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04-22-2003, 01:16 PM
I snuck in a few moments this morning to finish up the 3rd in my 4 floral series to give away to relatives while on vacation. Do you think I can get the 4th finished in one day?!!! :eek:

title: Pink Violets

size: 8"x10"

Arches 300lb cold pressed

all Winsor Newton paints

thanks for peeking and as always, comments and critiques welcomed (although I don't think I'll be doing much more to this one...no time!!!)


04-22-2003, 01:23 PM
i like it, i have never seen pink violets, is there really such a thing? i like the painting in general, but the very dark darks right around the flowers make it look like it is against a wall or something, doesn't feel right. very good job on that wrinkled new blossom.


04-22-2003, 01:30 PM
Em... You really have the background technique down to a science! One of the things I love about your florals are the crisp edges. I suspect that you do not use masking, but I'm confounded by the control of your washes... Is there an easy explanation? Probably not...

BTW, your leaves have that velvety (??) texture that violets are so typical of...

I don't recall your mentioning how long it took you to do your florals... It always appears that you can do them quickly... But, a painting in one day? No... well, maybe... well, yes!!!

Joni St. Martin
04-22-2003, 01:46 PM

This is just beautiful. The leaves really do look like velvet!

The only thing I might change, is to highlight the upper left edge of the upper left flower just a bit more. It seems to be fading into the background more than I'd like.

Really nice work. I'm just curious, how long did it take you to do this painting? It would take me much longer than a day!! But I am a slow poke.



marilyn h
04-22-2003, 01:47 PM
This is gorgeous! There is a questionable line across your front facing blossom. Is it suppose to be there. It is straight across and doesn't follow the contour of the flower.

04-22-2003, 01:48 PM
African violets?

Well up to standard, but I find the stem shadow on the foreground petal a little disconcerting.


04-22-2003, 02:33 PM
Originally posted by mustcreate
I snuck in a few moments this morning to finish up the 3rd in my 4 floral series to give away to relatives while on vacation.

Aren't we related somewhere down the line? Or will you adopt me?

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous . . .


lyn lynch
04-22-2003, 02:45 PM
Well, NO, Em, no need to alter this.
It is beautiful.
My sister [may she rest in peace] loved african violets and raised them. She had many variations, and I always loved the pinks the best. Good job, good memory.

04-22-2003, 06:21 PM
hey Em,

I really like the composition in this one!

beautiful work!!!

one day?... no problem!

you're not only an exceptional painter - you've become exceptionally fast!:eek:


04-22-2003, 06:25 PM
Lucky relatives. Beautiful painting!

04-22-2003, 06:41 PM
My very first thought was, WOW, they have substance!!!! Wonderful em!!!

P.S. You can do another one in 3 hours!!!

04-22-2003, 06:43 PM
I really like this. I expecially like the rich deep colors. They are vibrant and alive. Nice job.

04-22-2003, 08:23 PM
yummy glow you got going there

Little Old Lady
04-22-2003, 08:28 PM
Lovely flowers. Lucky relatives.

04-22-2003, 08:31 PM
Nice job on the flowers, and great background. I like it! A fourth one in one day - yeah, I think you can do it!


04-22-2003, 09:33 PM
I can feel that fleshy, velvety leaf.... and love the composition and the contrasts.

Your relatives should be ecstatic and your resulting visit be memorable :)

04-22-2003, 09:55 PM
thanks for commenting people :)

I appreciate you taking the time.

Char, this took me probably 8 hours or so. I don't think I have 8 spare hours before I go away. But I did get started on the 4th one and the underpainting is almost done. I am taking my paints along so if I don't finish I can do it there:)

Bethany, yes, there are many many different colours and varieties of African Violets....in fact, I bought 5 new ones a few weeks ago....one of them has GREEN petals!!!! so weird I HAD to buy it!!

As far as the shadow line across the left flower - I am going to leave it. I think it emphasizes the light source....but I will soften it and "curve" it to suggest the contours of the petal :)

Joni, you are absoluting right!! I added in some darks along the top edge and it looks much better now....thank you :)


04-22-2003, 10:06 PM
IT is beautfiul and deyails are so well done!
Just love your florals, Em.


04-22-2003, 10:43 PM
Em... Go... Have fun... Your family will be thrilled with their gifts... we'll miss you!!

04-22-2003, 10:45 PM
love the light on the greens. jti

04-23-2003, 02:22 PM
thank you Aselka, Char and jti :)


04-23-2003, 02:24 PM
Absolutely gorgeous! I think it looks better than the real thing! (Maybe because my violets are dying. LOL!)

04-23-2003, 02:49 PM
Nice job Em...

04-23-2003, 04:49 PM

04-23-2003, 05:55 PM
Hi Em:

Love the painting. Beautiful job as always. I saw a photo of these in the reference library and loved it , but wondered how you would get those leaves to look like that. Well you nailed it, great job.


04-23-2003, 06:25 PM
Hello sister ! Remember me ????:D :D :D
Love your work Em , always have , always will.