I painted this some time ago with acrylics.  It was long before I knew anything about placing a focal point. The right hand corner validates that.  But, I did manage to soften enough edges, I think, to make those red poppies pop.  I am tempted to try this again with oils, but today I have a small 5x7 canvas filled with the huge eye of a sunflower and it's erratic petals.  

Painting IS a journey, and as it's been said, (thank you Richard Rogers), you do need to put miles on your brush.  You (and I), can ruminate about what colors, values, compositions need to happen, but until it actually happens...you're at a standstill.  Keep in mind, when I use the third person I am definitely talking about myself.

I so appreciate all that I've learned, and continue to learn from my teacher, and the teachers and tutors outside of Vermont.  But, it is up to me to take that brush to the paint, and on to the canvas.  

When time permits I hope to get into the Online Workshop, but right now I am fortunate enough to be working with an artist here that guides me.  I also hope to have some recent work posted soon.

Keep on painting!  Art Rocks!


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Comment by Richard Rogers on March 4, 2012 at 1:45

Hi Cathy.

Your poppies do pop. It is a lovely painting. You mentioned you are tempted to try the same subject again in oils and I'd encourage you to do that. It is a wonderful way to develop ideas and intresting to see how a composition/painting can evolve.

Thanks for your comment re my painting the Bush Track. That particular version was a reworking in a different style of a painting I'd done several times previously. Cheers

Comment by Cathy Dellinger on March 2, 2012 at 12:26

For some reason, the image is not appearing here.  C'est la vie!


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