The original painting is a studio painting done from direct observation. The nice thing about a studio still life is that it is possible to set things up as you like. In this case, I was able to set up a composition that features two complementary colors – purple and yellow in a field of secondary greens and neutrals.
The flowers came from my wife’s garden. This time of year she has loads of Black-eyed Susans – they grow like weeds and are everywhere in late August and early September. They are placed in a beautiful goblet shaped vase. My wife had them inside the house, but I commandeered them and brought them to the studio for a couple days.
The deep blue violet vase that sits in the back was a perfect complement, color-wise, to the flowers. Both were set up on a table that is located in front of a window. The deep greens of summer outside the window was a harmonious backdrop. A green table cloth and a small green bottle were added to the scene. In doing so, the greens of the background were brought into the foreground creating further harmony and balance.
Handling a bouquet of flowers, particularly a bouquet of the same variety, is made easier by subordinating the individual blooms and focusing on the mass of color they produce. Doing so makes it easier to create a unified work and helps to avoid “fusiness” in the painting.
Limited edition of fifty prints, signed and numbered. All are mounted, matted and in sealed protective packaging.