Hooray! I did it! I finished this painting!
I’ve spent the last couple of days trying not to ruin it!
You know, by dropping my paintbrush filled with black paint on it, accidentally knocking over my water container, leaving the watercolor painting out in the rain…all things I’ve done before that come to mind when I’m working on a painting I actually like.
I really like it!
It’s got my crazy sense of color, I think the composition is interesting, and the center dahlia is drop dead gorgeous!
I will tell you what this still life makes me think of:
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Julia Robert’s sister? or George Clooney’s brother?
I bought three dahlias that day and they were all beautiful, but sometimes one just stands out among the rest. you know, a star.
I can’t imagine being Beyoncé’s sister the nurse or Obama’s brother the tax accountant.
Man that would stink!
It’s part of life though. I see it in my everyday life with ordinary people I know. I see it in nature too.
You can’t quite put your finger on what makes a star a “star”, but you know it when you see it.
I think that’s what I want to try to capture in painting. Those small things in the world that are STARS. But like all stars, they are fleeting. They shoot across the sky and then they are gone.
Painting is one of the oldest forms of documentation of that which a human has seen. My dahlias from the farm stand lasted all of three days, but my painting can last a lifetime.
I think that’s so darn cool!