Drumroll please … number 50 of my 50:fifty project is a bouquet of flowers for me! I decided that I would end my 50 paintings with the kind of artwork that I’ve grown to love best – painting flowers and this time I’ve made them just for me. I create most of my art right in my imagination with a reference image sometimes to help me sort out my subject. I’m inspired by everything and I paint what I’m feeling and what I’m experiencing at the time. My paintings have become somewhat of a journal for me – a way to express what I’m seeing at the moment or how I’m living or who I’m with. I love to read, cook, decorate and hunt for vintage treasure and each of these things feeds into where I’m at creatively. This winter I felt trapped as so many of us New Englanders felt, so my outlet was painting flowers and surfers. I figured that I could paint myself right into better weather. In some ways, I did because I kept myself surrounded by the colors of warmer days. As I moved through this project, I found out that I love to paint the beach and buckets of flowers. Those are the subjects that I turned to again and again especially when I was hard-pressed for an idea to present itself. Each of my 50:fifty paintings were a chance to try something different, to push myself and in doing so, I found new techniques that I absolutely can’t live without – at least for now.
Here is a little peek into my process:
I start with my idea and add a boat load of color to my canvas. I’m not sure where it is going but I have faith that it will get there in the end.
Once I’m happy with my subject I will begin to remove all the noise and color that I don’t want to see. It helps me stay focused on my main subject and I love having layers of colors peek out here and there on my canvas.
I then begin to get a little bolder with my lines as I try to pull out things that I want to refine. This is usually the spot where I walk away and sleep on it. The answer usually comes in the morning with fresh eyes and a little bit of distance.
Here is where it all comes together. Flowers are added or deleted, my background or negative space pulls itself together and I start to add my shadows and refine my artwork.
Ta-da! The flowers are arranged with fresh water in the container and I can carefully place it on the table and celebrate my finished piece.
This is called “Nell’s Flowers” and this is number 50 of my 50:fifty project. It is not the end only the end of this project. It is really just the beginning of bigger and better things to come. I hope you will keep following along with me. Soon, I will pull together a compilation video of the 50 works and I hope to publish a little book about my journey to 50.
Nell’s Flowers: still life, floral; acrylics on canvas size 20 x 24
I’ve got exciting things in store for the future, it’s time to put this project to rest. Onward!
See you next week~