I spent 30 years painting still life until I started pursuing other subject matter a few years ago. I’ve been waiting to have something new to say about flowers.
There are three kinds of peonies in this image. The closed buds are Japanese peonies. The square format is very classic and changes the compositional dynamic as users of Instagram well know.
Garden Roses II
The light in this painting is from a more overcast day and so the blues and greens are cooler which make a nice contrast to the reds. These are roses from our garden so the shapes are more irregular and they’ve been exposed to the sun and rain which make them more interesting to paint.
These hydrangeas are from my backyard. I took the photograph last year and sat with it until this summer. The colours change from a green and cream colour to a pink hue with touches of purple.