This still life has three quintessential spring flowers; two of them--hyacinth and lilac--are fragrant and all three are my favorite flowers. I have tried still life in watercolor in the past, but have found it difficult. Sometimes I would set up floral arrangements, stare at them for a while and give up even without trying. Especially, with the flowers with many florets like hyacinth, lilac, and hydrangea, it seemed too daunting.
So I was being very brave when I sat down to paint "From Spring Garden." As somebody said, die trying. And I never heard of anybody dying while painting some flowers. Guess what! It wasn't that hard to paint either lilac or hyacinth. I guess it's because oil is a forgiving medium and, as long as the paints are still wet, you can manipulate them to suggest the gesture and characteristics of different flowers.
Another concern that I had about floral still life was "what happens if the flowers die on me before I am done?". Although it took two sessions to finish the painting above on two consecutive days, none of the flowers changed too drastically to force me to abandon the project. I am very much encouraged with my new-found passion of still life painting and am going to go shopping for more fabrics. Did I tell you that I sew sometimes and love to go to fabric stores? My art just gave me a good excuse!