Monday, April 18, 2011

Four O'Clock Geraniums




















You might ask what does a clock have to do with a jar of flowers? I don't know, but I liked the combo of colors, the glass face with the glass jar and other stuff. It may be a bit odd to have it down in the corner, but maybe it makes the painting interesting being obviously part of a larger scene. We have a heavy cloud cover here today so the photo is not the best, and a bit blurry too.
Two of my favorite subjects here, that old clock and flowers.

oil on canvas panel 8x8 inches

17 comments:

  1. I like the composition including the clock in the lower left corner...it makes for a very interesting painting. A bit of nostalgia!

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  2. Your edges and colors make this a beautiful painting.

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  3. I like the composition- the clock in the corner keeps your eye moving and sends it right back to the flowers. Love the way you painted the geraniums...really gorgeous brushwork. I now have serious envy of the strokes and shaping! Keep doing more- :)

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  4. Karen, this is beautiful! I wish I had painted it! ;o)
    Brenda

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  5. I'm loving this one, Karen... The clock is perfect for the composition... brilliant !

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  6. Now that's what I'm talking about! Geraniums! This is so great in so many ways. The values and colors in the blooms are gorgeous.

    I have to admonish myself to compare myself to where I started, not compare myself to you. Sigh.

    I'm curious as to the type and size brush you use. (As if by changing brushes I'll magically be able to paint like this!)

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  7. I like the clock in the lower corner...it does bonce your eye right back to the flowers. You know, there are so many flower paintings and yet you have managed to do something different that lifts this painting of flowers up to a very interesting level...out of the ordinary.

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  8. This is so lovely Karen. Beautiful color in the flowers, nice subtle shadows and reflections. I really like how the water in the jar distorts the stem ~ I just keep looking at it!

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  9. I love the application of color in the geraniums, the brushwork has captured form, and the clock seems to anchor the balance. Very skillfully done, as usual Karen.

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  10. Thank you all for your comments. I finally feel like my flower practice is paying off. (Now that I said that, I'll have to wipe out the next one, I just know it!) This painting business keeps us humble! Virginia, I used mostly a #8 Silver Brush Co. "bristlon". I love those brushes. When I use a brush that feels a bit too big I get better results, and tend to leave my strokes alone. Thanks for asking. Paint on, girlfriend!!!

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  11. Wow! Beautifully cropped composition . I love your brush work on the petals of the geraniums and the colouring in the entire painting!

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  12. Beautifully painted. Geraniums are so reminiscent of spring here in Ontario Canada...so many people put them out on porches in planters, or in gardens. It has always been a traditional mother's day gift as well. I love the addition of the clock...it adds a note of nostalgia as well as being interesting.

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  13. I studied the way you have painted and I loved the way you expressed yourself Karen! Each one is a class and I fell in love with this composition, wow!

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