Behind the Flowers is a 24x12 oil done in open studio by Shirley Fachilla.
[For my other woman in a hat with flowers, please visit this post.]
I found this particular hatted female quite appealing to paint because I loved the monochrome nature of her. Her dress, flowers, table, her very skin were all variations of one warm neutral color.
Going with one predominate hue in a work (a monochrome) is one way to set a mood in a painting. (In prior post, I wrote about setting a mood by using high key-values.)
The moody James MacNeill Whistler often painted using variations of one color. He did rich nocturnes, awash in mystery and deep, cool blues or purples. He did painting after painting of women wearing white and surrounded by white backgrounds, very ethereal, very pristine.
Cecilia Beau used monochrome as well. She did it because it not only set a mood; it also made those beautiful portrait faces of hers stand out. Her gorgeously painted heads would be the warmest, highest chroma spots in an expanse of gray or even lavender.
Now after writing all this about mood and monochrome, I really can’t say what mood is set by my painting. Perhaps I could say mysterious… just what is she watching so intently from behind those flowers?