My fifth floral day!! :) This is an acrylic painting. I normally paint with oils, but I've been teaching someone who wants to paint with acrylics, so I've been painting with acrylics also. It's easier to show someone how I did something when we're both working with the same medium. We both use the "Stay Wet" palette …and that's a life saver!! The paints stay open and wet on the palette, even though they dry fast on the canvas. I bought some Golden Open acrylics to experiment with, they stay wet longer on the canvas.
This painting was with those paints. I'm trying to get the acrylics to act like oils. It was fun, but acrylics just aren't soft and buttery like oil paints, still fun to paint with though!
Okay…somehow I've managed to paint flowers three days in a row. I was walking my dog this morning and was thinking ….what if I challenged myself to paint flowers everyday for a month?
Of course, just saying that is almost a jinx for me. I'm really great at convincing myself of things I should do daily….then conveniently forgetting all about it by day three or four….7 tops!
But maybe….painting flowers each day would be cool. I love looking at them. I'd love to experiment with painting them different ways. I'd love to get better at painting them. They make me feel great in the dead of winter during Alaska's darkest months….
There was a time when I thought that I never wanted to be a "flower painter". For some unknown reason in my mind, it just seemed like a cliche that I didn't want any part of. Be careful of the things you pronounce with strong emotion. Because it means you have strong feelings about them….which means... they mean something to you, deep down. Kinda like the kid on the playground that is accused of liking someone….and they protest loudly how much they DON'T like that other person!
Well, there you go.
So now I daydream about florals…heavy clumps of luscious petals, dripping with color…alive with beauty. I know I'm excited about something when I want to paint it on the biggest canvas I can find!
I just went thrift store hunting for different vases, cups and containers for beautiful flowers to nestle into…. for me to enjoy looking at for hours, while I paint. It seems like the best of both worlds…. having flowers to enjoy and exploring how to paint them in a way that brings a painting to life in front of me.
Thank you for looking! ….and thank you for reading!!