Friday, 11 January 2013

Snowdrops 2013

Snowdrops coming to life  as a work in progress

Not a year goes by where I don't feel compelled to paint snowdrops. I adore these little flowers. Considering they face the bad weather to bloom, bringing hints of  warmer days to come  each Springtime.

In the past I have usually painted them with  blue ,violet or turquoise backdrops using a variety of texture effects. For some reason those colour  combinaions were not my first choice as I painted in my studio today. I opted for pinks and yellows to brighten up what could have been a very cool wash. There is a wonderful sense of movement appearing at this stage as I love how the delicate heads  of the real flowers nod in the slightest of breezes.

It is incredible how much we think about when painting the simplest of subjects. I can't wait to finish this piece and start a new one too to see where the snowdrop journey of 2013 will lead me!

Artist Tip: Look at a subject you painted last year and see if you paint it differently this year. Use different colour combinations or change your usual composition. Aim for the unique and have confidence in your choices!

1 comment:

Michelle Morris said...

Jean, I too paint snowdrops! To me, the symbolize the evidence of things not seen--namely spring in my cold climate! Lovely paintings.