Fun floral paintings fingered breaking old habits

A Riot of Flowers - Whimsy II - is a contemporary painting by Christine Goldbeck

A Riot of Flowers – Whimsy II

Not all paintings must be serious. Not all paintings should be serious. My new series is anything BUT serious. Seriously!

I used my fingers to make the first four paintings in “Whimsy: A Riot of Flowers,” which are installed  in Studio 104 at The Millworks. Through the 2015 holiday season, this series will be part of the “Giving Back” sale opportunity. Also, they will be available for sale through the online gallery at this website. Whimsy II is the largest at 48 by 36. Whimsy III is 40 by 30. Whimsy I and IV are 16 by 20. All are acrylic on canvas.

A Riot of Flowers - Whimsy I - is a contemporary floral painting by Christine Goldbeck

A Riot of Flowers – Whimsy I

This kind of work is playtime for a grown-up combined with experimentation and with breaking away from artistic muscle memory.  What I mean by muscle memory is that artists get caught up in the same old, same way of doing things, even when we are trying not to do so. So, using new tools and techniques is a way to break ingrained habits (artistic muscle memory).

A Riot of Flowers - Whimsy IV - a contemporary floral painting by Christine Goldbeck

A Riot of Flowers – Whimsy IV

So, with these, I used both hands to paint the flowers and leaves and I did a lot of controlled dripping to make the stems. Only near the end of each painting did I do a little brushwork for what we call “resolve,” wherein an artist brings a whole painting into a cohesive piece. Then, I carried the motif of each painting to the sides of the paintings.

There are four completed and two more under way. I think I shall keep working them in various sizes and colors through the short days of winter.

A Riot of Flowers - Whimsy III - is a contemporary floral painting by Christine Goldbeck

A Riot of Flowers – Whimsy III