Leonardo da Vinci

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Friday, July 20, 2012

Flowers for My Love

Flowers for My Love
Recently i did a good thing; i gave some flowers to my wife. Of course this won me some good points, but it was well overdue. So, i still have some ground to make up, but this is a good start.
Vicki, commented that the bouquet needs to wind up in a painting. And certainly, i agreed with her.....
A couple days later, i set up a composition on top of the piano and used natural ambient light as my source. I love the using natural light. It brings a quality element to the subject that cannot be duplicated by artificial light.
 One thing that has been finding its way into my work lately is a palette knife. I have always enjoyed the look of palette knife work, but this time is was extra fun, and for some good reasons..... 
One, is the simple fact that i did not incorporate it throughout the entire piece, which allows for some variety of interest. 
Two, i really like the blending of colors, textures, and edges that were created.
And Three, is the unexpected.... There are times when something shows up that you weren't planning on that helps to make a painting exciting. Those incidentals can make for some serious interest, for me mostly in paint quality, and i love it when they stop by to say hi. For i usually invite them to be a permanent resident.


  1. Beautiful painting...and I approve of the title!

  2. You've really captured that shine on the top of the piano, the reflections are superb.

  3. Love the painting and love hearing the story behind it.

  4. This is lovely! Great story behind it, and I love the impressionistic style.

  5. Gorgeous. And I like the landscape painting on the wall... two paintings in one!

  6. Beautiful. I love your last 2 lines, too! (incidentals stopping by to say hi, and then staying permanently--that's great) :)