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07-17-2006, 11:57 PM
Here is my latest work from an image from the RL.
I decided to try it on black paper so that way the background is already done. You may have noticed by now I like to keep my backgrounds simple.
This is my first black paper piece, didn't know what I had got myself into at first considering I decided to do it on a full sheet of Canson.
But I persisted and I am fairly happy with the outcome, although there are areas I struggled with and I wish did better.
This is 55x75cm, sorry the photo is not of the best quality.
Thanks for looking, comments always appreciated ;)


07-18-2006, 12:10 AM
OMG holley !!! .... this painting is absolutely stunning !! ... :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: ... from what i can see it looks perfect !! ... what problems do you see? ... i think you definitely should get it giclee'd onto different sizes of canvas and make cards and posters sell sell sell it !! ... it's simply fabulous !! ... :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: ... how long did you work on it? ...

Kathryn Day
07-18-2006, 12:35 AM
A very dramatic sunflower!! I love that touch of blue!! Nice work.

07-18-2006, 03:39 AM
Holly...beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! What a unique view of a sunflower. It's just a gorgeous painting! :thumbsup:

I'm very curious about the size of this piece in inches, and also what brand of pastels you used on this.

07-18-2006, 03:42 AM
Hi what an excellent and beautiful piece of work, I hope you are proud of this painting, you should be. Congratulations
Best wishes Ken..

07-18-2006, 04:49 AM
Hi Holly
This looks fantastic! Really good use of light/dark contrasts - well done

Merethe T
07-18-2006, 07:35 AM
Wow, wow, wow, fantastic painting!!! Absolutely stunning - the flower is perfectly done, and I love the blue behind it...great job!

07-18-2006, 08:30 AM
stunning, I just love it. james

07-18-2006, 10:04 AM
Came out great Holley! Very pretty!

07-18-2006, 10:47 AM
Gorgeous!!! And on Canson, no less! Beautifully done!

M Douglas
07-18-2006, 11:54 AM
Absolutely stunning as usual Holley. Fantastic painting!!.


Paula Ford
07-18-2006, 12:59 PM
F A B U L O U S !!! WOW


07-18-2006, 01:03 PM
i second all of the above!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yowsers!

Rose Baggs
07-18-2006, 01:12 PM
Wow...Gorgeous...love the little bit of blue on the background...!!!!

07-18-2006, 03:05 PM
:eek: GOOD GOLLY MRS HOLLEY !!!!:eek:

Kind regards,


07-18-2006, 06:26 PM
This is exquisite, Holley. I think the background is perfect for this flower.

07-19-2006, 03:04 AM
Thank you so much everyone, all your comments mean alot especially coming from such talented artists as yourselves!

*Violet* - You are very encouraging thank you. I would love to get my work on cards, prints etc but I guess it comes back to cost. I have difficulties even framing my work, I find it expensive. I am mostly a hobby painter although I would like to change that! This sunflower was a week in the making. I worked on it everyday, sometimes for an hour or more if I could. I don't know how many hours in total. I know enough because by the time I finish I am well and truly ready to move on. I hate playing around with them after I call them done, even if certain areas bug me.

AnnieA- The size is roughly 21.5 x 29.5 inches - it is on a full sheet of Canson. I used pastel pencils totally for this project, I love my pencils!!! These are Faber Castell Pitt's, CarbOthellos, and Conte.

Thanks again!!!:wave:

Karen Margulis
07-19-2006, 10:26 AM
Sunflowers are my favorite and I just love your version. I'll have to try the pastel pencils!


07-19-2006, 01:04 PM
Beautiful,I like the way you have highlighted this unique version of the sunflower:) :clap: :clap:

Charles Perera
07-19-2006, 05:09 PM
It really intrigues how you by applying colour and rubbing with your fingers, you get so close to reality. You said you also use pastel pencils. Please give us your secret.


07-19-2006, 08:57 PM
Yes, I agree. Beautiful painting.


07-20-2006, 05:25 AM
Thanks to you all for the positive comments on my work!

Charles - I work the same way each time I use the pastel pencils - I block in my first layers by rubbing in the pastel with my fingers until it looks solid enough, then I just colour over the top without any rubbing and work that way until it looks like my reference. I find I like to colour diagonally, I am right handed. If its a hairy animal I try and follow the flow of the fur. Hope that helps some, I guess we all have our own ways of doing things. I am still learning but this is just the way I work at present.

K Taylor-Green
07-20-2006, 07:41 AM
Well, keep it up, cause it is sure working for you. Gorgeous sunflower!

07-21-2006, 02:34 AM
Thank you Kate!