Almost a year ago I began working on this cartoon for a painting. I don’t recall what prompted it. I carried it with me when my daughter was taking a class somewhere, and I worked on it inside an empty art classroom while I waited. It was my portable project.
I had plans for painting it that I still have not as yet realized. But the idea has stuck with me. It’s one of several thoughts I have about future flower paintings. Now it seems almost fortuitous that I waited since the Frederick Bazille exhibit at the National Gallery of Art includes several large paintings of flowers.
I can begin my picture while I have all these exemplary models near by. Also, you see, being in the midst of the Big Tidy Campaign of 2017, one becomes nostalgic. In fact I discovered that a year had passed after finding, while I was cleaning, an old notebook from a year ago where I had been recording the ideas.
I blogged about it too. Somewhere I have a bunch of related drawings. These reproductions will probably be easier to locate than the originals — even now — even as I sort through stuff.