Chrysanthemums

A brushy still life. One way to find out what paint does is stick to the same subject and don’t play around with composition. If limited to only brush marks for invention, then you are bound to uncover stuff you didn’t expect.

I like the big circular mark down the middle of the vase. That was the softest of brushes. It resembled a make up powder brush.

“Marguerites II”

Marguerites II

Oil on board 8″x10″

One more flower painting before I go back to portraits.

This series of still lifes is me exploring the mechanics of putting on paint. How far can I push the paint before losing the subject? How can I paint light rather than a thing?

One thing I need to drop is the reliance on the brush to make a brush mark. That might not make sense but…

I mean to paint the shape and size of a bit of the object in front of me and the chances that, in reality, it looks like a brush mark are slim. So how to paint that with a brush? That’s the thing I am struggling with. You can see the petals are too obviously brush marks with the width of a particular size of brush. Oh, the struggles!