Spring is here, and living in the Southern Highlands you sure notice it. There are blossoms everywhere and the air is fragrant and heady with perfume. During this season I always feel I have little choice with my subject matter, that being of flowers and I expect I will do the same each year.
I like to paint swiftly, I apply much of the oil paint with palette knives and afterwards I use small brushes to indicate petals and other intricate details, I guess I really like the combination of haphazard wild paint application and sensitive well thought out line work working in tandem. Apart from enjoying the direct observation of all these blooms I frankly just cut from the garden, I am enthusiastic about colour choices for backdrop and drapery.
Currently I have been using a curtain motif throughout many of my works, as If I am presenting these objects and still life arrangements on a stage. After all, still life painting is mostly staged and a carefully arranged genre.