Monday, February 23, 2009

Anthropomorphic Flowers

About ten years ago, I visited the SF MOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) and discovered the picture Blossoms in the Night by Paul Klee, which I instantly fell in love with. There is something about the flowers, which look like they are cheerfully dancing in the moonlight, that appealed to me. I ended up sketching little anthropomorphic, dancing flowers for ages, after that - pansies and roses, all joyfully dancing in the garden. I was in love.

The other day, I pulled out one of the sketches from the Alice series I've been talking about for the last hundred million years (well, since August, but you know what I mean) and thought, "Hmmm... perhaps I'm ready to paint this now." I love and adore the human-like flowers surrounding Alice. They are quite intimidating, aren't they?

Poor Alice.

Here is a little sneak peek at what will most likely be my next watercolor painting. I'm still frightened of watercolors, but I'm not really seeing this one in colored pencil when I visualize it finished in my head. So watercolors it will be. Good thing I have a large stash of paper, because I might have to paint and repaint and repaint again, with this one.

For all you other dancing flower lovers out there, here are a few Etsy favorites of mine.

Poppy Orange
Fine Art Photograph
by Allie Art 4 Children
(15% of each purchase from this shop will go to Reach Out Children's Fund, a non-profit organization benefiting people in the remote areas of the Andes mountains of Peru.)

My Deep Purple Dream
Original Watercolor
by Karen Faulkner

Two Flowers
Original Mixed Media Collage
by Alisa Nordholt-Dean

Aren't they so lovely? Yup, I agree.



Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

lovely! I can't wait to see it in color. =D

New England Quilter said...

I love sneak peeks of works in progress! I bet that Alice turns out lovely. I hope that she doesn't have allergies ;)

Anonymous said...

Yes, lovely and story inspiring - I'm tellin' ya - I wanna know the story behind the contemplative chic surrounded by flowers!

Karen Faulkner said...

thanks for posting my flower, Marisa! Can't wait to see the finished painting.

Anonymous said...

Great finds, as usual!

Janna said...

Oh my goodness! Your sketch will look lovely in watercolor! I can't wait to see it when you're finished. Love all of the flowers you posted. On our recent trip to California, I took some lovely photos of brightly colored poppies. I was thinking at the time that they would be beautiful watercolored. I may be trying out watercolor via photoshop on them soon! LOL!! I'd love to actually watercolor them, but I just don't have the time.

Valorie said...

I love the Alice sketch! Can't wait to see her in color

Momma J said...

I can't wait to see Alice in color!

April said...

I can't wait to see Alice all finished! I think your watercolors are amazing!

Kathy Russo said...

I can't wait to see Alice in color. I can just imagine the beautiful use of color you always come up with.

Winklepots said...

Can't wait to see the Alice watercolor. They scare me too, but I'm going to try to take a class and learn how to do it.
Lovely flowers. :o)

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

I love that! I can't wait to see it after you paint it with water colors. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Cute Marisa!
Everything looks lovely! I can't wait to see what else is inspiring you! I hope you and your girls are doing well! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Oh Mandie said...

About 8 years ago I went to the NY MOMA and got to see ThePersistence of Memory from Dali and was absolutely amazed ... and then I got screamed at by a guard for taking a picture of it... ooops!

I can't wait to see how your watercolor painting comes out, although when it comes to art you have the midas touch, so I'm sure you can do no wrong ♥

Karen Faulkner said...

p.s. tagged you in my "Spreading the Love" post today

Valerie said...

i sent you an award!!

Diane Duda said...

Beautiful flowers and you Alice has such a sweet face.
Can't wait to see the finished product. :)

idyll hands said...

Everyday the blog world shows me more and more beautiful things on Etsy. Love all of these prints :)

Anonymous said...

What a great drawing! YES do it in watercolor. It's exciting to stretch yourself, isn't it?


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