I used a new “medium” (the stuff we painters use to thin oil paints to make them the consistency we like) on this painting and loved the way the paint flowed on and how the daffodils emerged from the canvas. I “borrowed” it from a wonderful artist by the name of Carol Marine. It is two parts linseed oil, 1 part stand oil, and 1 part Gamsol (for you guys who want to know the details!) I am curious to see the surface appearance when it dries–how much of a sheen is retained. Now, enough of the art lesson and onto the real stars—Daffodils Extraordinaire. We had pretty cold weather here last week and I was really concerned I might not be able to corner any daffodils to paint. You know, spring can sneak past you at lightening speed–so many flowers, so little time–and daffodils are one of my favorites. So, I headed out to the flower people (Smit’s) and sure enough, the cold weather had foreshortened (also an art term, but not here….) the daffodils lives. However, with little feet still planted firmly in soil, one pot of daffodils survived in the cooler and were being sacrificed one at a time for fresh bouquets. And they were down to the last three. Needless to say, I WAS THRILLED. I confess, I have been on a bit of a binge since then. I felt I owed it to them (the daffodils). Three paintings later (I’ll post two tonight) and all is well…..
To reply to this post, email Dreama at: