Here’s one of the first flower paintings. I went back over the leaves this afternoon, but white takes slightly longer than forever to dry, so refining the petals will have to wait. I hope I can keep the soft, gauzy feel when I deepen the value changes. I want all the creamy edges to melt.
And here’s some backgrounds I’ve blended for a painting of hydrangeas, falling through the frame like it’s raining hydrangeas, and another magnolia. I’m not sure the opalescent colors will read on this photo, but you get the idea.
There is something very relaxing about doing small paintings with a single focus, after working for months on large, complex paintings.
Here’s Blood & Knavery Hot – I added the burnt match and the wisp of smoke from the candle, all the detail of the B&K plate, and brightened up the book pages yesterday.
B&K Cold is lagging a little behind, but not far.
And today I mixed a dozen blues for Periodical Blues, and started on the background drapery
At last count, I’m working on seven paintings. By the 18th I’ll be working on 13, counting the six small works for the Hand to Hand project. I’ve gessoed the wooden cut outs and am ready to start.
My goal is to finish all of these by the end of August. Meanwhile, I am not starting anything else, no matter how tempting the idea is. I feel like Ben-Hur during the chariot race.
On the positive business side, HHFA sold the Delft Swing, and last Friday we shipped Rembrandt at the Kunsthistoriche to Hawaii.