11" x 11" - acrylic and pastel on canvas paper - $30
I tried to work the brush marks in this little painting, wanting them to just stand up and be more visible, and then added soft pastel lines on top of that for a little more expression. I really like the result, and have to say that the painting 'in life' is much richer in terms of colour and depth than what the camera (and photographer) was able to capture, unfortunately.
This is a view I have loved over many years, usually seen from our little boat as we travel to our cottage by water. The small island has been owned by the same family for over 50 years. I have painted this view before but I think this is the most successful yet.
I have wanted to paint a garden of holly hocks for some time. I love the way their stems stand up straight and tall, with the flowers and buds forming in vertical rows. That is how this composition and painting started out, with some very stylized flower heads in vertical rows, looking like holly hocks, drawn on a black ground (for some added colour depth).
As for the title, well that's just what it feels like to me - a carpet of flowers. It's day 16 in the Challenge.