Needed Some Colors

red rose, rose painting, roses, still life painting, yellow rose
After a Black & White commission that I am going to post after tomorrow I needed some really bright splashes of colors. And I needed to make it loose. No details! No background! Attention is on the subject matter. The vase is my favorite. It looks so great together with yellow and red of roses. And I’ve used absolutely unusual paper for watercolor this time. My son finished his drawing class and brought left over (pretty much not used) pad of Series 400 Stathmore Bristol.. Quite interesting experience to paint on it: makes you think about Impressionists and their fast techniques. Next time I’ll try very wet-on-wet using this paper. It is exciting to try different materials.

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20″x16″ Watercolor on Bristol 400 Series Strathmore Paper

In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Love, Light, Lemon!

Dutch Still Life, lemon painting, rose painting, still life painting

Lately wherever I go and whatever I do the Dutch Still Life is following my art journey. Two weeks ago we started studying Dutch Art in my Art History class. Week ago I went to the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco to see Dutch private collection. And last week my husband and I were traveling to Washington, DC and happen to come to the Smithsonian Art Museum; and, guess what, we crashed into a Dutch Still Life there, surprise! I can look at the still lives painted by old masters forever and ever and never get tired of them. The professionalism, the symbolism, the details! Incredible!
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The still life that you see in this post has it’s story as are all paintings (usually). The coffee pot was brought by my extended family Great Grandpa from Poland when immigrating to America in the beginning of 20th Century. The G-Grandpa is long time gone; but the coffee pot is in our family. One day I was sitting in my studio and winter sun hit the old table with the cup of coffee on it. The light was so sudden and so inspiring that I’ve grabbed what we had in the kitchen and dining room and started setting up a still life before the sun beam disappears. Lemon, Rose and Grandpa’s coffee pot won the prize.
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The dark background reminds me Dutch Still Life style. I didn’t think about symbols when setting it up, we can just have a brainstorm and come up with many. I named this still life painting Love, Light, Lemon! as it seemed to be very poetic and implies some kind of song.
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20″x16″ Watercolor on 300 lb Cold Pressed Arches, Winsor & Newton Watercolor

In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul