It amazes me to see what one can do with 80 square inches of linen. Six roses! Isn't the painting luscious, if I may say so? I used to do lots of flower paintings in watercolor. As I moved away from this not-so-forgiving medium, exploring more opaque medium of oil, I embraced landscape with enthusiasm. I love to paint landscapes, especially en plein air, which I didn't really enjoy as a watercolorist. But, you know, something strange has been happening lately.
I stopped teaching (history at a college, if you are not familiar with my story), and am now painting full time, everyday and happily, if you want to know. My audience is eBay. For three months I floundered, trying to figure out what attracts eBay fine art buyers. Gradually I find myself reaching to my old bag of tricks, something I do well, or better than other subjects --flowers. Why haven't I thought of that? I inherited my love of flowers and gardening from my parents. When I lived in a high-rise apartment, I used to have a patio filled with flowers in containers.
It all goes back to the old adage in the art business. Paint something you really love. I am anxious to see how much "Yellow and Peach Roses" will go for on eBay. Wish me luck!