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Flowers in a Basket
22" x 30"
Watercolor
$  2,800.00
Workshop Demonstration
This painting overflows with pleasant, old-fashioned sentimentality, tripping the light fantastic with humor and sharp-witted edges. I gathered the milk-white dogwood and the crystal-pink azaleas sunning themselves outside my studio. I plunked the blossoms into a basket lovingly woven by my mother ....nostalgia being created on the spot. The still life linked me to my private memories of beginnings and family history. Catch the memories if you can. Some of the flowers gather closely together, overlap and present themselves as a unit. Others stand apart as individuals. In the studio, my students and I painted directly from the subject. We paid attention to the movement of the dogwood, repeating a white pattern like blobs of homemade ice cream. I wet the paper and painted the background first, allowing some of the blues to extend into the petals. I defined the sharp edges by glazing -- reversing positive and negative space. The tender pinkness of the azaleas dishes out the softness.