Peony Hearts by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
Peony Hearts is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio. One of the best ways to break down the essential bone structure of a flower is to deconstruct the flower, and working from life with an excellent light source is the quickest way to find that perfect balance between reality and impressionism. There are lots of great ways to migrate away from the old method of painting super-realistically. Squinting, of course, is one way. I asked my eye doctor last month during my annual exam if squinting four to five hours a day while painting would ruin my eyesight. She laughed and told me I had absolutely nothing to worry about. But then, what did she know. She's 22 years old...!
I do not paint petals, leaves, or stems. I paint shapes. Create the mass, or the shape, first. Then build the little details and fru fru pieces last. By avoiding super realism, we open the door to our viewers and allow them to help tell the story of the painting. Using a big brush, limiting your strokes, taking a photo of your fresh flower setup and cutting the photo into shapes, turning your photo upside down, using an egg timer to limit the time you spend on your daily flower painting, these are all great ways to get you to the point of being less realistic in your paintings. Most importantly, remember why you began painting in the first place - to enjoy the journey. If color gives you joy, push it to the extreme. When all else fails, put some polka dots on it! When you stop enjoying painting, you stop painting. The world needs more artists, and more people with the courage to step outside the boundaries. I happen to think you are perfectly suited for the job!