A series is born!
I didn’t see that one coming.
But, as often happens with the creative process, one must follow if one doesn’t want to beat oneself up against a wall until bloody. I had no idea I’d be so taken with simplifying and moving toward a more expressionistic style after I did my Matisse-like poppies-in-a-vase painting, but it held on with a firm grip.
So, when I went back to the studio the next day, I found myself moving my palette knife across the canvas, forming similar shapes to that painting when it came to the table and background. I decided, “Hmmm, something’s happening here. Let’s see what it is.”
I simplified the vase and the flowers, which allowed me to focus on color ways. I got excited.
“Let’s see how far we can go with this,” thought my creative self. For once, the critical editor didn’t get in the way.
And this is what came out. I realized how fun it could be to paint a similar setup with as many different color ways as possible. It’s always good to simplify–it helps clear the clutter from the artistic brain and get down to what’s truly important in a painting. So, I’ll paint the same subject (flowers in a vase on a table, made up in my imagination so I don’t get distracted by painting what’s in front of me), with different moods. I’m calling this one “Bright Flowers Against Blue.”