Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Seems that I'm still fooling around with this blogging stuff and my original post that accompanying the photo of Mary's Petunias is floating around in cyberland somewhere. This is one of my favorite floral paintings and belongs to my friend, Mary Grabbe of Noonday, Texas. It was painted while studying with a premier Dallas, Texas artist, Naomi Brotherton. She had us execute a painting with no drawing underneath and this was quite a challenge for a pen&ink artists who always does a rather detailed drawing before a painting...ME. Anyway, I loved the way it turned out. I wet the paper thoroughly, dropped in color wherever I did not want the white of the petunias to appear and went from there. There is much negative painting going on here and after many times of drying a wash and rewetting and dropping in more color here and there, the petunias magically appeared. Negative painting is a method of bringing your stars forward that I hope to persue in future paintings...it is really rewarding.