Monday, August 21, 2006

Painting Gladiolus

Gladiolus in mason jar
8"x10"
oil on masonite panelSOLD
Omaha has a great farmer's market on Saturday morning during the summer. I purchased these beautiful gladiolus from a lovely lady who sells flowers there each week. I couldn't wait to paint them.
I am sorry I didn't get my camera angle right for the best comparison.


Almost finished. The background should be gone over a little. I think it is too distracting. I apologize for the photo a little glaring.
I really enjoyed this painting even though I struggled with that intense red of the gladiolus. I think I fussed too much with it. That's a bad habit I return too when I am not confident in my color selection. Practice is the only remedy.

Summer is almost gone and there are so many flowers I wish I could paint before they wilt away. But Autumn has it's own rewards which should be fun to discover how to paint.

11 comments:

Christina said...

I use acrylics but I have trouble achieving a nice vibrant red. I think you nailed it, and I don't find the background distracting
C

Takeyce said...

Excellent, Peter. You get better and better with each brush stroke!

bdelpesco said...

This one is singing... it's really lovely. Nice work.

ParisBreakfasts said...

This one's a beauty Peter. And I love the messy background - very painterly as they say. When you see a Morandi upclose, he really pushed that paint around, especially in the backgrounds..not cool at all.

Darren Maurer said...

Peter,
Great job here. Darkening the background was a huge plus. The flowers are screaming now. I want to paint something red now!!

m collier said...

Thanks for posting your process. Always love to see how someone else solves problems.

Jeff Hayes said...

Lovely.

David said...

That came out wonderfully, Peter. Great mason jar, too!

J Matt Miller said...

Nailed it Peter! Flowers throw me for loops. Excellent work.

Heather Hall said...

Thank you for posting the progress pics. I learn so much from them. Thanks for being such an inspiration!!

Luis Colan said...

As you can tell, we all love this painting. I love the contrast between the delicacy of the flowers agains the sketchy background. Amazing painting.

luis