This week has been a very intense week of painting with this floral still life. It is the most complicated floral I have ever done. Not the biggest, but the most complicated. I fluctuate between hating it and loving it. It is the elephant in the room. You can’t help but to look at it, but I’m not sure if it is because you want to or have to. I will continue to tweak it for the next week, and I am also looking for a butterfly to put in it to drive the ‘Dutch floral still life’ theme home. Here it is about halfway done.
After having spent a day shopping for and stealing flowers from every bed, yard, and park for this still life last week, I cannot stop looking at them everywhere I go. You get in the mode, and your brain does not turn off. Wildflowers abound everywhere right now teasing me and calling my name. “Pick me and immortalize me in your next Liberace still life”, they cry.
TIP FOR THE DAY: For this still life I had wired my tulips shut so they would not keep changing on me. However, I learned that I did not need to. If you do not put tulips in water, they stay alive, but will not open. A boon for the still life painter I assure you.