It seems as if I'm falling more and more in love with nasturtiums.
I know, I know... how many times do I really need to say how lovely they are. How cheerful, how JOYful, how colorful.
These Milkmaid Nasturtiums are delightful. I made a rebel bouquet of them and some Incense Peach Sweet Peas this week.
Why is it a rebel bouquet, you might be asking. Pink and pale yellow aren't really September colors, are they? They're not end of summer colors. They're spring and early summer colors. That's me. Living on the wild side.
Nasturtiums do end of summer very well.
Their colors verge on autumnal.
There are so many different colors and varieties. Last year I just painted orange ones. This year I wanted to paint a bouquet to celebrate all the different colors and shapes.
While I was working on this, I realized that painting this would have scared me to death two years ago. Maybe even a year ago. Too many overlapping bits. The more I paint, the more comfortable I feel challenging myself with more complicated compositions. It feels good.
It feels good, too, to get obsessed with a subject.
It had been a while since I'd done any linocutting and I realized that I missed it. I imagine doing a mirror image block and printing them together. And I really wanted to try printing white on black, but I have no white block printing ink.
My attempt to use paint instead of ink failed miserably for a number of reasons and yet, I still kind of like it.
I've been playing around with another type of art to create yet more nasturtiums. I was hoping to have finished more to show, but I'm still not happy with the bits I've been working on. They need more work. For now I'll just share the beginnings of my experimentation:
a very simple repeat pattern done in Illustrator. Such a learning curve. Frustrating and fun at the same time.
I was not in the groove with today's painting. My first inclination was to do another nasturtium, but I wouldn't let myself and chose to paint sweet peas instead.
Maybe that's a lesson to go with my first inclination? Or maybe I need to take away the fact that it's ok to have bad days.
I hope you're having a good one!