I'll never forget the first time I saw a Georgia O'Keeffe painting. I felt like someone had brought me deep into a world I'd never seen and I fell instantly in love with it. It's like discovering the world beneath the sea in a way. If you aren't familiar with her work, here is one of my favorites by O'Keeffe, Red Poppy:
You know by now that I'm always trying new things because I get bored if I don't. I always circle back though and whatever I'm learning informs what I do going forward. There is so much inspiration out there. The best way I know to learn how to create what you love is to notice what you are drawn to, what you are emotionally moved by - from a color and style perspective and go toward that. Paying attention to what makes your heart go pitter-patter is the pathway to growing artistically in my humble opinion.
So, in the last few weeks, inspired by this visionary woman and the blooms themselves, I've gone big and deep into some blooms. The first one is a single Zinnia, the next one is a cluster of Jungle Geranium (both available as prints in the shop).
The last three are sneak peeks of parts of a Cherry blossom and Hellebores bouquet that I arranged, photographed, and am now in the process of painting in a stylized way. It's a big project so it's taking some time but I'm excited about it.