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Mother & Child ~ Hibiscus Semi-Abstract

Mother & Child

It appears that I might be on to something here….  I am really enjoying the series of semi-abstract floral paintings that I’ve been working on lately.  I love the freedom of the washes (both watered down acrylic and rubbing alcohol delivered a la squirt bottle) that comprise the background, and the more controlled, technical aspect of the flowers themselves.  I used a photograph of a bloom and a bud taken at my in-laws lake house here in Georgia.  While the hibiscus isn’t my favorite flower (Gerbera daisies win that prize), I have always been drawn to their vibrant colors and the tropical vibe that they represent.

I’m trying to decide what I’ll use for my next subject.  Sunflowers are popular and have a lot of character, but I’m not sold on them….  If anyone has any favorites, I’m open!


Where the Magic Happens…

So I’ve decided to share my most recent work in progress, because I’m really enjoying how it’s turning out.   I still have some work to do on this Calla Lily (stamen, etc) but sometimes I think it’s fun just to show you what I’m up to.  I appear to be on a flower kick right now and am enjoying using washed backgrounds and bold clear floral elements in the foreground.  This particular lily appears to be making an offering of some sort…perhaps an offering of it’s undeniably perfect form….  I received a lot of positive responses on my Fire Poppy painting and have decided to take a stab at some different species to see how they turn out.

This one has several layers of various washes, mixed up with a bit of alcohol here and there to spice things up and create some depth to the background (my new favorite!).

On another note, I just booked tickets to take the family to Connecticut at the end of July.  I’m wonderfully excited about this ~ my kids haven’t been to CT in the summer yet, and I can’t wait for them to experience the beaches and summer fun that I knew growing up.  I’m sure it will spark all sorts of creative inspiration (and a plethora of hilarious anecdotes which I will then share with you!!).  In the meantime, I’ll keep plugging along, eyes open, looking for the next source of inspiration for my work.  Cheers!