Saturday morning means home-baked chocolate croissants (even if they are frozen from Trader Joe's) and a trip to the Burbank Farmer's Market. There is always the Skyline Farms flower vendor, with plenty of beauties from quirky ranunculus to this week's BrainFlower, Celosia cristata, or Cock's Comb. They also had some incredible big and fragrant backyard roses for just a buck a stem. But I also made a stop to my favorite guy (who will remain sadly nameless because my phone was dead and I have a sieve for a memory) who packs beautiful proteas, eucalyptus and whatever else is blooming (birds of paradise & hydrangeas today) along with his fruits & veg.
I've been doing some floral still life off and on for a few years, and am now going at it more recently as an exercise in keeping loose. I like to balance the cool aloofness of lazily jotting down the lines of the flowers and adding notes of colors. A suggestion of their personality together with a little bit of designed quality of a translation, and I get some pretty satisfying little areas of the paintings that are becoming more popular the more I make. Can't wait to attack this huge bunch of pretties this weekend!
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