“Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.”
– Paul Klee
This vine grows wild in the nearby landscape and has exploded into bloom from the recent rains. I often arrange the cobalt-blue flowers in nosegays, which perch on shelves or near the kitchen sink and give me little smiles throughout the day. Planning to add the petite blue morning glory’s likeness to the butterfly study, I admired the sinuous lines and decided that it deserved its own study!
There are times, when my eye-hand-brain connection is so in sync, that using a pencil before painting would seem redundant. There are other times when that faint map of pencil simplifies the process and strengthens the end result. After studying the lines of the trailing vine, I began to paint without the aid of a pencil.
A window provided back lighting, and the cut flowers cascaded over my work area in strong light. With keen focus, I began to paint; I prefer working from life because it’s easy to decipher the subtle nuances that are often lost in photos. The morning glories had a mischievous surprise, however; they slowly tweaked their attention to the window and began to turn it is direction!
Because of lack of time, I refrained from painting the blue flowers; today’s flowers will be gone tomorrow, and the vine will continue to rearrang itself! Tomorrow I will retrieve more flowers and switch to pigments of blue!
(It feels good to be regaining my strength!) While painting this study, I decided to use a different blue flower to compliment the butterfly study. Does anyone know the name of this flowering vine?
This past weekend I uploaded images for National Geographic’s Great Nature Project; one of my images (Western Spiny Tailed Iguana) is included in their ‘Team Favorites.’ (Thanks N. Geographic!) The above blue flower did not make it to my species list, as there was only so much time when I was in town! Go HERE to see the Casa Loca species that were added to the project.
Thanks for your support, and I look forward to showing both paintings, hopefully finished for the next Timeout for Art.