I used to paint flowers this way. I got some from the yard or bought them at the store. I put them in a vase. And I painted them. It was very straightforward. After a bit, the flowers had all changed positions (they move around a lot more than one would think), and since I didn’t know how to paint something unless I was looking at it (that’s still essentially true), I had to be firm in deciding what I was doing.
Once the flowers or their shadows and colors have moved around enough to confuse my composition, I had to call the picture “finished.” Since speed was the skill I needed, I learned to see and decide quickly. My technique was all about finding a visual shorthand for whatever aspect my idea I wanted.
The paintings varied, they looked different, because I deliberately tried different things. Different colors, sizes…
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