as opposed to last time where I really played up the squareness of the composition... is it weird that I don't like one concept decisively more than the other? Well, it's just about sunlight on flowers anyways, and I believe I got that. Do you see the shadows from the pistils and stamen cast across the petal on that topmost flower? Surprising little details like that are so much fun :)
I am an artist living and working in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and have been maintaining this blog as a daily painting project since January 1, 2008. Each of the daily paintings and studies posted here is available on Etsy. My larger and more involved works can be rented from me or purchased through Etsy, from the Broomfields Gallery in West Jefferson, North Carolina, from Bull City Art and Frame in Durham, North Carolina, or from me directly by contacting me at email@example.com .