I love poppies. I have never had luck growing them, so I paint them instead.
Today’s painting is an 18 x 24 inch oil of cactus blooms!
I love color. I’m constantly thinking about color. I think about how to make it brighter and more vivid. I think about how to juxtapose it so that it screams or whispers. I think about the emotion that different colors stir. The strange thing about color is that it is an illusion. We construct it in our mind. That kinda freaks me out. I wonder what is really there that I can’t see. I love mystery! Anyway, here is another colorful painting (in my head anyway) of what I imagine to be a crowd of red poppies in a natural amphitheater.
For the last year, I have been doing monthly, on-line lessons with Nancy Medina. I am almost at the end. This is lesson 11, white daisies and a cute little bee. That bee was hard! I scraped him off eight or nine times. Who would have thunk a little bee could take me hours to do? The daisies just kinda flowed along, no problem, but that bee! He gave me problems. The good news is that I finally got it down and had plenty of bee painting practice in the process.
The more I stare at this, the more I like it. Sometimes, it takes me a few days to really appreciate what I’ve painted. I know the difference between what I had in mind and what my hand decided to do. This was inspired by a monthly lesson I do with Nancy Medina of white lilies.
I think I would like to paint sunflowers more. I have tried to stay away to expand my flower horizons but I have missed them! I painted this painting for Let’s Paint New Mexico Challenge #19.