So I have moved back to oils with this one and I am enjoying them.
I actually started with an acrylic base - 1st image (mainly as hadn't got out to the shops to buy a few colours that I was missing)
Using my 20 year old oil paints, was hard to get the lids off but they are good as gold!!
As you can see I'm working from the center and eventually there will be a Bee on the front petal.
I am enjoying be able to blend, which I found really hard with acrylics.
But this certainly isn't the impressionistic style I've been attempting previously...
I guess as I am just getting back into painting, I am experimenting and seeing what direction I want to follow.
I would appreciate any thoughts or comments :)
Your detail is terrific Zahira. I'll look forward to seeing the finished painting. Well done.
Yes, but try and make it painterly and not photographic. To put emphasis on the handiwork, such as visible brush strokes, increases the artistic value. Flowers are ideal to paint unrealistically. Swedish painter Karl Axel Pehrson painted flowers from another world. /Mats
great work zahira I love the detail
You have a habit of telling everyone else how they should paint.
The detail is amazing! I like the brightness, it looks so real.
Thanks Guys, I've been enjoying working on this one. Looking forward to doing some more over the weekend.
I'm sure that you are expressing an opinion but statements like, "Yes, but try and make it painterly and not photographic", is telling others what they are doing wrong. You are often wrong in your opinions and come across as a know it all, but that's just my opinion.
It goes with the times. People today are over-reacting against strong views and forceful personalities, because in the postmodern era everyone is right in their own way, and all cultures, religions, and art movements, are supposed to be equally good. But artists in earlier epochs have always held very strong views. Picasso discussed with his friends almost every morning, and he was unyielding. El Lissitsky said that Malevich's Suprematism was equal to a new revelation, like the New Testament.
In earlier times, people were expected to adopt a well-defined view about anything, and they weren't afraid of confronting others. This was because it wasn't regarded an insult to confront others with a different opinion. On the contrary, it was considered manly. But today there must only be insipid blah-blah-blah. I find it utterly boring that people won't formulate firm standpoints. It's no wonder that young people revolt against this lukewarmness by turning to extremist movements.
I just want to say that art should be artful and not skillful. This statement is not a directive, but an opinion. I am speaking from the heart, because I find a Cubist flower much more interesting than a photographic. Yesterday I received the book "Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life", Butler & Maurer (eds.). I enjoy the colour plates immensely.
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