I paint lots of different things, dogs, fashion, abstracts etc. but my favorite subject by far is flowers! So many colors and shapes and possibilities. I will never run out of flowers to paint.
I usually start by seeing a flower somewhere – like these gorgeous budding peonies in my neighbor’s garden this past spring. Then, like a total creeper, I pull out my trusty iphone and start photographing them. The pictures then become a loose reference for a future painting.Often I’ll obsess about the picture and paint it in my head till I can get back to my studio to work on them.
After looking at the picture and deciding what elements I’d like to incorporate – in this case the budding bloom and the bud, I begin painting. I don’t obsess about the composition too much but I make sure that my focal point falls in a pleasing place.
Sometimes I get crazy and put in all my colors at once and let them blend. I think that this creates a much more fun and interactive painting. You only live once right? Carpe Diem!
After I get my main blooms in, I make random ‘stripes’ with my rigger brush to suggest stems. I then pull out some leave shapes and suggestions with the belly of my sable brush.
I keep playing till it looks pleasing to me. I make this sound rather simple but I’ve been painting for most of my life and honestly, it just happens. I go into a zone and I come out and there’s a painting. Almost as if I had nothing to do with it. I do feel kind of elated and exhausted all at the same time. Especially if i’m painting something I’ve been wanting to for a while.
Then I put this pretty awesome part of myself into a frame and you can buy it and hang it on your wall. Now you know how it was made:)