Journal of My Work-in-Progress: Painting and Photography
Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. It's a journal of sorts. It gives me a place to show my work-in-progress for my painting and photography. Comments are welcome --- add one at the end of an entry or email me at BarbBlumer@gmail.com.
Yesterday I played around with adding lots of color to this sunflowers study, so that I can add it to the grid in the guest room at the cottage where I put the tulips study. The photograph flattens the range of yellows ---I still need to figure out a better way to photography my paintings-in-progress, hrrumph. The painting looks a little out of control, but one of my goals was to use lots of paint, instead of being skimpy like I usually am. Just to see what happens.
I had started a couple of summers ago, outside on the deck at the lake. Too bright outside, too confusing a subject.
I stopped when it looked like this. The flower in the top right hand corner had some character, but that was the painting's only strength.
A few weeks ago, I edited the background --removed the distracting stalks and leaves --- and tried to think like a sunflower, but I didn't have a reference to work from.
Then I ran across this photo I had taken of these flowers in different conditions, but used it anyway. This summer I might paint a new painting, including the pitcher, once sunflowers are in season again.
So, here is where I ended up. Okay, not great, but it was fun to practice. I can always go back an fix the shadow side of the flower in the front. But for now, I am going to put it in the grid when we go up to the lake this week.
Barbara Hall Blumer (pronounced Bloomer)