Friday, 19 June 2015

tea rose

This one makes me smile. A departure from my realism birds, I wanted this painting to have a floaty, dreamy, Asian influenced feel. I've long admired Japanese brush, stylized historical watercolours. My tubes are still on a shelf unopened, but I played with high flow acrylics in a similar fashion. Technically, my only challenge was composition. The crow being focal point, while surrounded by strong-ish blooms, was a balancing act. The happiest point of the experiment? Flecks of copper foil, gently and sparsely placed. The intention was the addition of light and shimmer, minus the look of bling and distraction. 

Finished, "tea rose" reminds me of a poem, read to a beloved on a summer morn. Ah, romance is in the air!