These are two still life set ups that I composed for my classes. The assignment was to create two compositions that expressed different concepts and/or approaches.
These floral still life compositions can be approached with theses suggestions:
1. This has a more formal arrangement with geometric shapes, quiet meditative color, subject matter, and more serious concept. It was inspired by a documentary that I recently viewed, "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom", about the effect that both had on the people of Japan. I painted this in line and wash to express the clarity and gratitude that you would feel after an experience like this.
2. This one has a much more lighthearted concept: The simple joy of picking flowers from my garden and setting them in a marmalade jar in the window. The cheerful complementary colors, plain white cloth and simple jam jar communicate the idea of a moment of beauty and joy. It was painted simply and loosely wet on wet.
I am posting the reference photos now and will update with my watercolor paintings soon.