March 2009 – Acrylic on canvas, 40cm x 60cm
This painting started out as something I was going to do very rapidly in one session before I had to go out! I did actually get the essentials established pretty quickly, but then I decided I would push it further after all.
Part of the interest for me has been to explore how far you can take something before it ends up seeming sentimental.
Inevitably some people would think just looking at a flower is sentimental! I don’t take that view though; I think it’s the approach that counts, although I would say that certain subjects run a higher risk than others of falling into clichés. And this is probably one of them!
Something done either rapidly or very simply, seems to me to be easier to keep fresh. That’s why I thought I’d approach it very spontaneously. But after doing the initial work, I began to feel that maybe I was just playing safe & should take the risk!
I should just add, before anyone thinks I was picking wild primroses, that they come from my garden! In fact I got the plants from what used to be a garden & is now covered by 4 storeys of concrete.