Re: The Spotlight - May 2015 - Celebrating Spring
Robert, your irises came out lovely! The lower one especially has a lively, dancing quality that reminds me of Van Gogh's irises. Irises do bloom two (or more) on a stalk, so no problem there, and you've really captured the way they lean over the sidewalk. Sometimes, especially after a rain, the tops are so heavy it causes them to lean so far that they break off right at the ground.
And thank you very much for your compliments on mine! Retaining the freshness and energy of a sketch throughout a painting is very difficult, I think, and I often lose interest in a painting once that's gone. I certainly often feel that the first strokes are the most honest. Adding to them often, in my opinion, seems to create an artificiality that, although it creates detail or needed light and shadow, brings the painting down instead of improving it. That's certainly a skill I need to master!
Blayne C & C always welcome
"Art and I have an agreement... I won't ask where we are going and art won't ask, "Why me?" (Bob Brendle)