Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sunflower Zen

2011.12.03 — Sunflower Zen, mixed media on Arches 140# cp paper, 16x12 inches unframed.

Sunflower Zen

In my quest for a simpler life, I looked around my studio knowing I need to de-clutter. When I am working on a project, I tend to focus on the painting to the point of ignoring my surroundings. My life outside the studio has been full and busy over the past several months, and when I finally took a look at the studio clutter, the folding table out of place, the paintings wrapped and priced to sell and the many greeting cards made for the East Texas art festival I didn't get to attend, I realized I need to bring some order to the studio as well as to my life, if at all possible. After moving the folding table back into the closet to serve as the art packaging center it was meant to be, I continued my survey of the studio.

Sunflower Zen • mixed media 16x12 inches
© Vernita Bridges Hoyt 2011
On the drawing board were a couple of unfinished watercolors. That would be a place to start—to complete just one of them. I began with the sunflower sketch and developed a center of focus leaving all other parts of this painting simple.

In my stillness, I revert back to the warm cadmium yellows and oranges of the sunflower, the softness of green tints on the leaves and stem and the wavy line of an ink pen.