Paint your guts out, joyfully, and paint from life.Thanks, Dan Scott, for the Q&A this came from!
These are some flowers on our kitchen table. I think they are chrysanthemums—although you probably can’t tell from these paintings. 🙂 I struggled to make the marks I wanted for the petals. Maybe I used the wrong brush (a number 8 round). Or, more likely, I just don’t know how to use it yet. 🙂
The painting on the right was the first one I did, and an attempt at a monochromatic. A few problems with perspective, and definitely with value, but I like the earthy colours and the goldy looking water in the bottom of the vase.
If I had to choose, I think I prefer the painting on the left. It looks more like the flowers on our table (a big part because they’re actually white), I like the marks I made (even though they weren’t exactly what I was trying for), and it feels more dynamic.
I’m enjoying a tonne of different styles and subject matter at the moment, but I’ve noticed there are a few (general) things I consistently gravitate to:
- Abstracted landscapes
- Landscapes with dark, dramatic skies
- Still lifes of flowers
- A painterly style
This nearly brought me to tears today. Maybe because I’ve got two young daughters, but also because of the way Sargent has captured the light inside the lanterns and on the girls’ faces. It’s an absolutely magical scene.