In anticipation of the coloring book class I will be teaching in July, I am sometimes doing a more linear kind of painting
than I usually do. This particular flower painting will also be a composite. The flowers will have never existed together. The vase is one I’ve never owned, and the first full version of the image is something that I am assembling on a large sheet of paper that will serve as the cartoon for the painting. Only when that drawing is complete will I even have a clear idea what I’ll be painting. Right now, it’s casting call time. I search for flowers for the major and minor roles in the picture.
Thus I am gathering flowers. Don’t other flower painters do that? They perhaps go to the florist, or to their gardens, or out to a field and gather the blooms to arrange in the vase.
Me, I raid art history books for flowers to steal, though I may also toss in a few flowers from life as well … In any case most of my flowers will have bloomed hundreds of years ago.
These are some early candidates. The rehearsals won’t begin for a while. The flowers haven’t even read their lines. This is just the beginning.