I photographed roses in Balboa Park Rose garden as an Easter present to myself. An artist date as the great Julia Cameron would put it (The Artist’s Way). Lovely man trimming roses gave me two wonderful blooms, and this is one. Apologies to my friend Pat Kelly who is deep into portraying the soul of the rose, but it looked like so much fun! They do burst with color and translucentness. I believe I will paint another one.
Little Tommy Brown used to get his milk out of this pitcher in the 20′s, when Shirley Temple was a big star. Lots of facets on the surface makes it hard to paint. It’s easier to analyze these paintings at a small size. kissing the edges I see. Some confusion in the cloth. Still trying to get looser with the paint and still trying to push for satisfying compositions. I am pleased with the values, they read ok to me.
Second time attempting to paint these bottles. The bottles came from a souk (market) in Morocco. Herns brought them back as a present and I value them highly. Mysteriously there are no labels and it’s not clear what the colors consist of. Like a djin in a bottle open at your own risk. The caps are rubber the color of the eraser on a #10 pencil.
While studying the paintings of other daily painters I am seeing the phenomenon of what I call “light fur” the result of light bouncing off the object on a dark background. David Cheiftez is really rocking this way of painting.