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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Almost Twins

"Almost Twins"
 6" x 6"
oil on gessobord
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The reference photo I took earlier this spring had a very dark background. I wanted to paint a happy, light painting, therefore the background had to become a lighter value. The two flowers look very similar, so I painted one more detailed and a little bit more saturated than another. The second also has cooler highlights. I think it is reflected light from the sky.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Row of Irises

"Row of Irises"
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord
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Today my goal was to paint a high key painting with red-green color combination.

It was so much fun mixing all those greys of the background. Some are warmer, some cooler, and together they create an interesting interplay. One of my favorite greys is a mixture of Alizarin Crimson and Viridian.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Yellow Iris

"Yellow Iris"
6" x 6"
oil on gessobord
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After experimenting with watercolor last time I decided to paint the same flower with oils today. My goal was to create a high key painting with yellow as a dominant color. I achieved it by changing the background dark value of the previous version to a middle value.

For some reason my watercolor painting is more realistic, more "pretty". I think I focus more on details when I paint with watercolors.

I used a photograph I had taken at an iris festival this year. I finally convinced myself that it was ok to use pictures. I think if I use them as an artist, which means thinking about what my color and value dominance is and what composition I want to create, therefore changing them the way I want. I try not to copy a photograph, I interpret it.
 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Yellow Iris

"Yellow Iris"
8" x 8"
watercolor
NFS
I wanted to paint with watercolors for a long time. I use it occasionally for making quick sketches. I thought it would be fun to paint flowers using it. Yesterday I decided to go to an art supply store in order to buy some watercolor brushes and paints. I don't know about you, but I can spend hours looking at what they have. Anyway, I ended up spending a couple of hundred of dollars on art supply. It was a bit more than I expected but I hope it is worth it.

I spent hours making a careful drawing and layering paints. It was a lot of fun... 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tan Iris

"Tan Iris"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
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Last week I visited an iris festival for the first time in my life. And I never felt happier. I love flowers. I can spend hours enjoying them at a flower stand. This place was a paradise for my eyes. I've taken about 500 pictures! I probably stopped at every flower in the garden.

I used a photograph for this painting. In order to feel the flower better, I put a real one besides me. Its delicate scent was accompanying me throughout painting. What attracted me was the delicate tan color, as delicate as iris itself.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

White Rhododendron

"White Rhododendron"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
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Lately many "flower opportunities" keep finding me. It looks like I am supposed to paint flowers... I was invited to paint on plein air in a local garden. As I didn't paint outdoors for a while, I was happy to accept the opportunity. So I spent a wonderful afternoon painting and chatting with visitors.

I got so inspired by this one time, that decided to paint outdoors once a week. I invited a couple of fellow artists to join me.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Rose

"Rose"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
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The complex and fragrant rose is a symbol of perfection and passion. It is associated with love, earthly and divine. It signifies fertility, virginity, or beauty. Unfurling from a bud, it represents secrecy and the mystery of life.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Rainbow Carrots

"Rainbow Carrots"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
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I missed orange color. These three rainbow carrots gave me an opportunity to mix different oranges. Not only there were fun to paint, but also very delicious in my salad.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

White Iris

"White Iris"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
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I've been getting flowers and blossoms from different sources. Most of them are brought by my wonderful husband who knows how much I love flowers. A couple of weeks ago I noticed a new flower shop on my way to work (I work part-time at a gallery), and was going to check it out. Yesterday I decided to stop by. After I mentioned to a nice lady-owner that I was an artist and my favorite subjects were flowers, she gave me a white iris, a couple of roses, and a wonderful lily - all for free! I never felt luckier being an artist. I hope I will paint fast enough to capture them all. Guess what the shop's name is? - Straight from the Heart Florals! Thank you so much, Jenny!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Lilac on Blue

"Lilac on Blue"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
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When you are an artist and one day spread the word that you need a lilac blossom to paint you might end up with a lot of lilac. It happened to me. As a result I have a gorgeous fragrant bouquet in my house. It wasn't easy to choose from. This blossom caught my eye because of its shape and I just loved its leaves. Normally I would choose different shades of purple to paint the flower, but I decided to challenge myself by limiting my palette to blue-orange color range.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Cherry Blossom

"Cherry Blossom"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
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"A national emblem of China and Japan, cherry blossom symbolizes the ephemeral sweetness of youth, which, like blossom, is quickly shed..." is written in SIGNS AND SYMBOLS book.

I learned how quickly it is shed by waiting too long to "borrow" a blossom from a cherry tree. When I came to get one, the tree didn't have any. It made me sad, because I wasn't ready to wait till the next spring. But when I observe the tree carefully, I found two flowers looking at me. I rushed home and painted them. I feel very fortunate being able to capture this gorgeous blossom...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Purple Iris

"Purple Iris"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
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The iris represents hope and the power of light and is linked to Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow. In China it signals beauty in solitude; in the French fleur de lys its three petals represent faith, wisdom, and valor.