April 5, 2008

(146) Blue Hydrangeas
private collection
6 x 8, oil
Robert Henri talked about the importance of painting the spirit or essence of your subject. Eckhart Tolle explains this concept further when he suggests that we consider the wonder and awe of life, stating that a flower "silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you. This is what great artists sense and succeed in conveying in their art. Van Gogh didn't say 'That's just an old chair.' He looked, and looked, and looked. He sensed the Beingness of the chair. Then he sat in front of the canvas and took up the brush."
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"An artist's studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it"...Leonardo da Vinci
While I see merit in da Vinci's statement, some days I feel like the "old woman who lived in a shoe" because it can become equally distracting to efficiently organize a tiny space. So, with that in mind, I'm stepping away from the easel for a few days in an attempt to do some major sorting, filing,and spring cleaning. Who knows what I'll find out there?Maybe the weather will cooperate and it will actually feel like spring!...TTFN


somepinkflowers said...

i escaped yard work
in the hot florida sun
(yes, already)
and stumbled
on your cool blueness.


my hydrangeas are all pink,
so thanks so much
for the refreshingly lovely break.

going back out to plant petunias,

virtual nexus said...

Love the way you have captured the fall of light on these hydrangeas.

I wondered about doing some rapid sketches from video clips -
one way of moving the image away from the static?

Barbara Pask said...

This is just lovely, looks like spring. I really enjoy your blog. You seem to have such a great spirit. Barb

FCP said...

Thanks for the nice comments, ladies. I appreciate your visits here,

Crazy Ravens Studio said...

This has a nice feeling of enjoying ones garden in the cool of the evening. If you tell me that these are in bloom right now I may shoot myself. Very nice Faye

FCP said...

You are so funny. Have no fear--they are not in bloom here for another month, but all the groceries and nurseries are full of the potted variety--who could resist?

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

hi faye, i love the soft focus look of this painting. the way you laid in the values and basically let them be, it's got a dreamy quality about. much different than your other paintings. very nice.

Jack Riddle said...

Nice work on this one Faye. I really enjoy your blog, good thoughts coupled with nice work. Thank you. Jack

Anonymous said...

You've captured this beautiful flower so well.