Winter Blooms

The Invitation 18 x 14” acrylic

The Invitation 18 x 14” acrylic

In the past, I have enjoyed working from both photographs and reference directly in front of me. However, lately, I have been less interested in painting from photographs. Perhaps all the plein air painting I have been enjoying has influenced my studio work. Whatever the reason, I’m sticking to mainly painting from subjects in front of me rather than reference photos for the time being. I like to paint flowers in the winter, because I don’t enjoy painting outdoors when its cold,.

sketching the bouquet in gouache (opaque watercolor) prior to beginning the painting

sketching the bouquet in gouache (opaque watercolor) prior to beginning the painting

For weeks, I had been wanting to paint a bouquet of white flowers, but not having much luck finding what I was looking for at any of the stores near my home. Finally, I hit pay dirt one day while out shopping for other things! I rushed home and began sketching and painting right away. I knew I had to work fast and document these flowers as they were changing daily. I wanted to capture the warm whites and neutrals of the flower petals, and contrast it against the vibrant greens of the leaves and blues of the background.

Now I’m dreaming of reds. Perhaps a red bouquet is in my future. We will see what the florist has in store the next time I go to the store. It took me weeks to find a white bouquet, I hope it won’t take so long to find the red bouquet of my dreams…..