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06-02-2014, 05:41 AM
Welcome to to June 2014 Plant Parade.

The theme of this month's painting frenzy is PEONIES. I had great show of peonies last month and I'm extending the season with this challenge.

• Reveal date: Not before June 25th
• Use any medium to get these beauties ready for the reveal date!
• Use the refs: that are posted here, in the RIL, or use your very own!
• If you have your own pics, please share.
• Share your discoveries and setbacks, but do not show your work until the 25th!!
• Check out the Greenie’s Room for chatting, too! All are invited there each month!!

Which is all about experimentation to stretch your imagination, and paint loosely to give an impression of the flower more than a realistic rendering.

Here are some suggested techniques – use one or all of them as you wish.

• Paint on a underpainting of a varied wash, in watercolour wet the paper and loosely paint or pour the colours to mingle on the paper - turning the paper if required to encourage the mingling. Look at the dried wash to see what shapes you can use for painting the flowers. In oils this can be achieved by using paint diluted with mineral spirits or turps to give a very thin wash. Water-soluble oils can be used diluted with water and used the same way – much less mess! For pastels cover the paper with pastel and use alcohol to create a wash.

• Paint your flowers and while the paint is still wet, use a piece of card or credit card to go over the painting pressing into the paint and dragging the card, to blur the outlines and mingle some of the colours. This can give some interesting results.

• At the end of the painting splash more colour over the painting, using a paintbrush, toothbrush or natural sponge.

Have fun this month, don’t necessary worry about the end result, it’s all about trying things out. If you have techniques of your own, please share.
When you post your paintings, let us know which techniques you have used and how you found the experience. Also post some of your work-in-progress pics with the final piece.





From the ref library








06-02-2014, 06:52 AM
Lovely flowers, Marion. The garden will be beautiful this month :thumbsup:

06-02-2014, 10:37 AM
One of the most gorgeous flowers on earth! I'm thrilled!

06-02-2014, 10:56 AM
Quite a challenge for this month and for me but will try one.

06-02-2014, 11:34 AM
Marion, this is worth waiting for!! Beautiful choice of flower this month and lots of thinking. . .:clear: :thumbsup: Have just bought a Jean Haines book and it is full of thoughts like this, so back to reading!! :lol:

Fun, fun, fun!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thanks for hosting this month, Marion!! :thumbsup:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

06-02-2014, 12:17 PM
I love peonies, well except for the ants :), I didn't play last month but don't see how I can resist this month. Have a couple of photographs to share:



Peonies around me haven't started to bloom, well maybe by the end of today they will (temp is going to be up toward 80 F) we had a cold winter and a cool spring so things have been a bit delayed.

I suppose I should try to upload these to the image library, in the meantime feel free to use them if you want.

Charlie's Mum
06-02-2014, 01:35 PM
Thanks Marion (and Kat for the extra images):)

Funny how I was thinking along these exact lines Marion - and have just set the acrylics June challenge using Impressionistic techniques!
I'll have fun here:D

06-02-2014, 02:59 PM
Welcome everyone. Glad you like the challenge and glad you are all on board.

Thanks Kat for the images. That one is called 'bowl of beauty' and is just like one of mine which travelled with me from my UK garden.

I tried a couple of peony paintings which were failures, so now I have an extra impetus to try again.

06-02-2014, 03:16 PM
Peonies...Positively Perfect...I'm in...at least I hope I am. :)

Vivien Maloney
06-02-2014, 03:42 PM
Marion - beautiful Peonies! Its morning Tuesday 3rd June here in NZ and Ive just checked out June's PP on my computer, and seen all these glorious Peonies. Great choice of flower. :clap: : They grow really well here in the far South, as they need cold Winters for the tubers to produce good flowers in the Spring (the same as Tulips). Looking forward to painting these.:thumbsup:

Here's another couple of Peonies from my garden last year. Everyone is welcome to use them if they want to.


06-02-2014, 08:42 PM
What a glorious flower, I have never seen them before. Looking forward to having a go. Thanks Marion.

Charlie's Mum
06-03-2014, 07:17 AM
A few years ago I painted ref #5 above - but not impressionistic-ally!:lol:

06-03-2014, 07:22 AM
All of these photographs are so lush and beautiful, seriously...I think I can smell their glorious fragrance. :)

06-03-2014, 07:30 AM
Hi Kathy, Viv and Meggs. Looking forward to seeing your creations.

Viv, thanks for the photos. Those peonies are gorgeous. Must look great IRL.

06-03-2014, 08:01 AM
Great photos of some lovely peonies!

06-03-2014, 10:42 AM
I LOVE peonies! I painted them once, but they came out stiff...trying to paint them more as suggestion than fine detail may very well be the answer!!! However, that IS a challenge for me! So this will be great! I've got some peony photos at home, will need to look them up and see if they're worth sharing! Otherwise, I'll use one of these lovelies!

Great challenge! I'm looking forward to this one!

And bless you all for coming up with challenges that keep my muse active! The Plant Parade Challenge was what got me out of my dry spell...and I think is keeping me out! Thank you all!

06-03-2014, 11:11 AM
What lovely photos! It will be very hard to choose just one. I'm looking forward to participating and seeing the lovely garden in a few weeks.

06-04-2014, 12:50 AM
I'm pleased with myself I have one done :lol:

Vivien Maloney
06-04-2014, 03:19 AM
Good grief Jean! That was super quick! Well done.

06-04-2014, 04:08 AM
When sleep doesn't come one has lots of time :lol:

Charlie's Mum
06-04-2014, 07:02 AM
Jean!!!! (I think that's against the rules!!!!!!!! - being early I mean, not not-sleeping!!!!!!!!!!!!!) :lol:

06-04-2014, 11:25 AM
Jean, you're just making me :eek: :thumbsup: :envy: :eek: :clap:

06-04-2014, 11:48 AM
Wow Jean. That was super quick.

