Spring is finally ready to pop here in Southern Indiana. The early daffodils and crocuses are out in force. The tulips are up but not yet blooming. I’m not sure if the narcissus will make it after the deep freeze a week ago but the forsythias are ready to pop.
Meanwhile I’m still in the mood to paint flowers which finds me scouring my old photos. This painting was based on a small bouquet of mixed zinnias from my garden. I think the greens are sprigs of coriander with added bits of phlox and sweet peas.
Painting flowers is much more challenging than most people realize. Some artists are so talented in painting every pistol and stamen but that is not my style. I prefer to capture the feel of the flower. This is called impressionism.
As you can see if you view the detail photos, brush strokes are a mix of bold and soft. It takes some practice to achieve this effect but all I can advise is to keep at it. Or, wipe it off or paint over any less than desirable areas.
This painting can be viewed on my Etsy shop here.