Monday, February 23, 2015
Monochrome Painting - A Potted Plant
Size: 7 by 7 inches
This piece is my first oil painting and shows a close up view on the vase of a potted plant (yes, you heard right). Rather than do the piece in greens, I decided to go with ochre.
When trying to name this piece, I found myself at a loss. How does one go about giving an ochre potted plant painting a creative name? As usual, I turned to my usual naming inspiration: the Cosmere. After a little thought, it occurred to me that in Stormlight Archive there's a Thaylen girl named Rysn who has a pet pot of grass named Tyvnk. So then I was happy that I had a good, Thaylen name for my oil painting. While I was typing up this post, however, I realized that this yellow and brown plant could also be a reference to Mistborn: The Final Empire where the plants are sickly and brownish. So now I feel rather accomplished, as I managed to reference not one, but two Cosmere novels with this piece.
Okay, the naming-inspiration/Cosmere rant is over. Originally, this piece was 9 by 12 inches. It was a lot taller, with more stripes and leaves. However, now it's 7 by 7, with more focus on the the vase. I had quite a bit of difficulty with this painting as I've never worked in oils before, so it was interesting to try to get used to a new medium. Now that it's finished, I'm feeling like this was a decent way to start my career in oils. :)