06-05-2014, 11:50 AM
Jean, great job!! :clap: :clap: Now, if you would just sign my name on it, I won't have to work so hard!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :lol:

Sling paint this month, Peeps!!

Katherine :music: :music:

06-07-2014, 08:21 AM
WOW Jean......what a great idea.....when you can't sleep, you paint.....instead of 'flirting' with the girls on here......:lol: :lol: :lol: :evil:

06-07-2014, 11:21 AM
I'd rather read a good book than flirt with the girls Blue :lol:

06-07-2014, 05:08 PM

Good one, Jean!! Serves you right, Blue! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Katherine :music: :music:

06-07-2014, 06:34 PM
I know better then that Jean....I was telling you what I do when I can't sleep.... and the abusive responses I get back make me want to go back to bed....:lol: :lol: :lol:

especially the one with the 6 shooters and friend Tonto!.....:D


06-07-2014, 11:17 PM
especially the one with the 6 shooters and friend Tonto!.....:D


Try reading Zane Gray :lol: :D :lol:

Vivien Maloney
06-08-2014, 01:42 AM
:rolleyes: :lol: :lol: :lol: :evil: :evil: :evil: :thumbsup: I'm still laughing!

06-08-2014, 07:26 AM
'try reading Zane Gray'

I'm more into 'Playboy' magazine....and it also has educational pictures.....:evil: :lol: :clap:

back to flowers.....flirting over in the chat room....sorry Maureen, but sometime the 'girls' get carried away!......:smug: :D

Charlie's Mum
06-08-2014, 02:14 PM
:o:o:o .......... I'm so shocked .......... back to painting flowers ;)

06-08-2014, 02:58 PM
oops , sorry forgot where I was :angel:

Charlie's Mum
06-08-2014, 04:46 PM

06-09-2014, 10:04 AM
Well, I didn't get to paint this weekend, but I did find a photo of my own to use as a reference, so I'm good to go next weekend! I'm looking forward to the day in the near future when I can paint on week days!!!

06-09-2014, 11:16 AM
Lea....you have to have Gov Chrisse declare a 'painting holiday'!..:D

06-10-2014, 01:55 AM
Hi All, to all those non sleepers out there, a person in the know once told me the best way to deal with insomnia, was to do the ironing :lol:
personally Jean Id rather paint to.

I have one completed, but have strayed off the PP to complete a 1.2x1.0 m canvas at present. Need a new floral to give my downstairs room some Zing.

I love this months flower, wish I could grow them here. :wave:

06-10-2014, 11:59 AM
Oh gorgeous flowers!

Charlie's Mum
06-10-2014, 01:14 PM
I think I've finished my Diff Strokes, so maybe now I can to this 'Impressionist' piece!:lol:

Vivien Maloney
06-10-2014, 03:54 PM
Ah Meryl, the benefit of living way down here at the bottom of the world (well not quite) is being able to grow all those flowers that need cold Winters to set the flowers. Its a dubious benefit I think! But we do grow wonderful Peony Roses, Tulips etc down here in the deep South.

Have begun mine with a poured wash to make it loose and impressionistic. Oh dear, doesnt look good at the moment! You cant even tell that its a flower :confused: It can only improve....I hope. :D :rolleyes: :evil:

Charlie's Mum
06-10-2014, 04:26 PM
My problem will be to avoid getting 'tight' with the flowers!:lol:

06-12-2014, 11:38 AM
I'm with you Maureen...I always get too focused on the details:( ...so this morning I decided to give the turps wash beginning a try...took a WIP photo, but I'm too impatient to let it dry!!! :eek: I only have so much time, I need to keep going! I took the day off to paint, and I'd like to finish today...silly me.:lol:

I tried running the hair dryer over it, and that didn't help, so I thought I'd post something to give it a little more drying time before I continue...wish me luck, because I sure will need it!:wink2:

06-12-2014, 01:14 PM
Patience, Lea!! I am telling you that, so that I will remember, too! :lol: When they said that 'it was like watching paint dry', they were not a watercolorist, that is for sure! :lol:

Off to paint!!

Hugs, Peeps, Katherine :music: :music:

Vivien Maloney
06-12-2014, 04:25 PM
Oh Marion, oh Marion, why did you give me the idea that I could do a loose watercolor painting?:rolleyes: :eek:
I guess there are various definitions of "loose" (dont answer that Blue!:lol: ) but my definition is a huge blob of multi-colored watercolor that looks more like an alien than a flower. :eek:
So I thought, I'll add some darks values to it. Aha, I thought, thats clever, that will improve it....it didnt! I now have an Alien eating his blue speckled lunch! :eek:
I've left it for a while to think about it. :confused:
I take my hat off to all those of you who can do "loose" flower painting that actually looks like a flower! :lol: :music: :thumbsup:

06-12-2014, 08:41 PM
Yeah well. Im with you all...
I really tried Marion, I did!... all I managed was a bloody mess.

Guess I just have to live with the fact, Ill never be "Loose" :angel:

06-13-2014, 02:02 PM
Even my turps-thinned layer wasn't all that loose...I keep telling myself to back off, but I keep working furiously only to recall that I'm not supposed to be worrying about details! Ah well, I'm about ready to stop, as soon as I get all the background all the way up to the flowers!

Vivien Maloney
06-13-2014, 03:54 PM
Thats lucky Lea!
Honestly, mines getting worse, if thats possible. I keep adding watery paint to it to see if I can salvage it, but Im only making it worse! I have a feeling, there will be no entry from me in this months PP!

