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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Gerbera Trio" 6x6"























This was one of my first daily paintings, done this summer. Gerbera daisies, crikey! Didn't realize 'til I got into it how challenging it is to paint daisies, especially white tipped ones, without making them look like pinwheels. Had to keep squinting to find places where I could lose edges and group individual petals into cohesive shapes. Am learning to do this more and more, I find I really have to keep playing back and forth with massing and reintroducing elements of detail, then whoops!..too much detail, back to massing. It's quite a game of cat and mouse to finally get a result I'm happy with, good thing these little paintings are all about the workout! The beauty of oils is that you can do this with a fair bit of ease, I really can't imagine painting in any other medium.

Forgot to mention on my first "daily painting" post, that "daily painting" is a term I use loosely. To be honest the idea of posting every single day right from the get go totally freaks me out, so I'm going to ease in to it until I get warmed up to the idea...

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Liz! Love the color harmony. A little gem.

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  2. I love the glass reflections too along with these red beauties!

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  3. This is so lovely Liz! You have the illusion of all this detail on this smaller canvas size because of your masterful paint strokes.

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  4. Hi Liz, this looks great. I wish you all the best with this new endeavor, and I know that you will be be very successful with gorgeous work like this.

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  5. Gerbers are my favourite flower - you have done a wonderful job! Just enough detail to make it look really detailed. And I esp love the glass work, you make it look so easy ... My tendency is to paint too detailed. I need too look at shapes more like you mention, that would help I bet.

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  6. Hi - followed a link from Crazy Ravens Studio to you. Your work is fabulous. I love seeing painters who exhibit a variety of subjects, sizes and media.

    I'm a fan, officially.

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  7. Hey Liz! I'm loving your 'daily paintings':) just chose this one to comment as gerbera is one of my favourite flowers!

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  8. Thank so much everyone, for your interest and your comments...what a great community of artists the internet has created, love it!

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