Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Next Round
The next round of Spring blossoms has begun here at our bucolic manor. The azalea is in bloom. It's a little early, thanks to our mild winter this year. You can still see the winter bronzing on the leaves. But that doesn't detract from it's fabulous fuchsia blossoms.
I really felt like getting out my paints and spending the day capturing the essence of these beauties on canvas. There's nothing like painting outside - plein air - with the warm sun and the fresh smell of the outdoors.
But, that wasn't in the cards. Too many chores to do before the rain came.
So I will settle for painting with photoshop! If I only had this years ago for my art classes. When I was younger, my mother arranged for me to work with a local artist at her studio after school. It was like a giant playroom to me. I never knew what medium I would get to work with - oils, watercolors, clays - it could be anything. She would work on her commissioned pieces or prepare for a show and I would make my own "masterpieces" of the still lifes she would set up for me. My end results were - well, let's just say that they weren't gallery-ready. No matter the results, though, it was great fun and I still take the time to sketch and paint now and again.
Even though photoshop can give me great results, I still do prefer actually painting. I like that quiet time, the initial sketching, getting absorbed in the play of light and color. So relaxing.
And my mother still thinks they are all masterpieces - you have to love that!