Thursday, January 1, 2009

Vase with Cherry and Bougainvillia

1/1/09 Vase with Cherry and Bougainvillia
Oil on panel -- 5 x 4"

I think there are too many letters in "bougainvillia". Probably named by a Brit. :-)
I'm back to painting still-lifes again. I guess I'm in my red phase. I like designing with color, and related reds, like the middle-spectrum red maraschino cherry, almost but not quite on the warm end of the red spectrum, and the much cooler bougainvillia blossoms, magenta in hue, look really good together, in my opinion. That's an application of the fundamental principle of design: Unity with Diversity. The reds are in the same family, for unity, but they are different in temperature, for diversity. A wonderful principle. Plato understood and wrote about it around 400 BCE.
I plan to do two more miniature paintings by the end of January, maybe more. When I get up to speed ( if ever) , I should be able to paint one a week. That's what I'm shooting for.


Becky said...

I want to smell the flowers and admire the vase. You really are so very good. I wish I could buy ALL your work. I want to get this one, but can't just yet, if it's even for sale.

Bruce Hedges said...

Hi Becky -- thank you for your nice thoughts. This may be available for sale in the next month or so. I'm thinking of another painting similar to but different from this one, maybe even a third in a series using these components. These ideas may get postponed if I have a new idea I can't wait to paint. We'll see.