Five Budleigh Stalks

And God said :

” Let there be light: ”

and there was light.

And God saw that the light was good:

and God divided the light from darkness.

And God called the light Day,

And the darkness He called Night.

And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Genesis 1: 3, 4, 5
Looking up at the tall spikes of Budleigh, a plant that grew rapidly last summer and we plan to cut soon, I decided the leaves would be a good subject to paint.
Notice how sturdy the spear shaped flower heads appear and how well covered the shrub is in new leaves mixed with old.
Here five stalks from this plant , each with their own natural bend are in a terracotta vase.
The dark and the light green of the leaves significantly marked.
Five Budleigh stalks in a terracotta vase.

I was looking at Paul Cezanne’s work and here is my ‘try ‘ which is nothing like any of his but with the thoughts he had about painting going through my head.

Here are some of his quotes:

Painting from nature is not copying the object. It is realising one’s sensations.

Don’t be an art critic. Paint. Their lies salvation.

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, its not art.

We must not be content to memorize the beautiful formulas of our illustrious predecessors. Let us go out and study beautiful nature.

Paul Cezanne 1839 – 1906 A prolific artist who produced more than 900 oil paintings and 400 watercolours, including many incomplete works. Henri Matisse was a great admirer of his work and Picasso particularly an admirer of Cezanne’s post modernist use of triangles , cubes etc when painting landscapes. It was while reading about Henri Matisse that I noticed Cezanne’s flowers in vases hence today’s post.
Here is a different grouping of the same five stems.

By pressing on the bold writing below you will hear a conversation about some of Cezanne’s paintings on view at the Tate Modern.

Paul Cezanne at Tate Modern .

Thank you for looking at this post. Have a go and have some fun.

Sandy 🙂

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