This is a painting I did in oil about a year ago. I haven't done a lot of flower paintings because usually I get so caught up in the details, that I'm not happy with them. But in this painting, I painted just the very basics. I admire other artists who are able to capture the subtle nuances of flowers. I'm just not one of them.
It's that way with my other work too. In landscape art, if I start recording too much, I feel the painting isn't me for some reason. I prefer the distilled version. I enjoy capturing the vague impression of the landscape. To me, this feels real - authentic.
It's taken a lot of time and tons of paint to come up with this final analysis of my work. I've only come to this conclusion because now I can look back more objectively. Painting the very essence of a still life or landscape requires more thought for me because it requires more editing and planning.
On a different note, I'm thrilled to have received a Lemonade Award from Kathleen Krucoff. She's an amazing glass artist and if you haven't checked out her blog yet, you're in for a treat. The only problem I'm having is downloading the badge (a requirement) onto my site. So I'll have to wait for one of my twenty-somethings to help me!