I set this still life up with just the brushes in the jar, it seemed boring so I added the pansy and it became the star of the painting. Sometimes setting up a still life comes easy and sometimes not. Just like life. God is my teacher, counselor and loves me no matter what, and it's all free.
When I set this still life up and directed the light on the subjects the bottle just lit up and a wonderful cast shadow from the cup caused the light to look even stronger. The liquid in the bottle put a nice reflection on the book. Just looking at painting tools, paint and a blank canvas brings me to want to create.
I stood with my camera, waiting and waiting for a bird to land close by so I could get a photo of it. Finally this black cap perched on this twig for about two seconds and then was gone. They are so fast and don't sit still for very long. I was surprised that I was able to get a good enough shot. I have a flower stand on my deck and a black cap built a nest in it. There are now three eggs, I walk by it and she doesn't seem to mind. I am going to worry about it till the babies hatch and are on their own.
What inspired me to paint this piece was the light and shadow hitting the house. When I know I am finished is when I feel that I am in the painting. I can feel the warmth of the sun or the birds singing or the scent of the flowers.
I saw this bottle of lavender lotion on my sink. I searched the house to see what I could put with it and found lavender sprigs and some lavender soap. I also added the washcloth to lay some of the lavender on it. The still life just fell together, I couldn't wait to get to my easel and start painting it. The scent of lavender is so soothing. Thank you God for all that you give us.