I have fun with these orchid paintings and playing with how the flowers look against different colored backgrounds. This one is posing in front of another painting so I could have a fun green to play the flowers off of. I also enjoyed painting the leaves of the spider plant in this one. It was a challenge figuring out how much to simplify that mass of information with all of those leaves.
In the previous poll question I asked which form of expression has been the most moving for you. With 102 votes the results were:
My wife says I should not be surprised by these results, since this is a blog about painting. But I have to admit I am a little surprised. I love making paintings, and I do find them moving and exciting, but I also have had more intense reactions to other forms of art. For me, music is consistently the art form that stirs strong emotions. I do not have as deep of an understanding of it, and I am amateurish at making music, but I find a strong connection to it. I have occasionally seen a painting bring someone to tears, and I am always interested to see that. I think part of my vote here has to do with the way I look at art. I spend my whole life trying to analyze paintings and problem solve my own work. Maybe that makes it harder for me to have a truly emotional reaction to a painting/drawing? I don’t know. But it was fun to see the way people were voting. If anyone had a specific piece of art they were thinking of when answering this poll, I would be curious to hear what it was. Maybe you could mention it in the comments below so others can see too.