I have been working on a new painting for the coming show that ” Artisan’s at Rocky Hill” in Fredericksburg is having for Rick and me. The painting is a 24″ x 36″ original acrylic of giant red poppies. I have been painting as if I am down in the field among the flowers. The bright reds against the emerald green fields look like rubies in the grass. I have placed a few soft pink poppies in to compliment the giant red poppies. I have selected the complimentary colors red and green to be the major portion of the painting.
When I paint I let the painting grow out of the canvas. When I say grow out of the canvas I mean that when the paint is applied it reminds me of certain shapes and shadows. I stop and look as I paint to see if the colors are trying to appear. Today I have seen the shadows of the poppies leaves. Its the first day that I have actually seen the shapes that were layered in the background. Its very exciting to me when I see shapes that are telling me they want to come out on the painting! Today in my studio I am helping them begin to emerge.