I have been busy in the studio lately, playing with lots of color. Exploration has been my main focus, but sooner or later, whimsy always returns. In this piece, I began by layering the background with lots of vibrant pinks, oranges, and yellows. I really had no direction until I let it rest for a couple of days. Working in this way has been very therapeutic for me. I just let my intuition lead the way. There is something about sitting down and really listening to what your mind is telling you. Sometimes I work a background over several times before a direction calls to me. I like this; it creates the deep layers I am loving about my work right now.
I often struggle with naming my artwork. I mean really, I created the painting, now I have to name it too? This piece sat on my worktable over the weekend and I like to reflect upon it when it comes time to name it. I thought about it having something to do with the garden. Maybe that I am anxiously awaiting to be able to plant my winter garden. But then with the unfortunate passing of one of my favorite singers, I listened to the song, Wildflowers by Tom Petty and I knew that would be the title. I love the feel of the flowers, so colorful and fun. Exactly how I like to feel.