This is a prompt painting. A what?
I belong to a private Facebook page where we do prompt paintings. One person will start with the first prompt, then others follow.
In this prompt painting, the first prompt was make your first layer with your three favorite colors, leaving white.
I used a deep red, a light pink and a yellow-green.
At this point, I came up with a dynamite name, Little Girl Pink and Big Girl Red.
Then the next prompt was to divide the canvas into thirds and add letters and numbers to 1/3.
Then a woman suggested that we paint a Georgia O’Keeffe-like flower in 1/3 of the painting. Wow. That was a challenge for me. Paint like Georgia O’Keeffe? I had never really even painted a flower.
I started practicing flowers and quickly became frustrated. I have a friend who paints only flowers and does so digitally. So I emailed her for help. She was so generous. She sent me over 20 brushes for Painter that she uses to do her flowers.
So I played with those.
But finally, I had to just paint the flower. So I did.
The next prompt was to add cool colors (blue, green, purple) and some black.
Then I chimed in with add white.
But at this point, I was so worried about what I was going to do with this flower that had overtaken my painting.
So I chimed in again, as no one was adding another prompt. I suggested we paint with transparent paints on the canvas. I figured that would help to deal with this huge flower.
There were still several prompts to go. We do eleven for each painting.
But I stopped. I decided I really liked this flower the way it was.
The only problem I had was that there was no longer much red or pink and my totally cool name for this piece would have to go. I’m going to save it for another painting.
So, I present you with Georgia’s Flower, which I had so much fun painting.