06-14-2014, 11:13 AM
Vivien - I finished mine last week, and I think it looks like something an 8 year old would have done. Thought about not posting it, but then I decided what the heck! I can give everyone a good laugh. :D

Vivien Maloney
06-14-2014, 03:40 PM
Sandy - I know exactly what you mean! I dont think I was ever meant to paint so loosely!
Oh dear, its not good.:eek:
Ive done all I can to it...Ive added water, then watery paint, scrubbed it with a heavy bristle brush, and then finally ran it under the tap. Ive achieved some sort of "loose"...what sort will be in the viewers eyes!
I comfort myself with the fact that members will know its meant to be a Peony Rose as thats what this Plant Parade is all about. :angel:
Ive finished it (I think:confused: ) and it will now go in my deepest, darkest cupboard until the 25th and after that I hope to never set eyes on it again!
Well Marion, you did ask us to paint loosely!!! :confused: :eek: :evil: :angel: :lol:

06-14-2014, 06:21 PM
I showed mine to my sister and explained that I was supposed to be painting loose, and she just laughed, and said she doesn't think I'm capable of painting loose. Oh well... I just can't help focusing on details.

06-14-2014, 10:44 PM
Loose is not in my painting vocabulary but I tried :D
Even tried real wc but so far all I have is a big mess :lol:

06-14-2014, 10:49 PM
Scatty posted a link to a wc tutorial over in WDE here it is if anyone is interested I thought it quite interesting :D


Vivien Maloney
06-15-2014, 01:28 AM
Thank you Jean!
Excellent video and I'd already done everything she suggested but mine is so unlike hers...mine's painful! :rolleyes:
I think the problem with mine is, I painted a close-up Peony and wanted to show it was a Peony and not some other flower. Unfortunately, I kept on trying to show more detail in it.....and that's where my problems begun!:eek:
I've looked at it again today, and I think it's postable....just! It will come with a warning....I don't want anyone scared for life as they view it!:rolleyes: lol :lol:

Charlie's Mum
06-15-2014, 12:40 PM
Oh dear - I'm reading this and haven't yet started mine - and now I'm full of trepidation!:lol:

Lea - I think you might have been a 'looser woman' ;);) - with thicker paint and a BIG brush (on your small square canvas!;):D
It's advice I should try!:rolleyes: - cos reading of the water probs, I'd better not even go there! :D

I bet they're all great! :envy:

Vivien Maloney
06-17-2014, 02:39 AM
Maureen - I have no doubt that whatever you paint it will look wonderful! :thumbsup:
I've been scanning mine and re-sizing it into my files for posting on the 25th, and I've discovered that it looks ok smaller! Maybe I can post it really small, so no-one can see it properly? It's a good thought! I will wait and see. :evil:
The problem is I always get to post first, so I have no idea how wonderful everyone's "loose" Peony Roses paintings will be! That's the down side of being the first country in the world to see the light of a new day. But...I have a solution....Dewi and Meryl and Maureen, can post first this time!!! Yes! !!!!!!:thumbsup: :music: :angel: :lol:
And by the time that they have posted, I will have worked up enough courage to post mine! Clever eh, don't you think Meryl and Maureen and maybe Marion too?:lol: :evil::D :o :lol:

06-17-2014, 05:32 AM
Checked out the link, Yeah I did all that....... Ended up with a bloody mess on my sideboard and no paint on the canvas......:(
Buggar loose.... Im staying tight.... :lol:

AND, mine dont look to crash hot either.... more like kiddy stuff. I sorta got side tracked and what Im working on looks BONZER!!!!

Charlie's Mum
06-17-2014, 11:19 AM
Lol Viv - good idea ;) ......... 'course, mine's not done yet!:lol:

Meryl - I've translated your post - :lol::lol: :lol:

06-20-2014, 12:53 PM
Hi everyone,
I think i'm like Lea and Viv trying to paint loose but since it is quite a close-up ...I had painted those petals by layers and it gets darker and darker.
Expecting to paint another one but no time now.
So lets see the 25th is Wednesday, hmmmm after you Viv and Megg lol.

06-20-2014, 12:55 PM
Oh by the way mine looks like tulip Viv :D oops

Vivien Maloney
06-21-2014, 03:33 AM
Oh well, I've attempted another one! This one is very loose and looks as if a little kid has been puddling in the paint! :eek:
Dewi, mine could be a Tulip or anything at all! :rolleyes:
Marion, you did request loose! Be careful what you wish for! :angel: :evil: :eek: :lol:

06-21-2014, 05:23 AM
Seems like you've all been having fun!

Jean, thanks for the video link, that was a good demo.

I've finished one, but it's hard to get the soft edges with a palette knife. So although it doesn't have a lot of detail, it looks 'tight'.

Hoping to have time to try another.

Charlie's Mum
06-21-2014, 12:10 PM
Still haven't done mine ... but ... came home today and my peonies are just opening - good timing eh? :D

Vivien Maloney
06-23-2014, 03:33 PM
Maureen - what good timing....your Peonies coming into flower at the same time as this "Peonies" PP.

ONE DAY TO GO BEFORE THE 25th for us in the southern part of the world I dont think Ive ever felt so nervous about posting my Peony painting results! :eek:

06-23-2014, 05:52 PM
Viv :eek:... you'll have to kick off, Im not quite finished. I decided I didnt like the first so doing another one....
Thought Id better give you warning...:angel:

Vivien Maloney
06-24-2014, 12:36 AM
Oh heck! :eek:

06-24-2014, 12:58 AM
There There Viv, she'll be right mate.... lol

06-24-2014, 10:58 AM
Dang, I had three tries but never really got there to a impressionist one ,now I have lost one in my messy computer :evil:

Vivien Maloney
06-24-2014, 03:23 PM
Good morning everyone, and it looks like it's time for me to post. :rolleyes:
Peony Roses are such big multi-petaled, heavy flowers, and trying to get the form of them "loosely" I found very difficult.
I think this would be the first time in all the years of entering the PP that I've been very hesitant about whether to post my results or not...but I thought "oh well, just do it" so here's my try at "loose" watercolor Peonies.

