Grace, 11x14" oil, Diane Mannion
When petals fall... it's time to stop working on a painting! But the dropped petals helped with the composition. Added the branch on the left and the single petal on the right as an after-thought and I'm happiest with these details which I found easiest to paint.
Sometimes the most impressive parts of a painting are the easiest to paint. Brushwork, color, values, rendering, edges, composition, all need to work together. These are the most difficult but necessary concepts to orchestrate in order to achieve atmosphere and the illusion of space. Painting's a graceful magic trick that fools the eye. But beauty's in the eye of the beholder, depending on their aesthetic taste of course!
I'm thankful these flowers held together long enough to paint from life.