I miss the lobsters already and I’m not even home yet!!!!
The weather’s always perfect for creating any kind of flower paintings down here in the South. Seems like I’ve been enjoying painting still life pieces a lot lately. Turns out, I’m going to have plenty of flowers and others colorful objects to capture on canvas.
My Experience Creating A Flower Painting For A Local Group
Sometimes a fresh approach to subject matter and a very free and easy style is just what the doctor ordered. I did this as a flower painting demo for our local garden club in Meridian, MS.
Being a garden club meeting, there was no shortage of beautiful flowers for inspiration. This was an acrylic on panel, and I approached this painting at first like I would a watercolor; very loose and fresh with lots of dripping paint . This is a perfect style for this kind of subject. I used Golden acrylics, and Grumbacher hog bristol brushes. I had a total time of 30 minuets to complete my demo and that’s it!
Was That Enough Time To Paint?!?!?
There is a certain amount of energy that must flow into a painting to give it that feeling of life that’s so important. I did not want it to have a labored look. The last thing I want any of my still lifes to look is “still”!
So rather than carefully approaching the canvas, I charged at it with paint flying and brushwork with reckless abandon!! I find this type of start gives me a mind set that insures that the rest of the painting with have the same energy about it.
Rather than just creating a visual inventory, I remembered what my mentors like Emile Gruppe would tell me, “painting should show the artist emotions!” This kind of advise has been a treasure to me for my 63 years of being a painter. If 10 artist painted the same subject in a perfect photographic style, how could you tell who’s painting was who’s? They would all look alike. So I have always loved the impasto, rich, loose style of painting, much better than the labored “correct” visual inventory of painting.
A Still Life Demo A Success
At the end of the still life flower painting demo, someone decided to pay me the ultimate compliment, and bought it wet off the easel! This is always a great feeling to an artist, that there was a “shock of recognition” for someone, and they loved it enough to add to their collection. It’s a great feeling to finish a piece and have someone really enjoy it just as much as you do.
The profession of an artist can be a very lonely one. If painting for a living one cannot afford to wait for inspiration, but must find a way to manufacture the feelings necessary to start a project. This was not the case in this painting, and was a total joy from the first brush stroke , to my signing of this work.
My Current Flower Painting Inventory
Due to the demand of original flower watercolors and oil paintings, it’s rare for me to have any in stock. However, I currently have a few pieces that I’ve just added to the store. Since I’m also known for my landscape artwork, I tend to create lots of pieces with flowers in them. I created a sunflower landscape painting where I captured the entire shot of a sunflower field done in thick oil paint. This piece is an oil on panel that’s been a part of my personal collection for some time. It’s actually my favorite rose painting that I’ve created so far. In addition to that, I have a flower and lemons watercolor piece that’s available for purchase. Of course I have other pieces that have flowers in them but they were not created in a still life painting setting. Should you have a personal request, I frequently create commissioned pieces. Don’t hesitate to contact me about getting a custom piece created.