Sunday, May 05, 2013


Struggled--though not much and not for long before I gave up and moved on to irises--with tulips, as I do every year. Other people paint them so beautifully--I especially like the paintings where you look into the center ... Why oh why can't I?

a very weak attempt at being Nolde-ish

an utter disaster! oh well.
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RH Carpenter said...

How I love all of your flower paintings, Laura. The top one is lovely with one compositional gremlin in cutting the palest flower down the middle - but what gorgeous flows of color in everything and that blossom on the leaves adds more beauty. The second painting just needs a dark intense center to pull us in - perhaps an almost black made from complementary colors. The third shows a bit of frustration making it look less like a grouping and more like the flowers are all one shape. Having said that, I still think your use of loose, wet washes is what brings me a lot of enjoyment when I see your work. Perhaps you did these on a "dull mind" day - a day where we are critical to an extreme with an underlying sense of unhappiness. I get those days and it's best for me not to paint on those days as I ruin everything I touch and then feel like I've reinforced my feelings of inadequacy.

Polly Birchall said...

No disasters because you learn from each painting. Your first one is brilliant! I do struggle with flowers they are so frustrating and yet so beautiful. I think we try too hard, don't you.

Carol said...

Laura, the first one is gorgeous & the second one you need to finish, then it will be gorgeous. just go into that center again. You are as hard on yourself as I am!!

I love the quote my teacher just shared:

“The picture that looks as if it were done without effort may have been a perfect battlefield in its making.” ~Robert Henri

cathyswatercolors said...

My you are on a Painting jag! wonderful! I am enjoying all of the paintings.

Barbara Muir said...

Hey Laura,

I love your paintings. You can! You do.

XO Barbara

Gwen Buchanan said...

The first painting at first, reminded me of a painting from an antique Botanical book. it is gorgeous... so much feeling in it.

Barbra Joan said...

Why oh why do we see what's wrong and not what is right.
We learn from each one, even those that frustrate us..
Just keep going .. LOL ! you keep me inspired... BJ