A nice two week break from teaching gives me an extra day to play, paint for myself, away from the portrait commission stuff and doing preparation for others.
I do so enjoy still life and usually have one 'set up' in a tiny room off my studio that I can make really dark. This is a still life I finished today, about two days work. It is the second bunch of flowers as the first died after I had to leave them weeks ago to get on with my work. It can be frustrating some times. There just aren't enough hours in the week.
But I do like to leave that still life set up and ready to go even if it is for a few weeks with the pot that once held the flowers looking sad waiting for his turn to be painted. Fresh flowers have to be done fast. They change by the end of the day.
I think I had a good day today. The painting, 16 x 20, on linen panel.
Overall, I was pleased with all those shades of pink, mauves and purples. Quiet a challenge. And it makes me realize that I know a lot more about color than I used thanks to playing around with the color wheel for quite some time. There was a LOT of color in this still life which I think is interesting from previous posts. How much do you grey color down, how much do you keep it raw? Personal taste seems to come into it. But sometimes it is fun just to not worry about any of it and see what you get!
By the way, this is a series of paintings I am doing with geishas. Geisha kiss?