In college I spent several months on a painting project researching elements of design found in wildflowers and where they are present in modern design and architecture. Lately, as I mentioned in my last post, these ideas have been swimming around in my head once again (more likely they never actually left). John Mark Comer's book, Garden City: Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human, has added a whole new dimension to my thoughts on the relationship between gardens and cities and woven them into the MOST beautiful story - not just about plants and buildings - but of a creation in the Garden, our calling as mankind, and how the work we do now is cultivating and contributing to our ultimate dwelling place: the new Earth; a Garden City.
Remember these guys? They recently came back to the forefront of my mind when I received a request for a few of them in print form.
Painting these little wildflowers was the first time I dedicated myself to a series. Second semester of my senior year I spent close to six months researching, sketching, building canvases, and throwing away a lot of bad paintings. I had many conversations with professors during this time, making me question myself and think longer until I could give a strong, intelligent reason defending what I was doing painting pictures of flowers, and more importantly, why I was doing it.
More or less, painting the botanical series taught me how to think and work like an artist (which apparently is only 85% wearing burets and snacking on baguettes by the Seine - who knew!?).
Now, two years later, these little plants are inspiring a new series; a series with similar colors, similar sizes, but in my currently preferred, less-representational style.
Stay tuned, friends! It's about to be a new kind of garden party.
As in any creative endeavor, styles shift and change with time. I felt a slight but definite shift in the studio when I was painting these - partially because I was using new tools which of course makes a difference, but also in the way they were approached. These were quick, more gestural, more layered, a bit looser.
Now available through the gallery!
Bloom, Then Grow
, 36 x 48, Mixed Media on Canvas
, 36 x 36, Mixed Media on Canvas
, 40 x 40, Mixed Media on canvas