View Full Version : Popping Poppies/ oil

05-23-2001, 11:58 AM
I finished this one yesterday. Not really sure how I feel about it, either. I'm thinking about going into the waterdrops a bit more, but I don't know for sure. I can't decide whether I like it or not as it is, though. LOL!
Anyway, have at it!
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And here's a detail:
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05-23-2001, 01:20 PM
I thought it was a photo. Excellent job Aurora!

"I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine." -- John Galt, Atlas Shrugged

05-23-2001, 01:43 PM
Your eally got that hairy fuzzyness done well and the water droplets look so wet.
Great Job.
I love poppies.
Do some more.


05-23-2001, 01:53 PM
*Gulp!* I thought it was a photo, too!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/eek.gif

Awesome job!


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05-23-2001, 02:51 PM
I also thought this was a photo. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif I really lik the textures and colours you have used. I think you should do more of these. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

05-23-2001, 03:19 PM
this must have been incredibly fun to do. Looks like it anyway, met with confidence.
And now I know what you were talking about when you said you like up close and interesting vantage......oh yeah.

I'm thinking the water looks good. What's bothering you about it or what would are you thinking would 'fix' what you see wrong? If you don't mind me asking, how many layers?

05-23-2001, 03:56 PM
Thanks you guys! I'm trying to throw away all my mediums....well, not throw them away exactly (too expensive!). Just stop using them for awhile. I realized that I was using them as a crutch of sorts; So, now I'm trying to just use the oils by themselves. I was hoping I would loosen up some doing that. I did the underpainting using only a rag and the paint...no turps. Zotma, this was supposed to be done with just one layer, over the underpainting, that layer painted wet into wet. 'Cept I screwed it up really bad at one point and scraped the whole thing off.....
One of the things that bothers me, actually, is that I really want to get away from the photograph look. I threw out my Liquin because I want my stuff to look more painterly, less controlled. And this looks, well, I don't know.....My fuzz looks to much like spines, I think, and I probably overused the white. And it's probably overworked, too. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif
I'm not sure what exactly I'm trying to achieve, really. I want to do something unique, you know? I want my paintings to look like Aurora's paintings, not like Aurora's photographs, and LOL not like an O'Keefe wannabe's paintings. And I guess maybe I want to do some different subject matter for awhile, but I'm not sure what. I'm kind of at a stuck place, where I'm painting feverishly and not getting anywhere.....Images of guinnee pigs on their little excercise wheels are coming to mind here. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif
Anyway, thanks for your input, guys. I appreciate you looking and commenting on it! Makes me think maybe it's not as bad as I thought?


05-23-2001, 04:14 PM
interesting comments in this thread! I didn't think it looked like a photo at all, but perhaps I'm used to your style?

While I appreciate your desire to move in new directions, (and not want to be thought of as ripping off someone else) you have a unique talent with color and composition combined with an excellent eye for intriguing subjects. I think you should paint what makes you happy. Your plant work astounds and honors me as a viewer. All I can say is this says "aurora" to me; and that, at least for me, this is emotionally succulent! O'Keeffe may have zoomed in on flowers, but her brushwork and color choices couldn't be more different.

always amusing to see how differently everyone reacts ... thanks for indulging my ramblings (again) http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


"If you understand your painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it." -Salvadore Dali

05-23-2001, 04:21 PM
Hey Auruora! Nice painting! What you do with oil is remarkable. I bet you'd be dangerous with egg tempera http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif.


05-23-2001, 06:46 PM
this one is more painterly than your others and just as awesome...i thought the last one was my favorite...sigh...now i think it's this one...at least until the next one.

you are not a georgia wannabe...not at all.


05-23-2001, 07:33 PM
I can literally smell the wet "greenness".

05-23-2001, 07:44 PM
This does so much more than a photo ever could! At first glance, the realism may say "photo," which, I am certain was intended as a compliment!!! The depth, myriad colors and textures, perfect design and technique say a very painterly "Aurora." My teacher, Master Impressionist George Passantino, reminds us, "Don't be afraid of losing your individual style while learning. It's like a signature. It's a part of you forever and will only be enhanced with knowledge."
I say, "More!!! More!!!!" You might want to try this subject really large for more abstractions to work...

Jeanine Jackson
Stamford, CT

05-24-2001, 12:04 AM

I like it. Not sure why; I just do.

