The oil painting group I work with on Wednesdays had our holiday lunch today and exchanged small 8" x 8" paintings for christmas. It was a great way to get us working on something small and fun with oils.
I started out painting an Amaryllis but when it wasn't going too well I painted a still life of Cassia flowers from a shrub at the gallery courtyard just as a back up. The Amaryllis eventually came around and was taken in the exchange today. Both oils are pictured below.
The Amaryllis painting has a metallic gold background that I was trying out after looking at a lot of advertisments of a major Klimt show. I really didn't realize where that impetus came from until I looked back at some blogs I follow and saw all that gold in his work.
I stretched a 36" square canvas and then realized that I don't usually work in a square format. So.. I bought some 12" square linen panels to explore the square. It then turned into an obsession of painting these small flower portraits and I couldn't stop until all the linen panels in my possession were finished....
I still haven't started the large canvas but at least these are done (until I order more panels anyway)