Sometimes I think wonkiness is part of my DNA. Even when I measure things out and am very careful to try to follow lines, the things I make come out crooked or off balance. It’s not surprising, I suppose, since I am crooked and off balance.
My latest painting was started last week when it was raining and had been raining for what seemed like eternity. Before Valentines day, I bought a small bouquet of carnations to brighten up my room. And they have lasted and lasted, a bright bit of pink and white to rest my eyes on when everything else seemed gray and overcast.
So I decided to paint them. I wanted the gray background of the day, and so I put them in windowsill and went to work. It became a case of starting out with reality and ending up with something else — hopefully my delight at having tenacious flowers during a tenacious rainy season. But the measured window sill and frame I carefully drew became all out of balance as I painted, something I didn’t even notice til I scanned it.
Now it’s sunny and warmer, I’m starting to see spring blossoms here and there — camellias, daffodils, crocus, tiny hyacinths. It’s not quite the big burst of blooming I’ll see as we get closer to spring, but I’m glad we’re heading that direction. Meanwhile, I have my carnations, still healthy, and this wonky painting that I hope shows the way a flower can brighten a dark day.
On February 28th (Thursday), I’ll be giving away a moon flower painting to one of my Patreon supporters:
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