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05-11-2015, 03:36 AM

as my first pastel peonies sold right away, I started another one using the same reference, as I need this for my exhibition early June. I did not look at the first version when painting

For comparison, here version 1


and here version 2


I happened to have matching frames, too


Friends visited us this weekend, and already reserved this one!!! They will have it after the exhibition :) I don't quite understand what it is with these peonies!

Anyway, C & C & advice appreciated.

05-11-2015, 05:01 AM
Wow...just lovely. You have a gift, Raxu, for making beautiful pastel paintings.

05-11-2015, 06:02 AM

05-11-2015, 09:11 AM
Your second turned out as lovely as the first! It looks beautiful in the frame. Was it easier the second time? Congratulations on the sales!

05-11-2015, 09:14 AM
Oh yes! I like the second one even better! I can understand about it, they are so dramatic and so cool! Peonies are as grabby as roses but less cliche. I've always loved them and never actually had them where I lived except when I was at the homeless shelter there were a few white ones outside. I would have loved to bring some in and have them in a vase to paint, they always fascinated me. You've got stronger contrasts in this second painting and softened up the small one at the bottom right to reduce its importance. Most of all the stronger contrasts really work! Well done!

Try doing one and change the color of the flowers! Do one with red peonies from this photo, or darker pink? You're on a roll!

water girl
05-11-2015, 12:52 PM
Outstanding! Congratulations!

05-12-2015, 03:20 AM
Thank you all for encouraging me

Jay - thanks for your flattering words... in fact, pastels seem to be far more easier for me than watercolours do, even I have almost 7 years watercolour exercises behind me, and only less than a dozen pieces of pastel exercises. I think it's because I always loved drawing.

Mary - glad you like my peonies

Blayne - yes, the second time was easier, as I did not need to make the same "mistakes" again, and I had a bit more courage with the values. Thank you.

Robert, I like the 2. one better as well, and also felt more confident when drawing/painting (hehe, the paper did not bite me after all :)) These peonies grew on the farm at our house, the flowers are huge and heavy, and the scent is simply heavenly. The same ones still enjoy growing and blooming there, it's possible they have 100 years history in their peony family :) It's a good idea to paint these in another color, need to study first, as these are the ones I know best.

Karen - :) :) :)

05-12-2015, 09:28 AM
I love peonies and you painted them soo well! :thumbsup:

05-12-2015, 12:28 PM
Thank you Dorothea - just checked your website again - wow!

05-12-2015, 12:35 PM
Ah yes, YOU were the visitor from Finland! I'm glad you like my still lifes!

05-12-2015, 01:03 PM
Yes, it's me, enjoying the art of others :) Your still lifes are so beautiful, skillful and clever!

05-12-2015, 04:20 PM
They are both beautiful paintings. Pam :wave:

05-15-2015, 09:02 AM
Thank you Pam for your kind feedback :)