Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Florals

© Robin Edmundson, 'Black-eyed Susans', watercolor, 14 x 10 inches.
Framed to 22 x 18 inches.  $375

A while back I did a painting of a large floral bouquet in teals and pinks.  I hadn't set out to do a floral.  I thought I sucked at florals.  In fact, I knew I sucked at florals. 

I couldn't do florals.   I paint barns.  I don't paint flowers.

And yet there I was painting a floral - a really big one at that.  And you know what?  People love that painting.

It's hanging at my current show in Marshall, Illinois and it's one of the first pieces that people walk over to see and comment on.

So. 

Clearly I can do florals.  But I still feel like I can't do florals.   So I tried another floral.  That's it up there.

It actually looks like flowers.  And I actually feel pretty pleased looking at it.  So I'm taking this as a sign that I need to practice more florals.  Figure some things out.  Let myself play with colors and shapes and refine what I already know about composition and shadows.  [And flowers, because I'm an avid gardener and actually know quite a lot about flowers]

These paintings force me to relax.  To do things slowly.  Very very slowly.   To stop and step back and consider.  To take 3 or 4 days to work through a dozen layers, adding a bit at a time.  To take my time.  To trust my eye. 

That feels really good. 





2 comments:

  1. I’m really glad you posted this & yes, you most certainly CAN paint florals. You can paint anything you want. You have that skill set. I do the same with abstracts. I keep trying to study more abstract artists to learn more about painting abstracts because I enjoy doing them. But when I paint them, I have no idea if they are good or bad. I may or may not like what I’ve painted, but I have a good friend that is a university art instructor that had a far better art education than I will ever have that often comments on them. According to her, I have a natural eye & intuitive talent for painting abstracts. I don’t see it, but evidently others do. So, I paint things & have no idea if it’s good or bad, because unlike realistic painting, I have nothing to compare it to. I just wish there were more competitions & shows for abstract artists. I’ve sold paintings of all kinds, but I just realized I’ve sold more & made more $$ off the abstracts than I ever have the realistic ones. I guess my friend is right and I’m right about what YOU can paint. You can paint anything Robin.

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