Sunday, 31 March 2013

The Love of Creating

Hellebores
Painting size 15" x 11"
Our daughter, son in law and six month old baby Thomas have just left after spending a couple of days of Easter with us. Gosh how easily I had forgotten how full on keeping a baby entertained is!. We did take time out to visit the first day of the Easter Art Exhibition in Goolwa on Saturday and admire all the fantastic paintings on show and as you would expect each of us had different favourites. Today I was able to pick up my brushes again and feel back to normal. A day not painting feels like a little rest but two or three just seems too odd and I guess it is because I am just so in love with creating. I always start my day doing what I call "the office work". I check my emails, facebook and blogs. I love to see what my arty friends have been up to mostly overnight as they all seem to be from the northern hemisphere and have been busy whilst I have been sleeping.
One site I check is Paint My Photo as I often find an image that I will earmark for a possible painting and sometimes like today an image that cries paint me now.

Reference photo
by Sue from Paint My Photo
I never aim to capture a true botanical likeness of flowers in my work but I do like to think I am capturing their real essence so a good reference for blooms that I have no real knowledge about is really important and Hellebores are one of those, so thank you Sue from Paint My Photo for sharing your detailed image.
I hope you are all having a lovely Easter break wherever you are in the world.

15 comments:

  1. What a lovely painting Lorraine.... I think this is one of your best!! The colours and textures are so beautiful and yes you have caught the essence of them, this is a real winner and I will be gobsmacked if this one doesn't sell at the upcoming exhibition.

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    1. Thanks Judith for your lovely comment and your confidence. I will include this next month in my exhibition and hope someone does love it.

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  2. Wonderful colours in this painting. It does capture the essence of hellebores beautifully. They have wonderful subtle variation in the petals.

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    1. Your feedback Vandy is really appreciated. Think my couple of days rest from painting made me be relaxed and this came together without too much trying

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  3. The title of the post says it all, Lorraine. The Love of Creating. It shows in every painting you make. This one is no exception.

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    1. As you know Terry this is my preferred way of working, use a reference but then just let fly

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  4. One word to describe how I feel about this lovely painting - Jealous!

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    1. Glad you like this Polly, it was a quick painting as I must have been relaxed and let wc do its thing, wish I could always do this!

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  5. Dear Lorraine...these are beautiful. So glad you had time with your family. I know what you mean about painting...I like to do something creative every day as well. Feels strange if I am not drawing or doodling or painting something.

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    1. Hi Debbie, pleased you like these Hellebores, thanks for leaving your lovely comment

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  6. You really captured the feel of these. These are the same flower I painted the other day which we also call lenten roses. It is so great that they come up when it is still cold and we want spring. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Joan, I did not know too much about Hellebores or Lenten Roses so googled and indeed they are one and the same.

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  7. Lorraine, I think this piece turned out especially lovely! We don't have these flowers around as far as I know and I just love the look of them. Great flair on this as usual!

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    1. Sherry I have not had these flowers before either, amazing painting florals you learn so much about gardening too!

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  8. Dear Lorraine:) So beautiful! I love the green/yellow in the centre of the flowers and all the lovely colors around them. Now they are shouting: "she painted us! she painted us!" I think you made them very happy:)xx

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