Question: do u work from photos or is this just from yer noggin'?


Everyone knows the moon's made of cheese...

05-24-2001, 12:38 AM
Hi Nick!
HA! No, this plant actually exists, weird as it looks. This is from a photo I took of some poppies in my garden. These are the buds. I thought they looked like something from another planet! LOL! But I take a ton of pics, find something in them that grabs me, and then work from there. I generally stop referring to the photo once I have the basic stuff down, though, and just take the rest out of my head. Usually lighting in the photo gets changed, alot of times color and perspective changed also. And of course I also edit liberally to remove whatever doesn't fit into the composition.
Thanks for looking!


[This message has been edited by aurorapope (edited May 23, 2001).]

05-24-2001, 12:47 AM
the drops and the hairy buds are very nice, but the leaves at the bottom are magnificent.

David Acres
05-24-2001, 02:48 AM
Simply stunning Macro work once again! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif I always enjoy your work and it IS your work! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif I love your style! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif This reminds me of sinsemelia sp? Wet & sticky, mmmmmm I can smell it! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Dave Acres...
Merely a student of life!:)

'The artist is no more than a receptacle for sensations, a brain, a recording apparatus. But if it interferes, if it dares, feeble apparatus that it is, to deliberately intervene in what it should be translating, its own pettiness gets into the picture. The work becomes inferior.... Paul Cezanne...

05-24-2001, 09:27 AM
Thanks you guys. You've made me feel alot better. I know the photograph thing was meant to be a compliment.....I never thought it was meant any other way, really. I was just having a really shi**y day yesterday.....Aurora's "Blue period" I guess. Lots of self doubts about painting, you know? This is a terrific bunch of people. And I thank you again.
Gonna go start a new one now. Keep your fingers crossed! LOL


05-24-2001, 11:07 AM
Aurora, this is magnificent. Don't feel upset about some mentioning the work as looking like a photograph. May be, what they meant is that it looked real, and you indeed are trying to capture reality, aren't you?

Honestly, I didn't know they were waterdrops until I read what you wrote. In the detail, it looks better. May be, you should work on it a bit more. All the rest seems to be in place. Hope you're not upset again with this comment.


05-24-2001, 01:35 PM
Unni, really......the comments didn't make me upset! That's what I put this post here for. Comments, critiques, all of it.....it's welcome really. I was upset with the painting *before* I posted it! Not because of the comments.
And I may indeed go back into it. Don't really want to mess with it for a few days, though. Thanks for looking. Thanks *always* for the critique. And puh-lease don't feel like you've upset me in the least!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif <------see, I'm smiling even!


05-25-2001, 02:34 AM
This is so lovely I really wish you would use this great style you have and paint the poppies now they're blossoming!

05-26-2001, 01:12 AM
The subject you've painted is not all that interesting to me but....but....

It looks sooooo real! Doesn't look like a photo to me. The detail you have achieved here is amazing. I think it's wonderful, Aurora. The hours you've worked on this just had to be many, many.

Very, very excellent work.

Don't worry, its gonna be all right....
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05-26-2001, 07:21 AM
Superb work. The reason for your indecision may be that this is an unusual graphic but the color, composition and skill are all striking. I like it a lot. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

"every picture is a history of love and hate when read from the appropriate angle" -- Leopoldo Salas-Nicanor, 1731 (Reading Pictures, Alberto Manguel, 2000)

05-26-2001, 04:15 PM
HA! Didn't realize anyone was still looking at this! Thanks you guys! This painting is starting to grow on me, actually. I don't think I will mess with it anymore, but when I walk by it and look at it now, I kind of like it, I think.
It really is an off the wall subject, isn't it? That's what appealed to me about it, though. I don't know that people are going to flock to buy it, but it's wacky enough that at least they may wonder what on earth it is! LOL I was just outside with the camera getting photos of the stuff that's blooming now, and the things that grabbed me the most were the weeds, the seedpods, the fruits, the buds. For some reason I'm really attracted and intrigued by those shapes. Anyway, I took a couple of decent photos of the wild onions in my yard begining to bloom. Now *those* are weird looking! I also got some of wild lettuce poofies and some cool shots of some pattypan squash still attached to the blooms......they look like something out of the _Invasion of the Body Snatchers_! Too cool. Don't ya just love this time of year?
Anyway, thanks again for checking it out, and thanks for your comments, as always!