Friday, September 25, 2009

Zinnia Bouquet 2

16" x 20" oil on stretched canvas
$195.00 + $10. s/h
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Due to this weeks cold and snow, we have several zinnia bouquets in our house right now. So, I decided to do one more zinnia painting. My study for this was a bit different. I spent quite a lot of time with the still life set-up, making sure the flowers were arranged in a good composition, choosing and arranging the fabric on the table, getting a great shadow which included some of the flower shapes for interest. But, the painting seemed to have a mind of it's own. The flowers wanted to be life-sized, which left out the bottom of the vase and most of the shadow and lower fabric edge. I scraped it off and re-started twice, but each time the flowers came out life sized. So, I guess it was meant to be.


Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Very nice. Like the fabric and the walls - creates an interesting/complimentary geometric background to a more lyrical foreground.

Cathyann said...

Love the brushwork..Pam.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

So glad to discover your blog, Pam. I love this painting. I've been wanting to paint zinnias for a while now, must do it now!

Celeste Bergin said...

yes, I agree...sometimes a painting will insist on something. Best to let it have it's way. This is very cheerful and I especially love the clean colors.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

I really think this is one of your best ever. Even though the Zinnias had a mind of their own I think the time you spent in the set up shows...well done!

Karen said...

The way the composition came out...I really like that it's cut off at the bottom and how that makes the space at the top really important.
and of course, lovely flowers, too!

Jill Berry said...

Nice give & take with you and the painting. You both had your say.
The liveliness of the flowers along with your compositional forethought = teamwork.
Snow! Can't imagine! The Gulf was so warm today.

Pam Holnback said...

Thanks Debbi, I moved that piece of fabric around about 4 times.

Cathyann, I tried a larger brush.

Diane, Your flower paintings are so great, I'm sure your zinnias will be, too.

Celeste, Funny how our paintings talk to us!

Pam Holnback said...

Dana, Thanks so much!!

Thanks Karen, I was wondering about cutting off the vase. I worried there wasn't enough "dark" w/out the shadows.

Jill, Thank you. Zinnias are lively, aren't they?

Marian Fortunati said...

LOVE the colors in this one!!