Monday, April 11, 2011
Tulips and apples
When I first started this blog, I mostly painted fruit. That was a big enough challenge for me. I avoided more complex subjects, because I didn't think I could paint them. I kept telling myself that I can't paint flowers, but that when I become a better painter, I'd try.
So something shifted in my brain this week. If I want to learn to paint flowers, I need to start trying to paint them! Doh.
I realized a couple of things while I was painting this:
1. It's really too large for a small canvas. I should just try to paint a couple of flowers instead of a large vase full of them. Next time I'll do that.
2. I spent 90% of my time on this painting on the tulips, trying to make them have volume and "read" as tulips. I painted the apples and fabric in less than five minutes. That was an eye opener to me. I knew how to paint them! All that practice. Maybe after another six months I'll know how to paint flowers!
8 inch by 8 inch oil on canvas panel