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"For the Birds", 36x24, Acrylic & Mixed-Media on Panel.

“For the Birds”, 36×24, Acrylic & Mixed-Media on Panel.

Dear friend,

April 8,2014

While It am waiting for the side’s of the above painting to dry, I’m leafing through material for my upcoming show at the #Hive Gallery downtown #Medicine Hat.

I have decided to go with florals. yes, #flowers of all sorts. I’ve not painted these as of yet, but feel that the challenge will be well deserved!

Why paint flowers ?

When I first started painting landscapes, my girlfriend Teresa had commented on painting flowers. I tersely commented………”anything, but flowers. Never will I paint flowers.”

I had already developed artistic snobbery. I was determined to become a landscape acrylic mixed-media artist. It was beneath my sense of pride to become a one trick pony and paint flowers over and over and over again.

When I went to the Georgia O’Keefe museum in Santa Fe, I changed my mind. I started to add poppies to my paintings – to integrate them into a landscape painting even though they were not indigenous to the southern alberta landscape. The pop of the red colour combined with the brilliant blue became an instant hit.

It didn’t take me long to make an attitudinal adjustment towards those who paint flowers.I had not appreciated the complication of the landscape of a flower, the subtle changes of form, value and colour.

The challenge for the show is to represent an intimate, even sexy view of a flower juxtaposed against a neutral black background to show off the subtleties of the colour of the flower.

As I set down my brush at the end of a painting session, I realize how much I learn about landscape painting, subtle changes of form and how much I had come to respect those who paint flowers.

Flowers are a true and valid expression of art and appreciation of the natural world. An under-rated subject matter to this artists eye.

“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” (Georgia O’Keefe)