April 10, 2017

Painting a peony



I had a wonderful opportunity to create a commissioned painting last month of one of my all time favourite flowers, a peony. It was so much fun diving into this very complicated flower, but I must admit, I was a bit worried at the beginning. I mean, it's a peony! For all of you gardeners out there, you know how many petals are on just one bloom.  But I went for it (had to!) and I was surprised how easy it all came together.

Every painting is a journey, and this one was no exception. Because it was so complex, I had to approach it differently, which was a great learning experience and one I think will forever change how I approach a blank canvas. I had to think of it more like a puzzle, with all the small parts adding up to the greater whole, instead of working on it all at once, building up layers gradually over the entire canvas.




I really love how this one turned out, and plan on doing more flowers with just as much detail and movement.

Enjoy!

3 comments:

  1. oh my goodness this is nuts! beautiful.. peonies are so fascinating to me, there are just so many petals. how does that work with lighting/shading - do you have a concept in your head how the light is going to hit each petal?

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    1. So glad you like it Sera! As for the lighting/shading, I always think of each petal as having a dark, light, and middle tone. Also, there isn't harsh sunlight on this one so there aren't deep shadows - I just focussed on the form of the flower. I have a deep pink peony growing in the garden right now, so I'd love to do that one too :)

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