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Simple Mornings and Daylilies

“I paint flowers so they will not die.
I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return.
Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?
I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.
I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.
Painting completed my life.
I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”

 – Frida Kahlo

I’ve always loved this poem. And it is a perfect introduction to this post. Last week I finish up my next painting and I wanted to share it with y’all.

Introducing, Simple Mornings,

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This painting was such a process of labor and love. It began with a rough, very rough, outline. I also worked from the center out this time…something I hadn’t thought about until reading further through some of the botanical books I have. Roses should be painted from the center out, it gives it a more organic look and feel. I think it made all the difference.

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A few days later I filled in the rest of the rose.

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Then it was time for the background. I wanted a really nice dark background but just flat black wasn’t working for me. I layered Dark Grape and Violet followed by a nice layer of black to burnish. It made all the difference.

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Here’s the finished piece again!

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Thank God for Instagram! I love being able to track my progress as I go.

I also whipped out this Ivy Leaf quickly on Friday…quickly being 5 hours. HA!

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I’ll be working on a Hemerocallis Buttered Popcorn…or Daylily…this week! Along with all the crochet/knitting/teaching stuff I need to get done!

Have a good week y’all!

R

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