40 x 30
I used a lot of my new favourite colour, pthalo green, in this piece; I bought it for Mexico and am hooked, for now, at least. It`s powerful and quite unnatural, forcing me to avoid an earthy background which puts the painting into a more traditional setting. By putting that colour in early, I could guide the painting towards my goal, because no realistic painting of flowers would harmonize with it. This was liberating! The flowers became simply colour, mass, edge and pattern, and I could explore those elements without feeling like I had to define a single bloom. I enjoyed creating and then obscuring the silhouette of the flowers against their background, trying to get as many interesting edges as possible.
Some other deliberate choices that I made to update this floral were to use a paint bucket to display the bouquet rather than a pretty vase, and to fragment the table on which the display sat.
This painting feels edgier than my usual work, but I like it. It`s definitely not my grandmother`s floral bouquet!