Flowers

I have sometimes had a strained relationship with painting flowers. The most absurd memory is from our vacation in “The Village of the Damned” (see Spain).

Flowers, Colmenar, 2002
Flowers, Colmenar, 2002

Clogged with allergies,  I had collected up a whole bunch of wild flowers – the culprits, to paint. After a frustrated, angry hour, I petulantly threw down my brushes and pronounced out loud, “I have lost all my talent!”. Yes, I did that, and typing it out still makes me cringe with embarrassment. Mark glanced up from the book he was reading and then resumed without comment. I retreated to the kitchen in shame and made lunch…
I am glad to say my more recent efforts have not been accompanied by diva-ish outbursts.

 

Lilac in a Jug, 2.00pm, May 23rd, 2020
Lilac in a Jug, 2.00pm, May 23rd, 2020

 

Lilac in a Jug, 5.00pm, May 23rd, 2020
Lilac in a Jug, 5.00pm, May 23rd, 2020

 

Dogwood and Lilac, May 21st, 2020
Dogwood and Lilac, May 21st, 2020

 

Flowers - ready for their close-up, May 30th, 2020
Flowers – ready for their close-up, May 30th, 2020

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Irises and Blue Jug, May 30th, 2020
Irises and Blue Jug, May 30th, 2020
Detail - Irises and Blue Jug, May 30th 2020
Detail – Irises and Blue Jug, May 30th 2020
Detail - Irises and Blue Jug, May 30th 2020
Detail – Irises and Blue Jug, May 30th 2020
Detail - Irises and Blue Jug, May 30th 2020
Detail – Irises and Blue Jug, May 30th 2020

 

9 Comments

  1. Today is our 58th wedding anniversary and I have woken up to your beautiful flowers and it’s a lovely morning.

  2. Hi Mike, love these paintings really beautiful! I’ll try to block out the image of you ‘losing your talent’ when I look at the wonderful painting in my kitchen!!

    1. Ha! One of the things Mark has taught me, besides dialing back on diva, is to live with the pictures before passing judgement. It is something Paul (Ryan) also tried to get through to me over thirty years ago! I frequently end up really liking the ones I was cross about.

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