Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Yellow Roses and Pink Flowers - Still Life

I'm beginning to think of still life painting as a sort of therapy.  When I'm totally frustrated and at a loss with whatever painting I'm currently working on...or even if I just need a break...still life seems just what the doctor ordered.  This still life served just such a therapeutic purpose.  I'm currently working on two involved paintings, one a figure in a complicated costume and the other a large landscape.  Neither seems to be going particularly well at the moment.  It was time for a break from the struggle. 

Last weekend I wandered into the garden, clipped some yellow roses and some pink flowers. (I don't know what the pink flowers are...but the "bush" they are growing on is the size of a small to medium tree.  I don't cut it as I probably should because it provides some much needed shade on the small patio adjoining my studio.)   I haven't used this particular vase before so I put the flowers in and around it, draped a white towel over my cardboard still life "stage" and away I went. 

I have about four hours in this 16" x 12" painting.    I'd like to do a bit more study on still life painting and in particular, learn more about painting flowers, but until I do I find these simple setups a lot of fun to do.  There's something pretty freeing about still life...and those wonderful colors are just great to dive into! 

Yellow Roses with Pink Flowers   Oil on canvas  16 x 12"

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  1. Bruce, You must have a lovely garden. The still life set up is really very nice. It sounds like a great idea to step away from a canvas that may need more thought and work spontaneously with a new work. It is definitely working well for you.

  2. I just had an apith...epipth...a thought: when you're constructing a still life like the lovely one above you're choosing / setting up not only your composition but also colors - as opposed to what we usually do which I guess is more replicate what we're looking at (e.g. landscape, skin tones, etc.) As a result of such constuction or arrangement of especially color the results are quite pleasing and striking. I wonder if that's translatable to say a portrait?

  3. That is an interesting thought Kansas. I'm not entirely sure how you'd go about it...but some possibilities are obvious. Actually I think you've done that in some of your portraits, don't you think? For instance, your self portrait is a step in that direction, no? Really something to think about tho.