Saturday, June 23, 2012

White Kousa Dogwood (no.71)

8"x7.5"x1", oil on masonite


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I came across these beautiful flowers while taking a walk around the neighborhood and had to paint them.  I am very attracted to all white objects in painting for some reasons not fully understood to me but one reason I do understand is that they provide an opportunity to look past the initial white one sees to find the subtle colors that make up the light bouncing off of the petals.  This is one of the most challenging aspects of painting to me, but I also see it as one of the most important characteristics distinguishing a painting from a photograph: the exaggeration of subtle colors that a camera usually fails to fully capture. 

 Another challenge this piece brought up was trying to make an interesting composition when the entire picture plane is full of leaves.  It is very easy to start trying to perfect the leaves and give the painting an overall flat, uniform feeling while forgetting that they are not the focus of the painting and, because it's a painting and you can do virtually anything you want, it is possible to create your own depth of field.

This is how it would look framed (actual painting does not include frame):

1 comment:

  1. Really outstanding works here. I admire your loose realistic style. All your subjects are treated with such expertise. Great Blog!