I’ve been shuffling a growing stack of reject paintings around. I accidentally picked up a couple pads of student grade watercolor paper awhile back and found it unacceptable for finished work, so now I mostly use it for warm ups and experiments. Recently I’ve been organizing and streamlining the studio while waiting for washes to dry. One night, I impulsively chopped a few paintings into greeting card size then added simple entwining vines, leaves, and a heart. Tangles of vines remind me of celtic knots, I’ve incorporated them in a few paintings in recent years, its a painter version of a puzzle of maintaining a form while twisting and overlapping. For this, I wanted to give balance between the two vines, while one might encircle the other, they aren’t strangling each other, they are supporting.
Some of the old paintings were too dark to add to, so I experimented with some poppies (a new still life choice for me), cut them out, and added a stem.
It was refreshing to jump into a painting that already didn’t feel precious. It was salvage or the wastebasket and I enjoyed the process. After one long evening of painting, I had 14 original cards and I’m ready to tackle painting a vase of poppies.