Last time I wrote about having to forego painting plein air landscapes from the open deck of our river ship. Even before we had to substitute coach travel for the more comfortable and leisurely vessel, rain was still a factor with which we were forced to contend. So not all the sketches I painted on what I’ve come to think of as the “Surf and Turf Cruise” this spring were of passing scenery.
One rainy day I snuggled into a cozy chair and studied one of the lovely flower arrangements that graced the almost deserted lounge. I didn’t recognize what variety of blossom was used, but I enjoyed the form and the delicate color, and I’m glad I was able to capture its graceful drape out of the upstanding foliage.
I allowed the delicate pinks of the blossom to flow wet in wet across the surface of each petal. Negative painting allowed me to shape the leaves around the pale lines of the heavy veins. And I chose to leave the background undeveloped, allowing the simple, single stem and flower to say everything that was needed to illustrate and remind me of the entire decorative arrangement.
If anyone recognizes what type of flower this is, I’d love to hear from you.