Monday, February 12, 2007

daily painting practice - still life peonies in a vase

It's the middle of the winter and I miss painting fresh flowers. There is no way to get peonies this time of year so I am trying an experiment. Painting from a photo I took last summer.

First I skecthed in charcoal than painted right over top of it. That's what made the gray.
Preparing the wood panel ahead of time made things so much easier when it came time to start painting. The pre-toned background helped to hold the tonal quality of the overall painting together right from the start.
I am going at this very loose and free from thinking about matching the photo. My mind is on remembering the peonies and how beautiful they looked in our garden last summer. The painting is more feeling at this point than critical thinking.
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Peonies in a Glass Vase
oil on wood
I love the result! I could have gone crazy with the lace like I did before on(Orange Pekoe). But this was a daily practice painting so I just suggested the detail this time.

I am not a purist when it comes to painting from life or photos. I feel its the finished product that matters. But I must say that painting from life everyday certainly gives me the confidence to put more feeling into a piece.


Louis Boileau said...

Wow...Peter, this is beautiful!!

Carolyn Hietala said... soooo in LOVE with this one!!! Great painting!

Darren Maurer said...

That is great.

Rhonda Hurwitz said...

just terrific--loose and expressive brushwork, the colors, everything. you nailed it

Parisbreakfasts said...

Lovely peonies here Peter!

vivien said...

this is lovely - the form and the textures and loose expressive painting. Gorgeous :)

David R. Darrow said...

Simply outstanding work!