Diane Mannion, Potted Pansies, 8x10" oil
Potted plants in moldy pots have always been a favorite subject of mine. I hang around garden centers squinting at roses, staring at petunias, and lusting after hibiscus trees. Shopkeepers always rush to help. "Just looking," I say, waving them off. Lately, I've been snapping photos when the sun strikes a flower just right... hooray for cellphone cameras! I prefer painting from life, but nothing captures back-lit petals like a snapshot.
Potted Pansies was painted as an exercise from a digital photo. The pansies are long gone but I think a few of the begonias are still alive somewhere in the garden. Flowers might seem a simple subject but when the paint piles up it's not that easy. The flowers above that I painted the fastest without overworking, I like the most. My favorite is the white and purple pansy on the upper right.
I've been studying other artists who've tackled florals. Michael Klein is a current obsession, purchased his videos and book, FLOWER PAINTING.
This morning I came home with some new garden center subjects (victims?). Want to grab my brushes and start... but first, it's Abolish-Studio-Clutter-Day!