Proteas – looking up to the master
An oil painting of proteas is always such a daunting task for me. Mainly because there’s a special South African palette knife artist, Yvette Beneke, who seemingly effortlessly creates gorgeous expressive flowers in her studio.
Painting still life – what I did in this painting of proteas
Painting still life, like tackling a painting of proteas should be as far as possible attempted in real life. Not a photograph of a still life setting. I know, I know. It can seem more time consuming and tricky as you’ll want to get the light just right, for the entire paint session in the studio. I tried painting my Veggie Surprise off photographs of the setting I arranged. It wasn’t as fulfilling as this oil painting of the proteas.
On my Instagram, I have posted a range of images of this painting, to show you how I developed the background. I didn’t want just an ordinary white or cream backdrop. I wanted to to get the wood in there, and show how the light hits the table. As much as it was helluva stressful as the wood behaved differently in parts of the light, I am happy with the result.
Proteas for you
These two Proteas, are for you.
When last did you take time out for yourself, or take 2 moments out to just be aware of all the beauty that surrounds you?
These two Proteas are your reminder to stop, breathe and take it all in. Look beyond all the fuss and unnecessary drama. Detach and let go.
Be like the paint and find yourself all over the place, but yet realize that wherever you find yourself- you add beauty. You add beauty, on purpose.
You are where you need to be.