My first 2 are 25cm x 20cm - watercolor on Bockingford paper


And this one is a pastel that I did a couple of years ago. I was more in my comfort zone with this one!
Pastel on Mi-Teintes dark red
paper 20x25cm

Charlie's Mum
06-24-2014, 06:32 PM
Sorry I couldn't post before you Viv :evil: - but I've just finished and had to wait for it to dry so I could can!

Your paintings are lovely and i like the second Imp one particularly .... I can see where you wanted to define in the first!:lol: - I know that feeling so well! :eek:

The pastel is lovely.

Here's mine - done wet in wet, then negative a la the video - or tried to do it that way!

6x8", watercolours on w/c paper - with a little white acrylic ink to bring back some lost highlights!:rolleyes:


Couldn't do the ones in the garden - much too complex!!!

06-24-2014, 06:42 PM
Here I is Viv, not far behind you...:lol:

Marion, before I post let me say... Im not a loose painter, I never shall be a loose painter so ..I PIKED :lol:

Here is my peonie, the loosest I got was a blow job with a straw. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jun-2014/200778-June_Forum_Peonie.JPG

Vivien Maloney
06-24-2014, 06:45 PM
Maureen - "had to wait for it to dry" eh! :evil: :lol: :lol:
Yours is lovely Maureen. :thumbsup:
Well, at least we both gave the watercolor technique "loose" a good try....I think you see where I struggled too!:rolleyes: Not easy to paint a big, heavy flower as the Peony is, in a loose, impressionist style! But cheers for us...we did!

Meryl - We've cross-posted. I've just looked at yours....yes, you piked alright!:evil: But you've painted a lovely Peony! :thumbsup:

06-24-2014, 07:34 PM
Here's my efforts for this month , AR as always :D



As close as I could get to impressionist style :o

This from my own photo and in my comfort zone :lol:

I'll be back later to comment as it's supper time now :lol:

06-24-2014, 08:15 PM
Viv, lovely colours on all three and really like that old time look on your pastel peonies

Maureen looks great both colour and flower

Meggs pike away it looks great

Now back to clean up the kitchen and wash the dishes :lol:

06-24-2014, 10:01 PM
Well.....Viv n Mum, Loose Ladies you be....

Viv I really like the 2nd, but the 1st without the overflow would be great to. I rather like the effect of the blurring of detail...

Mum as usual yours is :thumbsup: is there nothing you cant do with a brush.

Jean, beautiful, your a master with that Art Rage..

This exercise taught me something I have been struggling with, laying in highlights on petals. I could never get it looking natural...

A straw has joined my arsenal of paint tools..

Marion ...Thank you for solving a problem I have been struggling with....:clap:

Vivien Maloney
06-25-2014, 12:42 AM
Jean - so delicate! You are certainly a Master with Artrage!

06-25-2014, 01:37 AM
Good morning everyone, thank you Marion for hosting this month, should have more time, so many peonies I would like to paint.

You are doing fine with Peonies Viv, Maureen and Megg will comment later.
Here is mine with acrylic on stretched canvas size 40x40 cm
Tried to be loose but only got this far, colours and light owed them to the camera :lol:
Thanks to Jean, justjean for her beautiful Red Peoniy ref at RIL.
Thank you for looking :wave:

06-25-2014, 02:00 AM
Dewi gorgeous... and I love the negative space.

06-25-2014, 03:36 AM
Viv, both are lovely, I like the first one and the pastel is interesting in style and colours.

Maureen, love it especially the negative space and would like to see how you paint the flower too. Edges on my w/c always rough and forgot to wet the paper most of the time. :D

Megg, it is lovely and I like your leaves they look loose and very nice edges esp where it meets the dark blue negative space....very well done.

Jane, thank you for your beautiful red peonies and your red one is perfect love the others too, so smooth very very lovely.

Looking forward for the others to join us :wave:

06-25-2014, 09:23 AM
Viv, Maureen, Meggs, Jean and Dewi - fantastic 'loose' paintings everyone! Congrats on everyone who doesn't paint loose and did paint for the challenge!

06-25-2014, 10:02 AM
Hello everyone! Hard to believe it's the 25th already. What lovely peonies so far.

Vivien - Well done! You nailed it on the second one. :clap:

Maureen - You made a heavy peony look light and airy. Beautiful!

Meggs - Don't know what "piked" means but got a good chuckle from your use of the words "blow job"! :evil: Your painting is lovely in its simplicity.

Jean - You've really captured the softness of the petals. Bravo!

Dewi - Great highlights and movement in the background. Lovely!

This is acrylic 11x14 on canvas board. Thank you for hosting, Marion. Looking forward to next month's challenge!


06-25-2014, 10:22 AM
Wow, there are so many beautiful peonies. You all do such beautiful work. I am embarrassed to post mine. But I wanted to challenge myself, so here it is. I did mine in pastel with a watercolor underpainting, 9 in by 12 in on Wallis Museum sanded paper. It should be immediately obvious that I am not a watercolor painter. Here is the underpainting:

Here is the final after adding the pastel:

06-25-2014, 12:24 PM
Here's my effort for this month of this lovely flower. Only had time for one, done in acrylics. Must say there are some beauties posted here already. :clap:

06-25-2014, 01:41 PM
Viv, this is wonderful!! Love the softness of the first one and the center draws me in!! The second one is great, too! The third one is in your comfort zone and is a beauty, but I like the other two’s splash effect!! :clap:

Maureen, wow, love the bg greens!! The flower is beckoning us to ‘look at me. . .look at me’!! Love the little sprinkles, too! Beautiful job!! :thumbsup:

Meryl, GF, you did great!! I agree with you, loose paintings are for people that are not left-brained!! What size is this beauty? Love the negative painting!! :heart:

Jean, you did a fabulous job on all three!! Love them all!! :cat:

Dewi, love your bg!! Maybe this is a dancer Peony! I can see it moving and swaying!! Love the colors, too! Great job, GF!! :clap:

Sandy, way to go!! What a splash of color on this Peony!! A beauty!! :thumbsup:

Vicky, welcome to the Floral Plant Parade!! We welcome you with open arms!! Great job!! Love the lushness of the flower and the way it flows!! Never be concerned about what you post, we are all on a learning curve, so pull your shoulders back and know we are so glad to have you with us!!! Be sure to check out the Greenie’s Room and have a chat with us!! :clap:

Lil, oh, I just love the garden full of Peonies!! Wonderful highlights on the different petals! Beautiful job!! Size? :cat:

:o I have to confess, I have been at a Convention and I have nothing to show this month. . .again!! :crying: I will paint the one that I have and show you when I get it finished!

