Sunday, 10 March 2013

Stop and smell the Roses or Foxgloves

Foxgloves
10.5" x 18"
Unframed
SOLD

I decided I would like to have a go at painting foxgloves - a flower I have not tried before and fellow blogger and artist Sharon Whitley put a couple of images on her facebook page as a challenge to paint. One is of a lovely pony - another subject I have not yet done and one is of foxgloves. I started with the idea of just painting the one stem but as usual got lost in the creative moment and ended up with a field full.
I nearly abandoned this painting which I started a couple of days ago but there were some lovely parts in it and I rescued it this morning from the pile and added a few splashes here and there and voila!
I am happy I stopped and took the time to revisit it and I make a mental note to myself to slow down, enjoy each stage (stop and smell) and don't prejudge too soon. It is amazing how a piece can look after the pigment has really settled and your eye when taking a fresh look, sees what that last little step needs to be to pull it altogether.
Supplied reference image
by photographer
Gary Jones

16 comments:

  1. Oh I wish you hadn't posted this. It's so lovely and my foxglove painting is so awful. Now do I own up to my painting or not. I shall peruse your painting in a larger size to see how it should have been done.

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    1. Thanks Polly, I know the challenge had just one step but I have trouble making a painting with just that as I never work on less than 1/4 sheet and I seem to like to paint the flower bloom in near real size if that makes sense

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  2. Fantastic indeed. I also like you have made it your own adding in extra foxgloves

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    1. Thanks Paul, glad you like the extras

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  3. I love rescue paintings, and what great results you got, Lorraine. The colors are luscious, and I admire how you created the textures and repeating patterns throughout - ties it all together.

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    1. You know Terry, this is how I love to work, trying to makes something from what has made itself on the paper. I am pleased I am getting to the stage of being able to see what is needed, so my many hours of practice are starting to pay off

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  4. Lots of colours, yet it all hangs together so well. So glad you saved this painting...I too am often guilty of judging my own work too soon instead of re-visiting it when in a different frame of mind.

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    1. Thank you Maggie for stopping by, it is colourful yet I only used three colours, Perm.Rose, Idanthrene Blue and Aureolin so I think that has helped

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  5. Gorgeous textures, colours, composition and light Lorraine. I too sometimes have to distance myself from a painting to view it with different eyes on another day.

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    1. Laura thanks for your nice and wise comments. I am thrilled to say that this painting has sold to a lovely lady from Spain- my first international sale so I am thrilled. Thanks Facebook

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  6. This is gorgeous Lorraine! Lots of lovely parts! And your sale is really exciting.

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    1. Thanks Sherry, As you know my love is florals so I rarely want to give them up on them, wish I could apply this to other subjects

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  7. Dear Lorraine - I am so glad you rescued this piece - it is stunning. Also that was wonderful advice as well to hold onto a piece of work for a bit and then possible thought will bring it to be a success. Yours sure was. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Hi Debbie, thanks for leaving your lovely comment, I am learning to be more patient and considered with my work

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  9. Hello Lorraine:) So beautiful, no wonder it's sold! Also love the background in beautiful colors. Well done and congratulations on the selling:)

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    1. Really appreciate your kind comments Renate

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