II got these great big sunflowers today at Thriftys. I set them up like a VanGogh painting. Will have to finish this painting tomorrow. Like the way the leaves are wilting. Hope they hold up overnight though.
I picked up these yellow roses from Thrifty's this morning. They are more leaves than flowers but I like the way the leaves look through the jar.
Flowers each have a meaning. Yellow roses signify joy. Makes sense somehow.
Oil on canvas 16x20"
This is the same rose that was in the last floral painting. It out lasted the other flowers. Well other than the carnation. This rose is called Fame. It's from the Empress rose garden. Oil on board, 8x10".
I never go out without my sketchbook. It is handy for keeping notes of things like appointments, to do lists, etc. (Good memory jogger). Well, I was looking for a note I had made last year and came across these sketches I did around this time a year ago. These sketches are from a day on Willows Beach. I love beach scenes and have used my sketches for a number of oil paintings. I was listening to the radio on my IPhone that day. I was impressed by a song called Beautiful Soul Song by Kobo Town. I've forgotten it but I'm going to search it. Maybe it will inspire me today. I'm heading out to Holland Point with my sketch book. (Did I say that in February I hurt my arm and have been sketching with my left hand since then. The sketches below are still using my right hand.)
I painted this bouquet using only the lights in the ceiling of the gallery. There was some light coming in from the window that changed over the course oft he painting somewhat. There's still work to as there's a motif on the fabric under the vase. Plus I'm not sure I like the turquoise background. The cast shadows need to be darker and more blue green. Hopefully the flowers will still be fresh enough tomorrow.
What a fine day! Here's a front entrance of the Empress scene. The building was actually darker than I painted it being completely in the shade. But I wanted to give the scene a happier feeling so I kicked painted it brighter.
Here I'm adding colour and some detail to yesterday's underpainting. Argh! I really have little patience for all those architectural straight lines and perspective. Just the same I'm quite pleased with the feeling of depth. I like the planters but still want to get the carpet pattern believable.