Short story about the process or inspiration Every spring, red poppies bloom in my front garden. I am always amazed by their elegant shape and bright vermilion and carmine colors. They are also very fragile. I kept having to replace the flowers during the course of the days that it took me to finish the painting. Due their fragility their petals kept falling. I also love to paint transparencies and reflections. I thought, "that a row of interesting glass containers and red brilliant poppies will make a beautiful composition". Being ourselves more transparent as people makes us more fragile and susceptible too, don’t you think?
" Complementary Beauty" Oil on canvas- 12’’x36”
Complementary colors are pairs of colors which are diametrically opposed on the color wheel, a good example of this is the use of red and green in “Complementary Beauty”. When placed next to each other, they create a strong visual vibration.
This color scheme must be managed well so it is not overly bold. It is important to note that another property complementary colors have is that they neutralize each other when blended together. The use of neutral, earthy browns in this painting is result of the combination of the red and green in different degrees. This helps the eye to rest on those areas and create a great harmony within the painting.
Acrylic on Canvas 12”x 42”
Still life, especially flowers, is one of my favorite subject matters. I think that elements of design are best depicted by nature through flowers. They show us a great variety of shapes, textures, tones and amazing colors. I even let flowers dry and use them for my artwork compositions. I love the essence that they leave behind, they are is as beautiful as they were in their prime. But this time I wanted to add something more, my intention was to express my mood while painting, just “filling” those boxes with sentiments and tagging at them subtly. I expect to catch the viewer and go through the canvas finding the “feelings” trapped in each box, while also thinking what is in their box at that moment. What‘s in your box?
Creative process I started arranging boxes on a high shelf in my studio. I painted the boxes with monochromatic colors and preserved the bright colors for those beautiful roses, which I painted first since their beauty would have faded soon. I like how the light plays with the different box faces and the rose petals.