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Lea51
06-30-2013, 05:13 PM
I was hoping to get one more piece done for this month's plant parade, but the gallery is already done! So I'm posting this rhododendron here: it's 6x6" oil on gessobord, from a reference image library photo by stalksthedawn.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jun-2013/69963-rhododendron_squared.JPG

I cropped the reference square, because I was tired of painting the same old rectangular format, and I liked the way these flowers cooperated with the square format. Putting the stamens in nearly killed it though!

Comments and critiques welcome!

Antiqueteacher
06-30-2013, 07:40 PM
Beautiful work, Lea!! You make it look so easy!! Love it!!

Katherine

Lady Carol
06-30-2013, 09:30 PM
Gorgeous

Lea51
06-30-2013, 09:41 PM
Trust me, it was not easy! Sometimes, I think the work in progress will never be right, but I just keep going, and keep fixing everything I break...that's why I love oils...they're very forgiving...

marionh
07-01-2013, 03:54 AM
Lea, This is lovely. I agree with you about oils, your description is what I feel about mine sometimes.

Please post in the June PP and I will incorporate it in one of the galleries.

Lea51
07-01-2013, 12:10 PM
Thanks Marion, I posted it in the June PP this morning. Thanks for being so accomodating!

Vivien Maloney
07-11-2013, 03:25 PM
Beautiful painting Lea!

Lea51
07-15-2013, 03:04 PM
Thanks Vivien!

Terranova
07-15-2013, 11:31 PM
It's such a wonderful work!
I especially love the lights in it. How the sun plays and shines on the petal and leaves. That's definitely one thing I have to learn more when painting - it makes such a difference.

Gaby

Lea51
07-16-2013, 09:09 AM
I find it very helpful to work from really good reference photos to catch that. Working from life, things change too quickly for me to capture them.

I'm also usually quite surprised at what colors you see in the lights on leaves...often, the reflected light is quite blue! It all started to make more sense when I read an artist's comments about colors of light--the blue reflected light is a reflection of the sky! Whereas the warmer reflected light is a reflection of the sunlight. So if you're painting flowers on a gray day, the light that's reflected is cool...light blues will capture it. If you're painting on a sunny day, it gets more complicated, and depends to some extent on which way the leaves and petals are pointing...

And often, when I feel like I'm really pushing the colors to extremes, when I step back, I find that it's not extreme after all...it really captures the reality better than not pushing it.

And of course, all this is when things are (I am) working well...which unfortunately, is not even half of the time!

CaryLetsche
07-17-2013, 01:50 PM
Lovely painting Lea. Your leaves look very life-like, and the main flower is just wonderful. I love your technique!

Lea51
07-17-2013, 03:34 PM
Thanks Cary!

Charlie's Mum
07-17-2013, 05:40 PM
Very pretty Lea - and full of life!

stalksthedawn
07-17-2013, 08:38 PM
It's gorgeous!!

Lea51
07-18-2013, 09:11 AM
Thanks Maureen!

And stalksthedawn, thank YOU for the beautiful reference photo! Since you took the photo, I'm especially glad that you like how the painting came out!

Paulafv
07-18-2013, 08:26 PM
Beautiful.

maryinasia
07-18-2013, 08:39 PM
beautiful!

Lea51
07-20-2013, 08:39 PM
Thanks!