Alida's Approach to Painting
“I had been a landscape painter for over twenty years, when one day I picked a beautiful rose from my garden and held it up against the sun. I discovered a depth of hidden colors and myriad hues which were not visible when the sun’s rays were focused on the front of the flower. Viewed the same way, the intricate structure of an Iris, a Peony, and every other flower instantly challenged me to try to replicate those exquisite characteristics in over-size floral portraiture. That would become my passion for the ensuing 20 years.
“I prayerfully plan each painting, with my primary purpose being to create an image which will do justice to some of God’s most beautiful creations. At the same time I hope that viewers will feel a sense of peace and tranquility as their eyes roam over the petals, discovering little nuances of color and structure. Much like looking at a beautiful landscape.
“My technique is known as Grisaille (Griz-igh) which was employed by the ‘Old Masters’. It involves the initial creation of a monochromatic painting, executed in ‘Optical Greys’.
“So named because of the way they will shine through, and affect all of the succeeding layers of glazes. It is a very time consuming and labor-intensive process, but I believe the results are worth the effort. I hope that you will agree.”