Hello Everyone. I'm back. I did not mean to take a summer blogging break, but things have been a little crazy. I'm in the middle of four paintings. I had not meant to start so many, but a big batch of sunflowers and a lovely model changed things up.
Here in New York the temps have been in the 90's this week, but last week the weather was perfect so I took a ride out to the East End of Long Island. We stopped in Sag Harbor first, just to take a look around. It is lovely there. Just walking around town there were beautiful flowers in bloom, boats, nice restaurants and lovely, old homes.
I love this old sign hanging in front of the Sag Harbor Pharmacy.
Near the dock and boats, we found a bunch of beautiful swans and ducks. They did not seem to care that a bunch of people were there taking photos. They just went on with sleeping, fishing, and swimming around.
On the way back to the city, I came upon a great farm stand and they were selling enormous bunches of sunflowers for $10.00! You know I got one for myself and started painting it the very next day.
I have to admit, this painting was not going well at all. The sunflower right out front was making me crazy. I just could not get it right. I started thinking that no wonder Van Gogh had issues. It was not epilepsy. It was not syphilis. It was the sunflowers that caused him to have a stay in the sanitarium! I knew at that point the painting had to change, so I moved the vase around until the set up seemed like it would work better and once I did that the painting began to flow.
This is where I left off last weekend. I was determined to get the flowers done before they faded, but the rest of the painting is on hold for a bit as I had the opportunity to paint one of my favorite models last week and will be doing so again this week. I will be going back to this painting and the others that are in progress soon. I am determined to get them all finished in the next few weeks.
While on the East End I did something very exciting, but that event is getting it's own post. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!