New Thoughts about Painting

Working on Zinnias

One of my favorite flowers to paint is a Zinnia. I have been working on canvas with a gold gesso ground. Everyone coming into the studio admired the varieties of fuchsias I have put in the flowers to the point they are all telling me they like it with just that. Of course it looks more like fabulous wallpaper now than art. I have been an advocate for strong stems and support for flowers. All this commentary put fear of completion into it. Then last week when I was getting my hair colored I saw an advertisement with a variety of pinks, reds-violets and a gold background with just a small area of green. I believe I can now live with enlarging the main flowers to balance the colors similarly. Here I go!