The way I’m painting flowers now is a very good example of two things:
1. Painting representationally isn’t painting what you see
(Because usually, you can’t.)
2. How the Munsell big book can help you mix more expressive colour
When spring comes to this part of the Cotswolds, the landscape is transformed.
There are two flowers that are responsible for this change, daffodils and oxlips. I love them both, they’ve come to mean spring to me since we moved to this lovely part of the countryside.
I’ve been itching to paint some since I spotted the first one a few days ago.
Everyone who paints regularly knows that, on some level, painting means going willingly into the unknown.
To put it like that seems a little exciting. Romantic, even.
But uncertainty is anything but romantic.
It’s uncomfortable. It means constantly facing the spectre of failure, and sometimes living with it when it happens. Fear is not fun.
So why do we do it?