Impressive job, GF's!!! Where are the men this month? :clear:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

06-25-2014, 01:43 PM
Dewi, love your red peony, that was a special plant for me as my daughter gave it to me :thumbsup:

Babli21 a lovely soft peony

vlchristensen lovely shapes to those great petals

ArtsyMom a wonderful painting of the peonies in the garden

Charlie's Mum
06-25-2014, 02:05 PM
I've had a good look at these beauties and see another luscious garden growing!:)

I'll comment individually later as we'll be away until Saturday and I must go make dinner now .... but I do love to see the individual interpretations - whatever the medium and however 'loose' or not they may be.

Later I'll try to fish out a couple of peony paintings I made some time ago - one is from one of the refs Marion gave and already painted by some.

Meggsy dear - 'blow job' is a very rude expression in England ;) ;) ;) - obviously not in USA otherwise the filter would be working!:lol:

06-25-2014, 03:22 PM
Meggsy dear - 'blow job' is a very rude expression in England ;) ;) ;) - obviously not in USA otherwise the filter would be working!:lol:

It is in Canada and I think it is in the US also, Maureen

06-25-2014, 03:31 PM
Mumsie Dear it is here to .. but you know me... just couldnt resist :evil:

My Daddy use to say, nothings good nor bad, less you think it so.... Maybe the Yanks just dont have such "earthy" minds :lol::lol::lol:

I so love the posts, what wonderful Peonies... Well done Everyone :clap:

Vivien Maloney
06-25-2014, 03:56 PM
Yes Meryl. I saw your comment "blow job" and was politely and primly ignoring it. :angel:

Be back later to comment on all the wonderful new paintings.

06-25-2014, 07:07 PM
What a challenge...but I see lots of good stuff so far!

Viv, those watercolors look pretty loose to me...I love the bright colors in the second one. And as someone else pointed out, the third one does have an antique-y look. Nice

Maureen, I love the background! and the flower is nice and airy!

meggs, lovely painting, loose or not! And I'm not the one to comment on loose, which you'll understand when you see mine...

Jean, I imagine it might be difficult to turn the paper digitally...however, you've done a lovely job with the loose paintings. I especially like the first one in terms of suggesting rather than detailing. But I like the colors better in the second one.

Dewi, I love the contrast between the flower and the background! Such a bright, lovely piece!

Sandy, What a lovely flower...very much suggesting rather than spelling out!

Vicky, I'm glad you posted the WIP with it...it's always cool to see how things started and then where they ended up!

Lil, What a lovely flower meadow. So cheerful! Seems like the flowers are nice and loose, but the background has more detail...well done detail, I must say!

I'll post my painting separately from these comments, because I want to include a few WIPs...

06-25-2014, 07:18 PM
OK, here's the first layer...I used a big brush, thinned oils, and didn't draw anything but a few guidelines first:


It's 12x9", oil on gessobord. After the wash was done, I switched to the palette knife, which I used for the rest of the time...thinking it would keep things a bit looser...Here's the next step, with the reference photo next to it, and the background roughed in mostly:


And this is almost finished...you can see it's getting less and less loose:


And here's the finished piece:


So, is that loose enough?

06-25-2014, 07:18 PM
It is a rude expression in the U.S. also but I took it the way Meggs meant it to be.

I am curious as to how you used the straw though and on what part of the painting. I know watercolorists use this method but I thought you were using acrylics. Just my curiosity ya know!?

Lovely paintings everyone and one of my favorite flowers. I know I say 'favorite' about most flowers, but I like most flowers. :o :lol:

06-25-2014, 07:28 PM
I finished my painting today- I worked from a photo I took of blooms in my yard this year.
Perfect timing for this challenge! :lol: They are such beautiful flowers.

This is acrylic on canvasboard, 12"x12"

06-25-2014, 07:42 PM
What lovely work everyone has posted!

Viv, love your watercolors - so soft & fresh! And the pastel one is magnificient! Looks like an old-world Master! Well done!

Maureen, you captured some wonderful lighting and colors in yours, beautiful piece!

Meggs, it is hard to paint loosly, isn't it? (I have that problem too) but your peopny is just lovely!

Jean, love the look of yours. The colors in that first one are so muted and subtle, perfect background for your soft lavender peony. Very serene. the red one jumps off the page!

Dewi- bold & beautiful! Great color selections!

Sandy, I like your loose style & soft colors, it suits this big bloom.

Vicky, kudos on your underpainting & final results - very pretty!

ArtsyMom, Your peonies sing with color and look very happy in their garden setting! Nice composition.

Lea, gorgeous! Really enjoyed your WIP photos, too. Its always interesting to watch a painting come to life!

I'm looking forward to seeing more posts!

06-25-2014, 11:20 PM
Well, everyone's works are just outstanding, and not quite done with mine so here it is a WIP...should finish tomorrow so hope no one makes a fast gallery :D (Chuckling over Meggs' remark about the straw...men say BJ but only to themselves and never in mixed company) :lol:

Size is 11x15 watercolor on Italia cold press paper, a white peony and bloom.


06-26-2014, 02:43 AM
Hi everyone. Sorry for not popping in yesterday but it was one of those days. An air traffic controllers strike and people trying to arrive for their holidays in the apartments, so didn't have the chance. I still need to photograph mine, so will do that asap.

