Paintings: apple blossoms
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Our third painting brought us up to the flower itself. We washed the whole page with yellow and then took away color to make a figure 8, a lemniscate. We walked the lemniscate on our classroom floor and discovered that if you hold out your arm, on one half of the form your arm is waving outside and on the other half it is inside the form! This gave us an experience of out and in and so we painted one part of our figure 8 with blue to make a green bud, tight and round with inwardness. The other half opened out into the air so again bringing down a bit of dark red we gave shape to the bright, light, expanding flower petals. We added sepals, stamens and pollen anthers. We had painted an apple blossom swelling with new fruit and loosing its leaves, but it could have been a rose for we learned that both belong to the same family and are organized around the number 5.