Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sakura - Japanese Flowering Cherry
Sakura is translated into "Japanese Flowering Cherry." This particular variety has blossoms that look like puff balls and are salt-pickled to make a tea used at weddings and festival events. I loved painting the pink flowers and saw the perfect companion item for this still life displayed right there in my living room.
My desire to keep the brushwork loose and the shapes and details simpler was realized in this piece. I really like the result and hope to be able to continue this approach. It has been a struggle of mine since the beginning of my return to painting three years ago to see shapes and not objects and has been a long time coming. The illustrator in me has refused to die easily and continues to surface time and time again. This time she was held at bay. Yeah!!!!
My computer's hard drive died a week and a half ago!!!! Yikes. I didn't have the software to cause automatic backups and nothing had been saved to my secondary hard drive since November 30, '09. When in the shop I learned that my files of the last 3 and half months were lost forever. I think I learned my lesson - the hard way. My computer was repaired, but at eight years old and the screen turning yellow I'm shopping for a "new" used Mac. This is not good at tax time, not even imagining what a tax REFUND is. You self employed people out there know what I mean!