It’s flower season here in Portland. I have been doing a lot of fun watercolors.
Here’s one of some geraniums:
Geranium, 2017, watercolor on paper, 12×16
Foxgloves are biennials, which apparently means they bloom every two years. I thought this was a yet another weed in my front yard and recently I got surprised by these lovely blossoms.
Foxgloves, 2017, watercolor on paper, 12×16
I also grew a bunch of wonderful tulips this year. Here’s a view of the tulips when they get all floppy and flattened right before the petals are going to drop.
Spent tulips, 2017, watercolor on paper, 12×16
And I could take pictures of peonies forever. I have peonies in my garden! Hot pink ones and these pink frilly ones (I think they’re Sarah Bernhardts?) I want to grow tree peonies but they’re like $80 a pot.
Peony bouquet, 2017, watercolor on paper, 12×16
Last time I mentioned I painted a canvas with a lavender background. I wrote out that dream quote in yellow paint and then smeared it out. Not sure where this is going. I could see this one being used for a landscape eventually or maybe I’ll make it an abstract. This canvas is larger than the ones I’ve been working on.
The canvas is sitting on an unstretched piece of canvas that I found rolled up (my mother had dutifully saved everything of mine). I’m going to paint over it as well with oil. We’ll see how the shapes in the background play out.
I was reminded of an artist that I like on Pinterest …Jenny Holzer. She writes memorable quotes and they are embedded in all sorts of places: billboards, movie theater signs, etched in marble, projected on a building, etc etc. I love this quote:
This piece is so fitting for today’s politics:
Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise from the series Truisms T-shirts (1980-)
Untitled Bench, Jenny Holzer, Missing Peace Exhibit
I had a drawing teacher tell me a long time ago, in a place far far away that my charcoal drawings reminded him of Cy Twombly. I was fortunate to see Cy Twombly at a retrospective I think at the Whitney Museum several years ago. He’s amazing. He embeds words in scribbles and gestural marks in a very beautiful and effortless way
Apollo by Cy Twombly
Here’s a recent watercolor of a peony with the word daydream scribbled on top. Nowhere near as masterful as Twombly but we’ll see where adding words in my art leads me. Don’t quit your daydream!
Daydream pink peony