Monday, September 12, 2011
Iris - continued
Anyone who follows my blog knows that I don't paint flowers. I try now and then, but lose interest in them very rapidly. Why? I have no idea.
Painting animals, fish, water, rocks...I tackle them all happily. But present me with a flower and my mind instantly thinks 'yuck'. I guess we're all drawn to different subject matter for a variety of reasons and maybe some of it is where our journey in art began. There are so many good flower artists out there who make blooms look fresh and alive. I just don't think I'm going to be one of them.
However, in my bid to finish a number of paintings that are sitting on my drafting table, I am determined to do battle and win with this flower. The iris bud. Simple form, complex form. There are many subtle variances in colour and value that give this form and getting just the right colour is challenging, but I finally think I'm moving in the right direction. Conquering the greens...oh that is a story for another post entirely. Why do I find greens so daunting? Is it just me or does anyone else have issues with greens? Maybe its just because green is one of my least favourite colours.
This piece is in oils on an 8" x 16" canvas panel. I began this painting a couple of months ago and its sat there taunting me ever since. Bear with me for another few days and I'll whip it into submission. Or burn it.