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Monday, June 20, 2011

Peony Study

I sprang for some peonies. They are my most favorite flower, raggedly beautiful and the fragrance has not been bred out of them. However, I have never painted them before because they are so full of shredded petals and I don't know what to do with all that. This is the second try, but I figure if I stick at it, I will get it eventually. I am looking at everybody else's peonies on line for help, and also I have a little book of Manet's Last Flowers, which has them. Manet's peonies are so minimal they are like puffs of steam, but essentially a peony. I think some types might be easier to paint than others.... some have larger petals and some have lots of shred. I tried to take the easy way out but only the shredded ones were in my grocery store.

4 comments:

  1. Jean, we really love it. We want it, if it hasn't sold yet.

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  2. This is a beautiful painting, Jean! I love the shadows around the vase--especially the pink reflected in the shadow on the wall. Great job on the water and the glass, too. I know this painting is about the peonies, but I'm loving the small details, too.

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