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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Still Life - Sunflowers

This painting was so far out of my comfort zone when I started it, but the photo tempted me with it's composition and contrasts (photo from the Wetcanvas RIL, my thanks to the photographer). I decided to just go for it with no planning, research or time to worry! I used a larger board than I have ever done for a still life 16" x 18", and a raw sienna colourfix primer. I wanted to really get away from the photographic realism that's my usual default setting but it's taking some time to settle into a different style and to make it my own. I am encouraged enough by this painting though, to keep trying! (I am especially pleased with the glass vase).


  1. Hi. I found you from the Wet Canvas pastel gallery. Your work is marvelous. I am torn between trying to learn photo realism and loosening up and going with a "painterly" style. Looks like everything you paint is a success. I just started with pastels several months ago and have a loong way to go. Your work is quite inspiring. Thanks.

  2. Hi Susan,

    Thank you for the encouragement.

    Although I have realised that I have to try be the best version of me that I can be, it's still tempting sometimes to try and emulate others. I don't think that's wrong though as I always learn something!! Are you posting on Wetcanvas? I hope so as I would like to return the compliment.