30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 5

30 in 30 challenge beverly gurganus Day 5 flowers from the studio home decor oil paintings palette knife plant lovers tea cup

I am so excited to share my Day 5 painting with you all because after struggling the past couple days with the palette knife, I feel like I finally have a painting worthy of sharing. 

Day 5

Floral Tea 8x10 oil on canvas sheet

You guys, I really needed this day.  I'm feeling encouraged like, "Hey, maybe I can do this."  I decided to take a different approach with today's painting, and I put together a still life that had more going on than just a close up of tulips.  This is what I needed to help me get my focus off of the small details and onto the painting as a whole.

I did a lot of squinting (I may or may not still be squinting, haha) and focusing on shape and values.  I didn't worry about every petal of the flowers or vein in the leaves.  It felt so free, and in return I have a loose painterly still life that I'm pretty happy with. 

Ahhh...I can't wait for tomorrow!


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