The second day of the oil still life workshop with Robert A. Johnson was all painting and no relaxing by watching the teacher do a long demo. I was better prepared than the previous day with my own vase and fabric. I wanted to paint something different from Friday so that I could learn as much as I could in three days, so I chose sunflowers, balancing them with a couple of daffodils and purple flowers whose name I can't remember.
Can you tell which flowers I had the most trouble with? It was the sunflowers. Robert said politely that they looked too "petally." Compare my sunflowers on top with his at the bottom. A careful observation of shapes, then decisive brushstrokes. No dubious handling of values, either. Look at how dark the center of his flower and shadows between petals are. Not that I am unhappy or upset with my painting. I am actually proud because I tried hard and did my best.
What pleases him the most about his painting career, Robert said, is that he can honestly say he is painting better than six months ago, that he is not so self-satisfied with his artwork that he will stop growing as a painter. This is from a master who has been painting for decades! I have a long way to go and am eager for my artistic journey.