Michele Clamp Art

daisies

Daisies after a break.

flowersMichele ClampComment

Daisies

There's a phrase 'It never gets easier, you just get better'.     This definitely applies to painting and, after a week's break,  I'm not convinced about the better.    This is a small 5x7 which is much smaller than I'm used to and you'd think would be easier.  However smaller has it's own challenges.   Less room for mistakes for one.  Each mark *really* has to count and stands out if it doesn't.   

It was interesting doing the close crop and filling in the whole space for once.  I'm keen on leaving quite a lot of white space around subjects so this was a departure.   It was quite liberating.  The background became more abstract (even though it's obviously stalks and leaves and things) and provided a contrast to bring the flowers into relief.

So as usual it was a struggle but a worthwhile struggle.   I like this very much and will likely do some more.

75.00

5"x7"/8"x10" matted.

Add To Cart

Flowers and Flowers - Day 1 of 30 of 30

Michele Clamp2 Comments
Daisies in Vase

Daisies in Vase

After being released temporarily from birds I thought I’d tackle flowers for a bit.   The Post Road Art submission of roses and lilies went ok but there was definitely room for loosening up a bit and not being so literal.      The daisies above came out pretty well.   It’s tricky painting white flowers against a white background - you have to define the petals with very subtle shades of grey.   The dark foliage is almost as important and the dark spots in between the flowers make the flowers appear almost by magic.   Not perfect but pretty happy with this. 

Edit:  This is my first submission to Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  Always great fun this and. as well as sharpening up the painting skills,  I get to see old and new friends' work.

Daisies
250.00
Add To Cart
IMG_1974.JPG

This one was finished yesterday.   The composition is stronger but the execution lacks finesse.   This is trial and error time so nothing to be ashamed of. 

Flowers - 30 in 30 day 4

Michele Clamp2 Comments

Making sure I have a couple in the bag for the 30 in 30.   Daisies and tulips - my favorites.