|Cyclamen on Oil Cloth - 16 x 12" Oil on canvasboard|
by Tracy Feldman
This one is of a lovely plant that a friend brought me and suggested would be a great subject for a portrait. It's called a cyclamen. Several varieties grow here in Ireland. Some, like this one, are hardy enough to over-winter here (at least in mild winters). Others go dormant over winter but return in very early spring (February) to brighten the forest floor. Their vivid hues are very welcome during Ireland's particularly gray months.
As you can see on the right, I used the under-painting technique I learned this fall from Dreama Toll Perry. But because I could not finish the piece in one sitting, I used my painting medium when completing the painting.
I chose to show the plant from over head because that point of view made the cyclamen appear to be growing out of the tablecloth -- and that appeals to my "reality with a twist" sensibilities. I also took several portraits of the plant from the side. I'm also going to paint one of those because I loved the way the perspective changed how the "leaves" look on the oil cloth. So keep your eyes peeled for that, and for a persimmon and cranberry portrait that is also in the works!