In case anyone didn't notice, I have been posting slightly more often this week.
In all honesty I always had in mind to post daily on my blog but sometimes life gets in the way! Anyway, now that I have joined the amazing artists at Daily Paintworks, striving to complete a painting every day (or so) :), it gets a little more important to keep up the blog. Only time will tell what tidbits of inspiration or snapshots of my artistic existence make their way in here!
For those who have been familiar with my work before now, it will not be news to hear that I love painting flowers. Today's painting, done with palette knives and heavy texture explores some of the exuberant extremes of brightness...
The name of the painting references literary origins, namely London's Mermaid Tavern, reputedly the scene of an Elizabethan era drinking club which included many leading writers of the time. The club was called the "Fraternity of Sireniacal Gentlemen" and has sometimes been speculated to have included William Shakespeare himself, a nice story, even if considered doubtful.
Although (perchance) the Shakespeare of the Daily Paintworks has yet to be discovered, there does seem a parallel with this group of artists who meet regularly and the patrons of the Mermaid Tavern.
"...Have ye tippled drink more fine Than mine host's Canary wine? Or are fruits of Paradise Sweeter than those dainty pies..."