Sunflowers in Found Crock, oil on linen panel, 8x8 in

Sunflowers in Found Crock, oil on linen panel, 8×8 in. Click image to enlarge.

I found this wonderful old crock set out on the curb, adorned with a “Free” sign so I carried it home for my “Found Stuff” painting series. One handle had broken off but the owner had thoughtfully placed the pieces inside and I glued it back together. I love the way the flowers are reflected and shadowed on the crock. The painting is available here. Below are photos of the work in progress.

It takes two to paint. One to paint, the other to stand by with an axe to kill him before he spoils it. William Merrit Chase 

My biggest painting goal is to stop what I call “unauthorized painting” — I finish part of a painting, like it and write my plan for that area: “Don’t touch it!” Later I decide to just do a little “touching up” and the next thing I know I am wishing for a “REWIND” button as I try to wipe off the “unauthorized” paint. Where’s the guy with the axe when I need him? I need to draw him, axe and all, and stick it on my easel!

If you’d like more details about each session’s goals, my thoughts, missteps and corrections, click Autumn Sunflowers and Found Crock (PDF) to open the chart. As promised in my last post, here is a Session Template (click to DOWNLOAD Word file), for anyone who would like to use or modify it to track their own work. I’ll also post it on my Resources Page.

 

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  1. Wonderful, Jana! I like that you rescued an old crock and gave it a new purpose. This is so evocative of Fall.

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    • Thanks Cynthia! We are barely into fall here–the leavings are falling but we’re still having mostly summery days. I hope that will end soon as we’re having a terrible drought. Jana

      On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 7:25 AM, Jana Bouc, Artist wrote:

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  2. Really nice Jana, I love how you captured the shadow shapes cast on the pot.

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    • Thanks Chris! I’m getting so much inspiration from your blog. Soon I’m going to start a painting of containers like you’re working on. Jana

      On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 8:04 AM, Jana Bouc, Artist wrote:

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  3. my favorite sunflowers apart from VAN GOGHsand EGON SCHIELE are yours,.
    Your painting cheers me upThank you for sharing your artistic sensibility

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    • Oh Victor, thank you so much–the kindest comment ever! I’ve struggled so mightily with sunflowers and I’m so happy to hear that you like them. I’ve never seen any by Schiele–looking it up right now. OMG!!! I LOVE THEM and his sunflower paintings touch me deeply. I see struggle in his too. Thank you a thousand times for sharing this inspiration with me! Now back to studying his paintings. I’ve always liked his work but am much more familiar with Van Gough. Jana

      On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 7:54 AM, Jana Bouc, Artist wrote:

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