That’s what I’ve decided to call this new piece. It’s almost complete and should be ready for signing by next week.
It will be a month since I started this piece. Part of the reason I did it was to have something completed and feel like I already accomplished something. I felt a little frustrated that the flowers were coming along slowly. Hence this.
It’s based on a photograph a friend posted on Facebook. I find I prefer to paint things that are inspired by other things. I rarely make actual copies.
The possibilities are endless and I realised I work well this way.
Plus, I like winging it. It just feels so loose and…well, my kind of painting.
I may have taken lessons in the past but I have no desire to take further formal lessons. Not at this point anyway when I can use my stock knowledge to achieve what I want to paint.
There are a lot of things I could learn still. But I find I’m okay with how I’m dealing with it now.
I think I’m at an in-between point though. This doesn’t feel very Impressionist but, at the same time, the sensibilities I use still take from their style of presenting objects with a heavy leaning towards putting myself on the canvas.
This piece speaks a lot of that. If you compare the previous images to the more recent ones, the size of the sun changed dramatically. I realise I need this kind of image the most. Seeing the light beyond the objects casting a shadow.
I needed to see it strong and starkly contrasting against everything else.
Because dark cannot exist without light.
Because light cannot exist without dark.
Because sometimes, you need to remember that shadows exist because of the light. The shadow is there because there is light behind what’s causing the shadow.
To see the light beyond the object blocking it. That’s not too much to ask, right?
Because part of true strength is to learn to wait. Whatever’s blocking the light will pass. It will pass.