Some of you who check into my blog or Facebook page every so often to see what the "flower of the hour" is that I am painting, might be thinking right about now that you have gotten onto the wrong blog. My subject matter this week is not what you probably expect from me - although I did manage to get some flowers in there - ha! Not to worry, I am not entering a mid life goth period in which I am suddenly fascinated with death. But you might see a few more tombstones pop up on my site over the next few months. Let me explain.
I belong to an incredible group of artists in the Cedar Rapids area called Creative Artists. One of the awesome things we do is to hold an annual show called "Repeat, Repeat, Repeat", in which we are all given a black and white 8 1/2x11 photo and are given the opportunity to interpret it in our own way, in our own medium. It is a fantastic show with approximately thirty very different interpretations of the same subject.
This year the photo is of a graveyard. At first I wasn't quite sure how I felt about that. Not really my cup of tea, if you will. But then I started mulling over some ideas of how I would interpret it. I firmly believe every artist paints from their own unique perspective on the world. I am trying to take this topic, that I would usually not be inclined to paint, and apply my perspective on it. The show will be in May - more details on that as the time gets closer, for those of you living in my area. Until then I will be doing quite a few of these small studies to get ready for the final painting.
I would love to hear from some of my readers - when you see this subject in a painting, what is a phrase that comes to your mind, or even better yet, a title? Email me or leave a comment. Looking forward to hearing your input.