This is the second painting of my Bountiful Observations series.
One of the reasons I like painting still lifes is that it requires me to slow down and really observe an object or objects. Through this concentrated effort of learning how something really is, I learn that things are not always as I think. Close observation forces me to think about the objects before me and to leave my pre-conceptions behind.
With this painting, this is what I needed to do in order to capture the form and mass of the flowers while also recording the reflective nature of the pewter cup. When I think of pewter, I think of gray, where in reality there are areas that are dark black and others areas that are light blue, pink, yellow, and of course gray.
Each time I paint more experience is gained in how to observe and also how to let go, something that I believe is very freeing.
Thanks for stopping by, Liz