Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cherries On The Branch

The artist and their art evolves in many different ways over the course of their life time.  Mine is no different!

I have a bag full of preferences and styles that I'm continually refining. 

I've learned to just let go of expectation and allow my instinct to lead the way.

Some styles and subjects feel painful to paint, where others are exciting and consuming. 

 Realistic or botanical style art has captured my imagination lately, I am feeling drawn to the meticulous detail and focus required for such rendering. 

Perhaps because it is so calming and meditative for me.

Working slowly on building up color and tone has become something I love doing, watching a painting take shape and emerge is so delightful. 

The hardest part for me is the initial pencil sketch and maintaining proportion...but practice makes perfect, right?

Botanical art is an age-old discipline, and the more I explore it, the more I am in awe of the artists and illustrators who have made it their profession.  I'd love to undertake a botanical illustration course, but time is not my friend right now.  Perhaps in the future. 

These cherries on the branch were done in Sennelier L'aquarelle Artist's Watercolors in a Stillman & Birn Zeta Sketchbook.

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