Painting flowers is not for the timid. I have often felt that they are the most difficult subject on the face of the earth. Complexity and detail abound. It has literally taken me years to understand (from time to time) how to take in all of this complexity and reduce it to a more understandable version of what is before me. Pansies are tender and bendable. They love cool and moisture. Thus is the challenge for a painter like me who loves the bold and sculptural. In earlier watercolor days, I like to ignore its boundaries and press it into an all-encompassing duty....making a watercolor painting that would stand up to the strength of a pastel, an oil. But that was ignoring its finest quality which is also its limitation...the quiet, the sublime, the delicately layered. This painting is small and achieves just what I had hoped...the nature of these tender flowers.
Pensees is a French word for thoughts...and for pansies.