Painting update

Paintings started: 3

When people ask me what I do, I’m answering less with “eating bread and playing scrabble” and more with a description of the art that I’m making.

So far I’ve started 3 paintings. Chrysanthemums, Peonies and a Frida Kahlo portrait.

The chrysanthemums I photographed at a good friend’s wedding (other people’s weddings have saved me a fortune in flower purchases). The underpainting is coming along slowly but surely- I will admit to ringing the friend whose wedding these flowers came from and cursing her for choosing something with so many petals, but, she had that coming, right?

The peonies are the most recent addition- they are one of my favourites to paint. The petals have such a buttery texture to them which make them difficult and satisfying to capture on canvas. I have just about finished blocking in the colours and it's starting to take shape:

Lastly the Frida portrait: This started as a painting for me, which was a novel Idea: I’ve never painted something with the intention of keeping it before. My mum has since rang and called “dibs” though. We’ll see how that plays out!