Friday, July 9, 2010

In Progress: Southern Weeds

These two paintings are still in progress. They are two of a triptych which shows three different stages of the blackberry bush in my back yard. The weather here has scorched the bush, so unfortunately, now I will have to finish these up from photos. It is not an easy thing for me to switch from working from life to using photos, especially on this newer subject matter. With the figure, I have had enough time painting in front of the real thing, so that I know what information I need to ignore in photos. But, with the botanicals, I become overwhelmed with so much information and details within the photos which aren't as apparent to the naked eye. Also, colorwise, I need to find a way to tie these two (and then the third) together a bit more.

 Blackberry Blossom, (In Progress), oil on panel, 8" x 10"

Blackberry Fruit, (In Progress), oil on panel, 8" x 8"


  1. Absolutely beautiful. Soft, lovely composition...luscious greens.

  2. Wonderful paintings, especially the step toward realism displayed and yet painterly at the same time.

  3. Kim, Anthony and Momamama- Thank you all for your very generous comments. I'd like to keep some of that painterly-ness while still finishing up some of the other areas. Its good to keep oneself challenged, I suppose.

    Also, now that I see these in a vertical orientation here on the blog, it has made me re-think how I would display this triptych. Originally, I had imagined the 8x10 in the middle, and two squares to either side, but perhaps it will work above and below as well... Hmm?

  4. wow! love these!

  5. Rahina you are such a great support. Thank you for your continual encouragement. Happy Painting!