Free, flowing, flowery fun

A favorite YouTube video that I discovered last fall at the beginning of my creative journey is from Joanne Boon Thomas. In the video, Joanne shares her impressionistic, loose style as she paints poppies. I’ve tried a couple of times to paint poppies the way Joanne does, and I enjoyed it. This time though, I decided to take what I’ve learned from watching Joanne, and paint the flowers in a way that feels right to me.

“Poppies Standing Tall” 5×7″

I wanted to convey a feeling of light, of freedom, of the wind through the field flowing through my hand and my spirit as I painted. If I’ve succeeded in bringing light into your day today, then I’ll consider that I’ve accomplished something as an artist this time out. And I’ll hope for further expressions of this same kind of joy and freedom in future explorations of this delightful medium that I’ve grown to love so much.

Happy Saturday, and may you find time today for something that gives you the same feeling. Peace and light.

42 thoughts on “Free, flowing, flowery fun

  1. Laura this may be my fave so far! I’ve done that Joanne Boone also. In fact did it at the beach this week. Love her style! But here you took what you learned and made it true Laura style. I feel you on this one great job!

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    1. Thanks Jodi! I look at it in the morning and think it could use a punch up in the colors, and definitely some splatter! And even more light. Anyway, onward! I can always add to it. I’m glad you did Joanne’s tutorial. Did you shake your board?! She is so great. ๐Ÿ’œ

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        1. Awesome!!! Do you love her??? She has one on sunflowers that is so cool, it’s been shouting your name since I first saw it. Her style is the same in whatever she does, and boy do I want to find mine. I do want to be realistic but not pinned to fine details….but yet I’d like to do detail work too, just to try it out (when I have more skill, obv.) Anyway, just wondering and wandering in my mind, as thinking about Joanne’s paintings always do! Did you enjoy her methods?? Seems it would be right up your alley!

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      1. I’m quite fond of splatters to add vibrancy ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m looking back at some of my paintings now and wanting to adjust/play around with them. I’m not sure if to leave them be and move onto something new or see if they can be improved!

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