Sunflowers and Cobalt - 6" x 6" - Oil on Linen Panel - SOLD
Day 26 of the Strada Easel 31 paintings in 31 days challenge. Sunflowers in a little cobalt vase for today's painting. I always thought still life paintings would be easier, since, once you set them up, nothing much changes (as opposed to plein air with constantly moving light, clouds moving in and out, wind, rain, bugs, wild animals, etc). But, it took me quite a while to set this little sucker up...at first the big sunflower in the left background was too well lit, drawing the eye too much, the back right one drooped too much, and made the eye go completely off on the right hand side. There is quite a bit of composition planning in even a small simple still life. I have a new found admiration for the still life painters out there.
Patricia Butler loves to paint. Living and working in Austin, Texas, she is drawn to the beauty around her and the challenge of capturing the essence of the scene before her. She counts herself very blessed to be living in Austin, which is a vibrant, growing city, and, with its multitude of lovely parks and nearby lakes and hill country, it presents endless inspiration. She is a founding member of Plein Air Austin, and enjoys painting with the group any chance she gets.