Spring Awakening

The tulips only last so long. Get ’em while ya can!

Spring Awakening
Spring Awakening, 6″ x 8″, Oil on canvas panel, $200
Spring of 2010 I saw this out in the front yard. The grass was long and the tulips were poking through; how cool! The old cans were close, but I think I moved them around a little bit to find the right composition. This little painting was a bit of a struggle, but I think I captured the light just right.

Ten Pink Roses

A painting of a thank you gift.

Ten Pink Roses, 12" x 16", Acrylic on canvas panel
Ten Pink Roses, 12″ x 16″, Acrylic on canvas panel, $400
My wife got these roses for a thank you from a student she worked with. They weren’t in the house long before I decided they really needed to be painted. I knew theses flowers would soon die and go away, but by painting them they live on!
This was the first time I’ve tried to paint roses and it was quite a challenge. I don’t have any of those one-swooping-brush-stroke-pedal techniques, so I just do what I do and tried my best to capture these beautiful shapes. The finished painting ended up having a kind of wispy translucent quality as though there is some kind of breeze blowing them around.
For the set up I put the dog’s pillow behind the flowers for a background. I originally had the table edge going at an angle and you can still see it in the background.
One other funny thing to note is a lot of times about half way through a painting, without even trying, I’ll see some kind of face. Can you find the face I see in this painting?
Here’s a photo of the set up.