Five Roses, 2014, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 7"x5"
How do you start your work day? I open my studio most days far earlier than the posted 10 a.m. I have coffee there, and sometimes a muffin as my day begins to take shape. My palette is usually ready, and there are always a number of larger paintings needing attention.
Most often, I'll warm up by doing a small painting, one of my 5"x7" daily paintings. Sometimes I'll do a quick study from a larger painting I'm considering since it's a good way to work out any composition issues. Other times I'll work backwards from a painting already done, focus on just a small area of the scene, or paint a single tree from an on-hand Everglades photo.
But sometimes I'll focus on something outside the Everglades. This little bouquet of roses was in the house of a friend. I took a couple of photos just to remind me of softness I wanted, and got to work. Hope you like it!