Not sure what you were worried about. I love the first one - nice and dreamy and the second good composition and Nice ethereal look. Good one from before.

Maureen Nice with just enough suggestion to define the flower.Like the touch of splashed paint.

Meggs Oh My! What a beauty and glad you learnt something new.

Jean As usual envious of the way you can use AR. Lovely

Dewi Gorgeous - Love the swirly background and that blue makes the red/pink pop.

Sandy I can feel the fullness of the flower. Well done.

Vicky The loose underpainting is a good way to start and you've produced a nice and lively flower.

Lil It's as though you were standing in my garden to paint this. Very nice.

Lea Glad you stopped when you did:lol: Perfect.

Pat Just gorgeous.

Kay This looks well on the way to being another one of your superb creations.

Thanks all for joining in the spirit of the challenge. Everyone has done so well.

06-26-2014, 09:56 AM
Thank you Marion for hosting and the beautiful peonies for this month. Thank you for your comments and everyone else. Loved seeing the different versions on the flower all lovely. Looking forward to next month's challenge.

06-26-2014, 10:49 AM
Pat, that is just plain gorgeous :clap: :clap:

Thanks to Marion for getting or trying to get us out of our comfort zone :lol: and thanks to all for the lovely comments :wave:

06-26-2014, 01:37 PM
Pat, it's beautiful! Essence of peonie--full, lush, and gorgeous color!

Kay, can't wait to see the finished piece!

06-26-2014, 04:09 PM
I just had to give this one a go. Peonies are among my favorite flowers. I used a reference from CharM that I downloaded some time ago with the purpose of painting it sometime in the future. The future is now. :) I cropped the reference a bit and also simplified the petals somewhat. I guess I can't paint something without making some changes in the reference. :D But I really did enjoy painting this one.

This is done in acrylics on 16 x 20 canvas:


All C&C welcome and encouraged!

I'll be back later to comment on all the wonderful entries. It's gonna be quite a gallery.

06-26-2014, 04:27 PM
Beautiful paintings from you all! I'm out of town this week until Sat. I'm gonna try and upload from phone. We shall see how that goes! Both are 9x12 watercolors/140lb. There is third one but may have to wait until I am home again. Much love to you!




06-26-2014, 04:44 PM
Judy, what a stunner! Glorious color!

Chana, I love them both! Clearly, you've got painting loose down pat! These are exactly what I think of when I think of painting loose...shame I can't quite manage to get that loose myself!

06-27-2014, 09:11 AM
Judy, that is gorgeous! And at 16x20, it's a statement. Bravo!

Chana, so soft and loose. Really lovely!

06-27-2014, 11:32 AM
Lea, beautiful!! Love your leaves, too!! Great job, GF!! :clap:

Pat, drool. . .beautiful work!! Love the up-close and personal view!! Love the movement, too!! :thumbsup:

Kay, quit teasing. . .hurry!!! :eek: :cat:

Judy, so glad it was ‘time’ to paint this beauty!!! Wow and wow!! :clap:

Chana, oh, I am in love with your first one!! It will be beautiful on someone’s wall!! Great choice!! Your second one is a beauty, too, and very loose!! Way to go, GF!! :wave:

The Garden will be beautiful this month, Peeps!! Wonderful Peonies!! :clap: :clap:

Katherine :music: :music:

06-27-2014, 07:29 PM
Now to try and comment, I find this really hard to do as my computer wont stack pages... So forgive if I miss anyone...

Sandy, Lovely and loose, yet detail is there.. Love the touch of green and the background.

Vicky,, great to have you joining us, really appreciate the WIP photo...
I dont work with pastels but what a lovely painting... Love everything about it..shading and movment in the petals... Top Job :clap:

Lil...You aced it... beautiful comp, beautiful painting..:thumbsup:

Lea.... Thanks for the WIP's.... I really find seeing how others approach a painting very beneficial . This is a beautiful piece, it is loose but its all there also in detail... Love your backgound leaves also..

Pat glorious flower, I wish I could turn out Petals lke that..... great to have you with us. Please dont forget where we are!!

Kay hurry up and finish, this looks like a winner. I see you draw in your sketch.. Lucky you... I cant draw for nuts so have given up.. I work better freehand with the brush

Judy ... another winner... Loose and detailed.. cant ask for better..Honestly sometimes I feel like giving up on Florals... I think its actually probably one of the hards subjects.

Chana... I hate you (said with love) .. Honestly you seem, to do everything so effortlessly... These are Magic:clap:

Thanks for your kind comments on mine, I shall keep trying and trying, I win one and I loose more... but Thanks to you ladies, Im learning...
Lov you all, and yes, re my comment on blowing straws and job.... Yep I do like to stir the pot.... Hey its an Aussie thing....:lol::lol::lol:

Vivien Maloney
06-27-2014, 11:35 PM
Meryl - You certainly keep us on our toes....never know what you are going to come out with next!!!! :eek: But we do love you! :evil::lol: :lol:

Vivien Maloney
06-27-2014, 11:38 PM
Dewi - Beautiful red Peony and I love that background!

Sandy and Vicky - congrats on going loose. You both have produced lovely "loose" pink Peonies! Well done.

Lil - Those Peonies in their garden setting look so lovely!

Lea - Very nice work! Beautiful and thanks for including your WIP's.

Pat - Gorgeous flower!

Kay - Yours is going to be wonderful. Iove the little bits of it you have shown us - cant wait to see it finished.

Judy - Oh that’s so luscious! Lovely, rich Peony.

Oh, Chana, Chana, Chana! You are the absolute master of loose watercolor painting!
Gorgeous work and you could certainly teach me lots about "loose" watercolor!

Great work from everyone!

