After really liking the painting I did outdoors in the midst of our flower gardens, (see the last blog post here) and after selling that painting when I really didn't want to part with it, I decided to 'paint it again.' This time I painted it in the studio, relying on memory and imagination.

By using the same techniques and colors, the results were similar. Yet, the first painting, though not as carefully planned, seemed to have more 'life' in it, more emotional impact.... a result of plein aire painting, responding to the moment, painting from life??? Maybe.

I do love these flowers in the spring, and there's a second variety that blooms in the fall, too. The way they swing and sway in the breeze is absolutely poetic.

If I'm ever inspired to paint them again, I think I'd want to have a bouquet right in front of me. Something's gained in the painting by from life whenever it's possible.

Second best is painting from photos that inspired me when I took them. The trick is to remember why I wanted to take the photo in the first place and then leave nearly everything else out.

"ANEMONES" Transparent Watercolor on 140#CP Arches 12 x 9" COLLECTED


Joan Sandford-Cook said...

I agree Sandy - the work created outdoors has that special light and strength of colour and movement. I also prefer the three triangular placed blooms bottom right on the original more than the three in line in your repeat work. Still gorgeous though.

Cathy said...

Well I don't seem to find any strong difference, your trick of remembering why you took the photo in the first place seems to be working for you no doubt!!! It's really beautiful!

S*Ja Znaju, Scrappar Liv said...

I totally agree on your thoughts on remembering the "why" you took a special fotography. Sometimes I can even taste the picture, and other times I have no idea what was the point at the time.
Tell me moore ;-)

Sandi Hester said...

Sandy, I came across your blog today and really enjoyed looking through it! I'll be checking back regularly! Good stuff!!

Dawn said...

I like them both Sandy! spring is trying to sprung here! LOL!

Mary Paquet said...

Sandy, both of these florals are just beautiful and I would be proud to say I had created them! I especially like the one you did plein air. That freshness and light really comes through.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thank you for taking the time to comment. Flowers do fill a special nedd we all seem to have. I rarely paint them anymore and only wish I could grow more of them here. Too many deer - so our flowers all become deer candy.

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A lovely painting!