Sunday, July 21, 2013

Wildflowers - ALL SOLD


5x7 Acrylic on canvas panel
Palette Knife

These look better in person! The camera doesn't capture the texture or vibrancy!

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.” 
― Alice WalkerThe Color Purple

I was in the mood to paint wildflowers this weekend. As I drove along the road leading to our lake house, I was struck by the number of wildflowers that were in bloom. We've been having a week of severe summer weather - heat, humidity, 100 degrees - and still the wildflowers flourished & bloomed. I knew I had to paint them. 

When I decided to paint these little flower batches, I realized I did not have the size canvas I wanted. So off to the store I went where I found a package of 5x7 panels. Then, on my way home, I stopped at various places along the dirt road to take some photos with my phone. I wanted them for reference. These paintings were not sketched - simply painted, freehand with a palette knife. 

This whole experience reminded me of being a very young child and picking a colorful bouquet of wildflowers for my mother. Wildflower is another name for weed to many people - but my mother never said a bad word about them. She would smile, then ooh & aah over them and I would run outside & pick more! This time I painted them rather than pick them (although I was tempted to make a small bouquet). But I had to laugh, because the whole time I was walking the road, taking pictures, and then painting these flowers - I kept recalling that one line in The Color Purple that I love.

Because of the sentimental association I have with these, I will be uploading them as my challenge submission to the ACG for the challenge "Sentimental Journey." (maybe make a collage of the 5 for the submission).

This was an enjoyable diversion from my more detail oriented paintings. I think I will do days like this every more often - it's a nice way to enjoy "coloring" with my paints. 

And yes, I noticed the color Purple!




2 comments:

Sea Dean said...

All gorgeous Nan. I particularly like the last one which is such an unusual colour combination but it works. Lake cottage!!!! You lucky thing!

CrimsonLeaves said...

I always find your posts so interesting, Nancie. I think it is because you share of yourself and your life, memories and associations. I too love wildflowers and never think of them as weeds. Even the dreaded dandelion looks amazing when in a field full of them.

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