Since I now have a bouquet of flowers sitting on my kitchen table, I spent my entire day looking, drawing, and painting them. (Now it is raining so I don't feel so guilty being inside.) Today I made a number of quick watercolors from direct observation and also played around with some pattern ideas using my tulips and lilies as inspiration.
The more I think about why I make paintings, the more I keep coming back to the idea of putting something into the world that is positive and uplifting; something you want to look at everyday and just makes the day better. It goes without saying that flowers fits the bill. After following a hunch last year to start painting them as a way to practice painting from observation and to feed my more non-representational work, I am coming back for round two.
Simultaneously simple and complex, flowers are just beautiful, period. Here is a little of my enjoyment of them, today:
And here is some of my inspiration. The following are flower paintings by some of my favorite artist and designers. Take a breath, relax and enjoy as you ease into the week.