Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Two Constants


I've always found limits to be creatively helpful--I just think it's easier, when setting out on a creative project, to have fewer options than INFINITY to choose from :). So in my writing I prefer poetic forms--and right now, in my painting, I almost always plunk my flowers down (in real life) in the same milk glass vase. Turns out, there are still infinite ways to paint that vase.

Same with background color. I bought a very large tube of Pthalo Green (because it was on clearance!) at a Dick Blick store a year and a half ago, and ever since it's been my go-to background. It's a great complement for red, orange, or pink flowers, and by adding varying quantities of green, blue, yellow, red, or white, I can move it in a bunch of directions. Not saying I don't occasionally bust out an occasional white or pink background, but generally I rely for the moment on this favorite. 


Christie Purifoy said...

Beautiful painting. And how lovely to see you in my blog feed again.

Katie said...

Imagine my surprise to click through from a very old housekeeping bookmark I had saved to see that the newest post here was tagged November 2023. I had to blink a few times to believe it! So beautiful to hear from you again--I started reading your blog as a teenager and am now well into adulthood. Rarely a day passes when I don't think of some tidbit I learned from you. Hope all is well with you and yours.

Polly said...

I love the green background with the warmer flowers. It’s a beautiful combination!

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