Something Old, Something New
I put out a poll on Instagram during September asking for still life subject ideas, and there were multiple requests for florals. I hadn't done any florals in my still lifes because I'm kind of a hipster so I pride myself in being offbeat (probably a little snobby in my case), but mostly I hadn't done any flowers yet because they're So. Hard. Anyway, my people wanted flowers and I had been wanting to paint this little teacup and butterfly, so I set up and...this was the result. It's not horrible, but golly, flowers have so many pieces. The teacup turned out all right, but I didn't get the delicate beauty of the petals or the light effect in the flower heads that I was going for. I did learn a lot though, so that's something.
Ah, nocturnes, you devilish beasties. Nocturnes are such a headtrip, and I'm not a night owl at all so I can hardly stay up long enough after it gets dark to really get meaningful work in on one. So this was painted from a study I did a long time ago. Nocturnes are so interesting, though, and I'd love to do more.
I've been rereading a lot of old books this year, and one of them that I finished up recently was the Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton. Some day I need to do a series of illustrations from my favorite books, because I get so much inspiration from books. Here's a little triplet though. This first one is from the very beginning. I don't want to spoil anything, because it is a pretty interesting book, so I think the quotes that inspired these are sufficient explanation.
"'All the same,' replied Syme patiently, 'just at present you only see the tree by the light of the lamp. I wonder when you would ever see the lamp by the light of the tree.'"
"Syme had for a flash the sensation that the cosmos had turned exactly upside down, that all trees were growing downwards and that all stars were under his feet."
The Earth in Anarchy (chapter title)
The next post will be the last- the challenge is winding down already! I don't know if I'll be able to stop after this. I've got so many other half-started paintings that aren't for this challenge but have come out of it, and that's pretty encouraging- even if I'm dead at the end of it I won't have to start whole new paintings.