Marion, thank you for Hosting. You certainly shoved me out of my comfort zone, but it was fun!:D

I wonder what next month will bring??? :evil: :rolleyes: :D ;)

06-27-2014, 11:44 PM
Finally done with my white peony and blossom! Here it is:

11x15 watercolor on Italia 140 lb paper
C&C welcome :thumbsup:

Vivien Maloney
06-27-2014, 11:49 PM
Kay - we cross-posted.
How gorgeous is that!!! Superb work! Love it! :clap:

06-28-2014, 12:59 AM
Brilliant Kay.... I hate you to :lol::lol:

Viv dont encourage me, I can get up to enough mischief ..:music:.All By Myself :music:

Im a lucky gal, I have 3 men here at the moment... pity its only for the plumbing :clear:

06-28-2014, 10:19 AM
Thank you everyone for your kind word on my "Dancing Peony" thanks Katherine for the nice name :)

Sandy, lovely work and love your pink too.

Vicky, beautiful finish nice colours too.

Lil, lovely one and I like how you painted your foliage too.

Lea, you are very good with your palette knife, it is beautiful and with knife you could make those round petals smooth and well in form. love it.

Pat, very well done with your layer of complicate petals.

Judy, yes it is glorious.

Chana, both are loose and very lovely.

Kay, love yours it's outstanding.

It is still June.... looking forward to see some more peonies :wave:

06-28-2014, 11:46 AM
Kay - really delightful! I love how you use wc!

06-28-2014, 01:17 PM
I finally have time to comment on all the lovelies posted this month.

Viv...all three are beauties. You managed to combine looseness with just enough definition. :thumbsup:

Maureen....what a beauty! I love the lively brushwork!

Meryl...you got much closer to loose than I did. Great color! So what does "piked" mean? Is that an Aussie expression? (she says hoping it doesn't make her look a fool. :o )

Jean....all three are lovely! I especially like the second and third. Great color and so delicate in the 2nd and wonderful, deep color and form in the 3rd. :clap:

Dewi...exquisite peony. Great color in the flower and really different background. :thumbsup:

Sandy....lovely! Really looks impressionistic! :clap:

Vicki...beautiful pastel work! Good depth and color differentiation in the petals! :thumbsup:

Lil....I like the natural liveliness in yours. I can almost feel the breeze blowing the blossoms!

Lea....absolutely gorgeous! The is certainly loose enough for me! Wonderful palette knife work! :thumbsup:

Pat....Gorgeous closeup view! You captured the delicateness of the petals beautifully! :clap:

Chana....two beautiful loose paintings, both loose but with lovely color!

Kay...your finish is certainly worth the wait! Really lovely! The contrast between the deep colors in the background and your gorgeous white blossom is so dramatic!

I hope I haven't missed anyone. If I have, someone please let me know.

Superb painting everyone!

06-28-2014, 01:54 PM
Judy, Yes it is an Aussie-izm, meaning Chickened out... and no you dont sound like a fool.... I think we make em up as we go along over here. :lol::lol:

06-28-2014, 05:21 PM
Kay, wow and wow!! This looks like the older paintings that I love that you paint!! It is so wonderful and so full of colors!! It was worth the wait!! :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

06-28-2014, 08:00 PM
Kay, what stunning colors...they make a great foil for that lovely white peony! Just gorgeous!

06-29-2014, 04:55 AM
That is such a gorgeous photo, Vivien! It looks like a painting in itself!!

Charlie's Mum
06-29-2014, 12:07 PM
Gosh! I do have a lot to catch up on!

Meryl - The colours here are lovely - don'y know where the blowing came in!!!;) ... but whatever, I like the result!:)

Jean, these are all lovely - so delicately done! Colours are gorgeous - partic. in that last one - mmmmm!.:)

Dewi - lovely vibrant reds and lots of movement .... painting loose isn't at all easy! :eek:. Nice work.

Sandy - such very pretty colours in this. Like it!:)

Vicky - welcome to the PP!:) I actually like the underpainting you did, it holds the sparkly sunlight beautifully! .... nice pastel finish too, still light and sunny!:)

Lil - how pretty this garden scene is! The light on the big flower is gorgeous!

Lea -what a lovely piece! I liked seeing all the stages and the result is super! Great light and looseness! Love this!

Pat - this really catches and holds the sun! It's a lovely painting, full of life.

Kay - love the start - the colours are magical and I study to see how you get them!
The finished piece is a real beauty - those clear hard edges, so clean and pure - and then more of the beautiful colour mixes.

Judy - such a vibrant flower - the red is brilliant!

Chana - your work is magic! I love the little touches and defining moments of strong colour against the loose wet-in-wet of the flowers. Gorgeous! :envy:

I think I've got you all in!

Please let me know if I've missed someone ......... it's such a pleasure to see all these lovely works.

Thank you for the comments on mine:)

Here's a piece I did a few years ago, in acrylic inks, of sunlit peonies - reasonably loose!:D


And here's a small version of a 20x20" painting I did in acrylics on canvas - again a few years ago, and of one of the refs given us this PP ........ as you can see, not loose at all!:lol:


06-29-2014, 12:52 PM
Mum..... Superb as usual... I love the definition you acheive in your florals.

I have always found it difficult to get that subtle shift in colour in petals. Ive tried many ways, yet it always looks unatural to me.. Using a narrow straw and a wash, I was able to blow directional and for the first time was happy with the outcome.
Its not a good photo to show this, Im finding it hard to find the right place and time of day in the new place. Either its to much light or not enough.

I took this one today, too much light...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jun-2014/200778-forum_002.JPG

06-29-2014, 02:06 PM
Maureen, both are stunning pieces! I love the vividness of the color of the acrylic inks - I've never used them but you have tempted me! The sky is especially gorgeous.

Your second one is gorgeous too! Hmm, could I "borrow" your second one and hang it in my living room alongside mine? I think they'd look nice together!

06-29-2014, 03:36 PM
Third time trying to post:evil: Gremlins are busy tonight.


