Today's Five Minute Painting is A Vase of Roses with an unfinished branch of flowers spilling over the top of the vase.
I didn't mention in my last post that one of the reasons for doing these little paintings and allowing so little time for them (although I might spend more than five minutes and if I do, I will let you know how long I did spend) is to work on eliminating perfectionism from my artwork, just as I am very much trying to eliminate it in every aspect of my life. At one time I viewed it as an asset but now I consider it more of a hindrance and an impediment to accomplishment. In painting, it can cause an artist to overwork and destroy the artistic value of a subject (unless perhaps,one is going for photo-realism. In life, it can cause unnecessary delays and unrealistic expectations for ourselves. None is perfect. So, why should we try to be? That does not mean that I do not want to pursue high standards because I do, it simply means that I want to create some boundaries and know when to stop.
I am happy with this little painting. It is approximately 4"x 9" and was painted with watercolor on Ribbon-Tie Card. I purchased the stock at Staples about five years ago and thought this would be a fun size. I am also trying to use my imagination more in my painting so I did not have a subject in front of me.I find it interesting to take a closer look at the brush strokes in these little paintings. The rose on the bottom right of the bouquet appears fairly well defined in the work as a whole but when I crop to show the detail of that rose, you can see the center of the rose is a good bit too far to the right, just missing the mark.These are all learning exercises to improve my work.
I liked my little painting well enough to make it into a card for a friend.
Hope you have a great evening...until tomorrow.