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Friday, July 17, 2009

Time Flies...


...when you are on a break from the blogosphere.


Has it really been 6 weeks?

As with art, one needs some time off from blogging in order to come back with recharged batteries. Or something.

But the good news is that in fact, I've been painting - and quite a bit. A new scene from Portugal is in the making. And a portrait that made me put the Portugal scene aside for a while. And a small flower I made for a friend who was hospitalized. And another portrait of a man whose photo I took last Saturday in an Art & Wine festival and just had to paint him. And...

So, the studio is active and messy, new ideas keep popping up in my mind, I've had a sleepless night with the adrenaline rushing through my (hmm... what does adrenaline rush through? veins? capillaries? Arteries?) followed by a merry night of trying to put what I had in mind to paper - quite exciting, actually.

I will post those once they all reach a finished stage.

Today I can share the little flower I made. By now, you may know that I do not paint flowers. However - a friend from our critique group had a medical emergency. Needless to say, sending flowers came up, but then WebbieM suggested a clever alternative: that instead, we each paint a little flower, as that won't have any issue of potential allergies; plus - they will keep longer. MembieK (whose name should now be changed to EmeritiK) took it a step farther out, suggesting we make a book-thingy from all the painted flowers. FergieJ created one and brought it to critique, where we all glued our little masterpieces into it and wrote something for our friend (who - I am happy to report, is back at home and very well, thank you for asking). This little painted flowery bouquet turned out a real beauty.

Now, if you've been paying attention, you may have noticed that my own name was not among those who came up with great ideas. That's due to the simple fact that I was busy wallowing in sheer terror...


OK - have I mentioned that I do not paint flowers?

Indeed, I was positively terrified: how can I paint a flower? but then again, how can I not be a part of this project that's all about friendship and support?

So, Wednesday night, just before the critique meeting, I got into my studio at 10:30pm, and - - - well, I have to admit: I had fun!

Still claiming my basic right to complain, I informed WebbieM that if I am ever in a hospital, I would like each and every one in the critique group to paint a portrait, just so they go through the same fear I felt.

I know, I know; one should look at everything within the big scheme of things, have the right perspective on life and possess a healthy sense of proportion... And yet: a flower!!!

Anyway, here it is. My second painted flower ever (at least in my adult life). It's tiny: 2.5" x 3.5". But hey, it's a flower.



14 comments:

Valerie said...

Hi, Florist:

Hey, it's almost worth getting sick if you get art like this! We'll soon have you forgetting all about this portrait stuff and starting a new floral career!!! Sure we will!!!

Val

Nava said...

Val, "forgetting all about this portrait stuff"?

While I try to overcome the state of shock you've just put me in, let me state this: Maybe when pigs fly or when flies pig, whichever comes last :-)

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

It is a LOVELY flower, Nava. Now you are on your way to becoming an old lady flower painter.

Nava said...

Bill, Thanks! I am in awe of your ability to always find the right words to make a girl feel good.

RHCarpenter said...

Well, it's delicious - vibrant, bold and not a sissy flower at all. I would love to get this instead of real flowers :) I'm glad when you got past the panic, you had fun.

Carol said...

I don't know why you don't paint flowers. Yours is beautiful!

And what a great idea your friends had.

Nava said...

Rhonda, I couldn't bring myself to paint a sissy flower. It just wouldn't be me,

Carol, I don't paint flowers for the same reason I don't paint landscapes: they simply don't get me all excited about capturing their essence as much as an interesting face or person does.

Holly Van Hart said...

Hi Nava. Glad to hear you're painting up a storm again. What a gorgeous flower! Holly

bonnieluria said...

So much for what you don't/can't/don't like to do.
That flower is vibrant and dandy and longer lasting than the throwaway bunches of hospital flowers.
The colors are so lively and I really like the looseness of floral interpretation.

You've been missed but clearly haven't missed anything yourself.

Dar Presto said...

Nava, I think I may be *cough cough* coming down with *cough* some terrible illness. Please paint another dazzling flower!

Here's hoping that all is well, and you've been busy in the studio.

Holly Van Hart said...

Hi Nava. Time's flying . . . how about showing us another painting?!!! Holly

Holly Van Hart said...

Hello . . . ?!

dragonwithin said...

It is an abstract form of a flower and a beautiful one at that. The bright yellow contrasting the dark blue background does not only focus the eye to it, but it also signifies hope. Just the kind of feeling that must be evoked in someone who is sick.

Holly Van Hart said...

Nava, It's been one year. Show us some more of your beautiful work! Holly