Caroline Henry Art Blog
Creamy white callas reflect the purples and greens of the sweet-scented lilacs and leaves below and around them. Stems in the clear galss vase show through in greens and yellows. A blue black background gives the still life punch. The white stand beneath the vase is alive with reflected color. This work is painted in oils on canvas board.
What I like most about this painting is my vase in which the water reflects the darkness of the wall and the stems are suggested within the optic distortion of rounded and slightly lumpy glass. The wall behind is vase was actually a rather ugly mid-tone blue, which reflected fairly darkly in the glass. The color was a poor compliment to the lilacs, and I felt darkening it made the painting much more interesting. There is such pleasure in seeing and painting reflected light. One of the joys of painting is the degree to which it helps one really see the world around us.