|Poppy's Blossoms 12X9"|
Mary's Garden 12X9"
I am NOT a painter of flowers or gardens, but something different is always good. In all the years I have painted, I have never painted a tree in bloom - or a garden. These are images from Smithers. So much information. I had no idea where to start...
" Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment" (Eastern saying)
So, that is what I did. The paintings are not genius, but I went in and did them, and finished them. I learned a lot in the process. Such absolute bewilderment - where to start, how to simplify. Squint, Squint, Squint. Large shapes to small shapes.
I realize that in showing you folks all 91 paintings, you are going to see some that have turned out really well, others that are not entirely resolved....but I won't have time to edit. Here's where you get to see that no matter how long you paint - and I have been at it for decades- some paintings come easy, some come hard. And not all of them will turn out and I will show them to you anyways. Painting is difficult, and plein air painting most especially.
I have learned to drop the expectation of it ever becoming easy. And that's OK :).
It's 35 degrees today in the lower mainland. Go find a nice cool creek and pack a picnic lunch and your paints.