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Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Peony With Bud


Peony With Bud
6x8in oil on canvas panel  $135.

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Artist Note

No - not a rose this time, 
but they are very much like a 
cabbage rose to paint.
A friend was up in Albuquerque
where they grow and brought me 
this one. It was wilting after the drive
 so I had to paint it fast.

35 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I do love your flowers. You capture their essence so well :)

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    1. I am painting flowers until I get back into my art flow. They are something I love to paint and always live ones around.
      I love the slice of lemon propped against the glass in your new post.

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  2. I don't know how you have so much control with a palette knife, as if it is the extension of your hand. The exuberant texture, the bold composition, the unexpected bits of lime green and orange make your painting (I must add, as always) good enough to eat!

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    1. What a wonderful complement, Kim. Thank you so much.
      I am so used to using both the knife and brush in my paintings that I cannot say when I use which one... it is automatic.
      I do like your painting of the iris. The beautiful colors and painterly strokes are just my cuppa tea!

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  3. I have peonies in my yard....they're so beautiful....I make a bouquet, take them in the house and run around trying to kill all the ants that come out of them...lol. Your painting is so beautiful and delicate and it does look like a rose...love it!

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    1. Lucky you having peonies. I am envious. I enjoyed a good laugh about the ants. There were none on this one... maybe they were all left in the car!
      have a lovely weekend, Hilda.

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  4. Thanks Sue. Glad you like it.
    Your Sedona painting has a marvelous feeling of space and I love the colors.
    It is beautiful.

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  5. Another gem of a flower Julie, your flowers are inspiring me to try out some, have never done that!

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    1. NEVER painted a flower? Wow and I completely fell in love with the lotus flower when I was in India. That is one you should try for sure. So much history of the symbolism of the lotus.flower. Please, Padmaja, just try one.

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  6. Your style is so lovely, Julie. And thank you for the thoughtful comments about the pros and cons of entering exhibitions! Your words were very sensible and wise.

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    1. Thank you, Katherine. I really enjoyed your new post and seeing the chocolate bar wrappers with your image on them - BRILLIANT idea. Good for you.

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  7. Well, this is lovely and just happened to remind me that I have one lonely peony that grows near the stone wall that I'll have to watch for. Do you think I could take a cutting and grow more? I'll have to remember to check that out too. Enjoy your day.

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    1. I hope you take one of your fabulous photos to share on your next post.
      Thanks for the visit, Carol.

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  8. It's lovely Julie! Very natural looking, one of my favorite flowers! :0

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    1. I used to think I had favorites but I am discovering they all are a favorite while in bloom! Your beautiful watercolor of flowers captures your love of flowers.

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  9. Love the warm vs. cool in this one, Julie!

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    1. Playing with warm and cools is more fun on white than any other color.
      Thanks, Carol.

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  10. love that strategically placed bit of orange...you are so good! Love this.

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    1. Nice complement. Thanks.
      I had to look and see the orange you mentioned. The stucco wall behind the flowers. Wish I could take credit.
      What a beautiful high key landscape you just posted. I love it.

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  11. Lovely painting. Peonies are some of my favorites.

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    1. At the moment I am focusing in on painting flowers until my creativity comes back. I seem to love most flowers so I am enjoying painting them.
      Thanks for the visit, Jean, I am lookig forward to your next post.

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  12. You caught perfectly gorgeous delicate beauty of peony,a flower really precious . I am a peony lover,but is a difficult love. More easy be roses lover, that are everywhere, while peonies are always a bit rare even to buy
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    Have a nice weekend, dear Julie.

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    1. I know what you mean. I love the peony too, but it does not grow here. A good friend has planted them just so I can paint them.
      I was totally intrigued by your new post with the mother /child image
      I congratulate you for "seeing" the possibilities and then capturing it with paint.

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  13. Beautiful Julie. Love the bits of color!

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    1. Thank you, Helen. I am going to try a high key painting inspired by yours.

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  14. Beautiful job on the peony as well as the peppermint roses below this! Your flowers have so much energy and feel to them.

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    1. Thanks, Joan, That is nice of you. Bit by bit I feel I am getting back into my groove.
      I love wisteria so was delighted to see your painting.

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  15. I misread this and spent ages looking for a coin, as in 'Penny With Bud'. I love Peonies we used to have red ones and white ones ...but their life is so short.

    Wonderful image though, really love it.

    Fancy you going to St. David's Cathedral! Happy memories, yeah? I'm still drawing it but I've been given a steer towards Paul Dmoch's work and wow ... that's the place to be and I'm going to try to go there combining pen & ink and paint.

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    1. COIN...LOL! Funny guy. I am familiar with Paul's work and can see why you would relate to it. You certainly have the ability. I will look forward to
      seeing your output. It should be something rather wonderful to get your teeth into.
      I really enjoyed your new post. You write so well, John, it was easy to feel the respect for that part of your past.

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  16. Hello greetings and good wishes.

    I enlarged the painting and took a close look. The painting is amazing..The flower is bewitchingly beautiful and stands out so charmingly wanting to be touched and appreciated. The color combination is marvelous.

    Talking of flowers, it is surprising that flowers bloom where ever they are planted. It may be a garden, a foot path or even a remote place where no one can notice them, yet they bloom beautifully without the need to be appreciated. Nature is fabulous.

    Best wishes

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    1. Welcome, Joseph. Thank you for visiting and commenting with such complementary words.
      It may not be always true about flowers always blooming when planted...not here in the high desert anyway.
      I visited your blog and found thought provoking content. I will be back.

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  17. Dear Julie - Your peony is beautiful. I think these flowers have to be one of the most difficult to paint. You did it so well with finding lovely hints of colors throughout this bloom. As always I am amazed at your work my friend. Hope you are having a lovely day. Hugs!

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  18. Thank you, Debbie. Glad you like it. I find most flowers difficult to paint - in my style anyway. I kind of have to find my way back to the essence.
    Weekend has been restful...nice.

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  19. It is just beautiful, Julie! A true springtime breath of fresh air!!

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Cheers,
Julie