color is a little high key but close enough to off camera, actually color's a bit darker and richer. changed the dead flower, the vase, pushed back the green fuzzy thing, worked the horizon line, changed the background color and added more flowers. I suppose I changed everything.
This painting came about as a quick sketch on a canvas as I was finishing up the puppy painting. I needed to stop working on the pups but I still had energy to paint so I looked over and what the hell, gave the flowers a go.
I had been looking at them for days and now it was important to work fast because they'd been in water for more than a week and weren't going to last much longer.
The raw autumny colors of the mums and carnations was what I was drawn to. They were in the kitchen with me and every day I'd look and think, I'm going to paint this gorgeous bouquet, but I was also thinking - I'm not big on still lifes because I can make them too fussy.
So having lots of paint on my palette, I put another canvas on the easel and began pushing color around. what revealed itself surprised me as it flowed quickly. no preliminaries except my staring my bouquet for a week.
I'm not sure this painting is done - the horizon line (the edge of the table) doesn't satisfy me, nor does that green fluffy flower in the bouquet. But in a couple of days I'll know what to do. I'm not sure right now and I'm not going fishing. I probably won't touch much of the background or the flowers. (famous last words.)
Actually I think it's pretty done. There might be a couple of things, but I'm good with it now.
I thickened up the application of paint because there was more to say. I learned something about Van Gogh in the course of making this, as I used light brush strokes to suggest shifting light. I worked from life, but also took a few pictures in case I want to adjust something down the line, so I have reference. this painting started fast and seems to be finishing fast too. not my usual way. (I can work on a painting for months - YEARS even)
Again, I'm surprised at the change in my approach. but it's not my job to question what or why, I just get to follow the muse where she goes and try to listen to what she tells me to do. she's always right.
PS. The dogs got their glazes and highlights and I think the painting came out solid. I sent my BFF a jpg and she's really really really happy. And while it's a tighter style than I'd normally use, it works, doesn't look belabored and I'm happy with it.