"Bowl of Beauties, Peony still life painting"
oil palette knife painting
20x20cm (8x8") on deep box canvas.

Not as loose as I would have liked, but fairly pleased with it.

06-29-2014, 03:44 PM
Violetta Love those swirly petals.

Chana The queen of loose. Nice bottles in the first.

Kay Drooling!

Maureen Thanks for sharing your oldies. I seem to remember having a version of that first one in pastels somewhere.

Charlie's Mum
06-29-2014, 03:59 PM
Wow Marion - I could wish my attempts at knife painting were half as good!
This is beautifully loose - and well, just beautiful throughout!
The title says it all!

Thanks again for hosting and planting a lovely garden for June!:D

Vivien Maloney
06-29-2014, 04:04 PM
Maureen - gorgeous flowers!!!
Marion - yours is too! I wish I could paint loosely like that!
Thank you for Hosting Marion. :clap:

06-29-2014, 05:11 PM
Marion, your palette knife painting is absolutely amazing! I like everything about it, the gorgeous background and the lovely blossoms. Stunning! I just may have to try that sometime.

Maureen you certainly can produce beauties in both acrylic inks and paint. Both these are gorgeous. I'm hard pressed to decide which I like better!

Thank you everyone who commented on my painting and thank you Marion for a superb floral challenge . It has been such fun and produced lovely paintings,

06-29-2014, 08:18 PM
Marion ...brilliant.... :clap::clap:

06-30-2014, 12:03 AM
Wow, Maureen, what showstoppers!! Love them both!! :clap:

Marion, great job!! :thumbsup: Thank you for being the hostess this month!! :wave:

Viv, get ready!! Set!! Gooooooooooo!!! :crossfingers: :crossfingers: :crossfingers:

Peeps, a beautiful Garden this month!!!

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

06-30-2014, 07:41 AM
Thanks everyone for the comments on mine. And a big THANK YOU to you all for joining in and producing such lovely paintings. I know some of you found the painting challenge difficult (though you wouldn't really know it!), but I hope that you have taken away something that you can use in your next paintings.:clap: :clap: :clap:

Collage to follow.

06-30-2014, 07:45 AM


06-30-2014, 12:55 PM
WOW! Those look stunning all together. Great job everyone.

06-30-2014, 01:38 PM
Impressive, Peeps!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

Charlie's Mum
06-30-2014, 05:46 PM
The 'Garden' is truly lovely! Thank you Marion:D

06-30-2014, 06:09 PM
Thank you for the lovely comments. Even what Meggs said! Here's one from few years ago when I was still using acrylics. It is from the RIL. 18x24/canvas



Vivien Maloney
06-30-2014, 07:24 PM
Marion - Thanks for Hosting and the great Gallery! It was an experience trying to paint very loosely and impressionistically but I'm glad I gave it a try. So thanks for pushing me out of my comfort zone! :clap:

The July Plant Parade is now open.:D

06-30-2014, 08:57 PM
Once again a lovely gallery is put up for us to see how lovely everyone's flowers are. Thank you Marion for hosting.

06-30-2014, 10:52 PM
Marion Thanks for a great challenge last month and the Gallery. They always look so fantastic when they are all put together... :clap:

07-01-2014, 03:44 AM
Chana, wow, it is so beautiful!!! Way to go, GF!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Katherine :music: :music:

Charlie's Mum
07-01-2014, 09:29 AM
Chana - that really is a beauty ......don't think I remember seeing it before?

07-01-2014, 11:56 AM
Gorgeous paintings everyone. I'd like to include the collage of all the paintings on a post on my blog. Is that okay? Not sure if something is not in the reference library if there is a copyright issue or not. I still have the reference photograph I chose, one of these days I'll get to it. :wink2:

07-01-2014, 12:18 PM
Kathy I normally include a post when I host. No one had objections last year. I am sure it will be OK as WC is in the public domain for all to see.

With that in mind, if anyone does have a problem with me posting the collage, please let me know.

Charlie's Mum
07-01-2014, 12:52 PM
Kathy, perhaps include a link to this thread when you post in the Blog, that way, each member will be acknowledged .... can't see there should be any objections :)

07-04-2014, 03:23 AM
This is my first time posting a picture- please forgive me if I've done it all wrong. This is a pastel I did of an arrangement I made using peonies I planted and grew in my yard. It is only the 3rd pastel picture I've ever done- actually only the 3rd of any art work I've ever done so any comments or critiques would be helpful and welcome. Thanks so much. The size is 18x24.

Vivien Maloney
07-04-2014, 04:03 AM
Geej - welcome to Wet Canvas and the Plant Parade!
Lovely Peony painting. Looking forward to seeing more of your paintings.

Charlie's Mum
07-04-2014, 01:54 PM
Geej - welcome - that's a really intricate painting you've done .. very well composed and organised (a complex composition) and beautifully observed.
For only your 3rd art work? - wow! you have talent!:)

A little tip for showing - try to crop all the surrounding stuff out of your picture so viewers can concentrate only on your painting!:)

07-04-2014, 09:06 PM
Thank you...I will post and leave a link. I usually post the challenge to my blog in the first week of the month. I always hope someone might be inspired and join WetCanvas to take part in the month's plant parade.

07-04-2014, 09:27 PM
Great Idea Kathy, It would be great to have a few more inspired peeps, the more the merrier. :wave:

07-09-2014, 05:06 PM

Late us my middle name! Congrats on the lovely work all the "on time" folks have posted.

Apologies I cannot get the photo to rotate.

07-09-2014, 07:51 PM
Cleo absolutely beautiful..:clap::clap::clap:

07-09-2014, 08:22 PM
Thanks Meggs

07-12-2014, 01:33 PM
Cleo, it's beautiful! Love the bright flower against the grey background!

Geej, what an incredible painting! So much detail in the background! And so precisely executed. Very well done!