I joined a new group who put on exhibitions in the area as working on your own limits the things you can do, particularly if you have to man the exhibition. In that case you need others to do a few days to allow you to get on with some painting. So for the next exhibition I thought I might do a few flower paintings and here is one. The exhibition is in a vacant shop in the centre of town and the group are celebrating the life of one of their members who has recently died of cancer.
A local painting club has asked me to demonstrate a floral watercolour next week , so I just tried out this painting of roses which I did from three photos. I need to be able to do it in two hours and probably they’ll stop for a cup of tea in the middle so painting time might be reduced to 90 minutes. I like to try it out so I know I can do it in the time. I will use more lemon yellow next time for the flowers and rearrange the leaves a little so I get a better feeling of depth.
I was once asked to paint a landscape for a Rotary Club meeting. Near to the day of the meet the man who arranged it let slip that they gave about 20 minutes for the talk. I then pared down the demo and on the day did the painting in 19 minutes and they seemed to like the result!
Meagre pickings today. I had to do another watercolour flower demo and thought that some roses might be worth trying. I had seen these climbing roses in France the other week and had a notion to try them. I really wanted to get some loose forms coming down the frame ending with perhaps one which was more defined, but was aware that following the demo I will be running a workshop next week when the class have a try, so I needed to approach it more formally and methodically. Well here it is, but in doing it, I also realised that it might be too much for the less experienced – I certainly had a tussle with it.
So back to the drawing board. Instead I went for the old fallback, the hellebores. Well, in the end all I want is to build confidence in loose washes and mixing on the paper. So here was what I did this morning as the demoo piece. It will be interesting to see what the class produce next week.
A website which markets health products and uses my images asked for a painting depicting soya, so this is what I’ve been working on. Their brief was pretty specific so I had to hold back from multi-coloured leaves.
So now I’m awaiting their response. In the meantime I can get on to something which doesn’t have so much foliage.
I have to do a demonstration and workshop in September on floral watercolours so I thought I’d get my backside into gear and try out some possibilities. The hollyhocks is a version of the first flower painting I sold and as such is a solid standby. Foxgloves are flowers I find very fussy to paint and I was trying to get the impression of them here. I think I have overdone it again and need to get less specific, maybe I’ll have another go, but at least I have something to present.
Meagre pickings today, as I’m working on some other paintings and doing a commission, but I had to do a card for a birthday and chose some grape hyacinths as the subject. They seemed to shout at me as I was wandering around the garden. They do look good in the sunshine but are apt to take over so next week I’ll be cutting the seed heads off and later thinning out the bulbs.
I did a small version of this as a card for a friend who isn’t very well. It came out surprisingly well. I had been reticent about tackling phlox as I found them rather fussy and the red/green colour scheme wasn’t my favourite. After the card I thought I might as well give it a go on a quarter-imperial sheet (around 26x36cm) and here it is.
I feel the card was better and the scaling up does make it feel a bit contrived and fussy. Still you’ve got to try these things. On the smaller version I was looser and here I got things a bit staid and detailed, although I just about managed to let go at the bottom. Maybe I might have another go later.