There's been a lot of discussion about Negative Space lately. So that's where I started with this year's Valentine's Day flowers from my husband.
I set aside two of the dozen, because....this is our 10th Anniversary together, and so I wanted to paint just ten roses.
I started with a pre-painted canvas. I usually just scrub the paint that's left in my palette onto a canvas. This canvas has been around awhile. And then just to complicate things, I decided to use a palette knife (which I'm not very proficient with) instead of brushes.
First I painted the background around the composition with white:
Then the black:
I really liked it.
I went for a walk, went out to lunch with my husband, came back and lost my mind. To heck with that palette knife - that was too difficult. So I pulled out some small brushes and 'painted'.
I hate it.
I should have stopped while I was ahead!
I left it for the day. Maybe I can fix it tomorrow.