More than just pictures of flowers

Occasionally I hear this sort of remark about realistic art, “It’s a vase of flowers that looks real…they could have just taken a photo of it.”
I could have taken a photo and framed it. But, I didn’t and I don’t. I do use photos as reference for artwork. But, each new piece is a journey; in selecting the image I want to create based on my vision, in preparation, in execution, etc.

Flowers are an incredible source of inspiration to many artists. Each bloom is a tiny universe unto itself, alive with color and depth. When I am recreating them on paper, I strive to add luminosity and clarity. And, I want the viewer to look deeper into this world I’ve discovered.
My dad was a big fan of my work. He used to carry photos of my drawings with him and tell people, “can you believe this is colored pencil?”. As I was working on this piece, “My father’s Light” he passed away of congestive heart failure. After the funeral was over and we came home, I threw myself into finishing it. For 3 weeks I drew feverishly until the final line had been drawn, I broke down completely and cried for days.

It was truly then I realized as I looked at my artwork, that in choosing heirloom china or other pieces to complement the flowers, I had selected items with a history, they meant something to me. Even the gold sugar bowl in this painting was from my father’s mother, whom I never knew. It was one of those pieces that stayed in the cabinet, away from childish curiosity. Memories are a powerful thing.
Drawing realistically is more than being a human copy machine. So much emotion goes into each finished artwork. It might not be a “statement” piece, but it is a tale of the heart nonetheless.

If you have enjoyed “My father’s Light” and are interested in purchasing a reproduction, kindly visit my shop. If you are interested in purchasing the original framed artwork, please contact me.

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2 Responses to More than just pictures of flowers

  1. Joyce Ward August 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Sue, Your work is extraordinary. I was at my sister’s in NY last weekend and hanging in her kitchen is the beautiful basket with berries picture we purchased at the Xmas fair from you. It looks great.

    I still can’t believe that your work is done with colored pencils. Really amazing.
    Like your site.

  2. STP August 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Thank you, Joyce! I am so pleased 🙂

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