This is probably my favorite painting of all of my 50:fifty to date. It has my heart. When I set out to paint 50 paintings, I really didn’t have a plan of what I was going to paint. I just wanted to create new art and explore new techniques. I wanted to push myself beyond my small and safe canvases and see what I liked and what I didn’t like. I love flowers, I love landscapes and I have particular paint palette that I return to again and again. Even when I paint with a new palette the essence of what I love has to peek out from beneath the layers of paint. When you see many of my paintings up close and in person – you really get a chance to feel the layers of texture and paint that have been built up, scratched out and then built up again until it has a glow. I’ve gotten better as I learn to free myself from myself and let my own way of seeing things just happen. This was a turning point for me because I was painting just for me.
This is called “soft focus” and it is sitting on my easel in the living room. I’m just loving how serene it feels and am imagining how I want to see it framed. I feel a series coming on … stay tuned.
soft focus: still life; florals, mixed media on wood panel 12 x 24
(number 38 of 50 in my ever evolving 50:fifty project)