Painting Flowers on a wet afternoonOne of the important discoveries for me when examining reprints of Picasso's sketchbooks was the way he returns to realism every now and again, just as you would whistle a tune or drum your fingers while waiting for the next move. So yesterday when nothing was happening, lunchtime passed and the rain continued steadily, . . . it was then I noticed these flowers on the table.
Making a satisfactory arrangement of colours on a board is not easy, and coupled with the representation of surface type and the engaging quality of summer flowers, the job was quite demanding.
The picture has formal qualities, retrospectively I see a grid, four section horizontally and four sections vertically that have predominant colour types.
Although concerned at the time the vase base was barely visible I felt no compulsion to change things and now the rightness of that judgement asserts itself as I view the work today.
The separation of abstract and realism is a thin one. A wide range of view and practice will widen our ability to translate the appearance of things into a reality with some truthfulness. How abstract or how much verisimilitude will be a matter for our translation on the day.