Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Blue Daisies

Acrylic on 9x12 canvas sheet
Available through DPW gallery/auction

Blue Flowers 2 is the mate to yesterdays painting. Both depict blue Daisies with beautiful yellow centers. This particular one has more faded out in the background to give more of  a feeling of depth. 

I am a big fan of the muted, blurred background when painting flowers in the wild. I also do this with wildlife, such as birds - giving the background that non-distinct look. Helps to make the subject stand out - and although our eyes see both in focus (or so we think they do), they really can only focus on one or the other - foreground or background. Close or Far - it's the mind that assembles them into one. Study how a camera with auto-focus will select it's focal point & make that the sharpest area - which can play havoc in photography when you want to change that focal point! That's because the camera's "eye" will look straight ahead, and select an object it sees to be the focal point. It may be in the foreground, background or even in the middle - but it will only be 1 of these. The camera's eye, which was invented by man who used his own eye as a model, can only select 1. 

A interesting art exercise (and I may try this again) - paint or draw your subject from the "corner of your eye" - from your peripheral vision. It will be different than what you normally do when you focus straight ahead, I can guarantee!

1 comment:

CrimsonLeaves said...

Oh this is so pretty! You have indeed given this piece depth, Nancie. I am also always intrigued by photos when the focus is sharp and blends out around it.


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