View Full Version : Seeding Akeake

01-25-2007, 03:53 AM
This plant is an Akeake (aka Dodonea), one of many New Zealand native plants growing in our garden. I like to cut a few twigs of this when it's flowering (or seeding) and use it in flower arangements. It has such great texture and colour.

I recently put Akeake together with some blue Hydrangea from the garden. The rich red and blue goes so nicely in a vase. I thought this colour combo and the bounty of shapes might make a painting so took a few ref pics, and here's what came of the exercise.

24" x 30" Stretched canvas. C&Cs welcome as always.

01-25-2007, 04:01 AM
Elaine, WOW...I am speechless...goreous work! :) So luminous!

01-25-2007, 04:02 AM

01-25-2007, 04:17 AM
I've just put my nose to the screen to smell them Elaine:D
Double wow!

01-25-2007, 04:36 AM
Elaine - you inhabit another planet with your painting skill - this is incredible - all those curves / the light / this is completely stunning!

01-25-2007, 08:13 AM
Ditto to all the above. Now I see where you've been hiding yourself Elaine.

01-25-2007, 08:55 AM
Wow!........just beautiful!

01-25-2007, 09:08 AM
I've just put my nose to the screen to smell them Elaine:D
Double wow!
I reckon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :clap:

01-25-2007, 09:24 AM
Luscious!!! :clap:

chammi kaiser
01-25-2007, 09:41 AM
Elaine. This is superb. A great subject painted by a very special artist.

01-25-2007, 10:40 AM
Nice, Elaine.

01-25-2007, 10:48 AM
glorious colors!

01-25-2007, 12:27 PM
Oh wow!! Absolutely stunning!! I could look at it all day!!

01-25-2007, 12:55 PM
Wow - quite a color combination - love it.... and so well rendered.... :thumbsup:

01-25-2007, 01:27 PM
Thanks peeps.
I have to tell you it was a bit daunting when I first began working on this with all the complex shapes staring back at me from the white canves. :eek: It kept me hostage in the studio for several days working through the jigsaw, but it is a sitisfying finish and was well worth the effort.

Dreamz, did you know I had to look up what 'DAYum' meant because I've seen you post that several times. I just didn't click to what it was. DUH!!!!!:o Of course it is just an accent. How silly of me.:lol:

01-25-2007, 01:50 PM
WOW! I thought I was looking at at photo! Very stunning work!
Shellie (aka newbie):cat:

01-26-2007, 02:43 AM
Thanks Shellie

01-26-2007, 02:48 AM
I wish I had that one here in my kitchen.Beautiful colors and so skillfully executed.

01-29-2007, 02:27 PM
Guesss What crew ??, Elaine and I got to meet at last and I saw the studio as well. :clap: :thumbsup: Elaine and I could have talked for ages, And the boys didn't do too bad either! :D
This one is lovely in person and you wouldn't believe the depth in that BG....It's the sort of painting that keeps your interest, lots of yummy blendings and shapes and contrasts.

now that delicious stage Eliane, ....choosing the next subject. :)

01-29-2007, 03:06 PM
Thanks Anthony.

Hey Gill. Thanks kiddo. It was a pleasure to meet you and Graeme. Yes we could have spent a fair few hours talking our sox off that's for sure. Will be sure to visit you in your neck of the woods next time I'm up there.
My next painting is likely to be a commission. I got a call last night from a couple wanting a biggie for their wall. Something in the size of 1m x 80cm or so. Will meet with them firday to discuss it. They already have my work hanging on their wall so I'm more than pleased about it all. Thanks again.

01-29-2007, 03:21 PM
I'm jealous:envy::envy: I want to come and talk my sox off again too...........:envy:

Imagine a minimeet of all the 'girls' Ruth, moi, Elaine, Gill............being the eldest I'd keep everyone in line;)

01-29-2007, 03:21 PM
Hi Gill and Elaine - great you got to meet at last -I can imagine the feeling of there was so much more we could have talked about! (well known after meeting all you lovely ladies!)
I have come back to this painting several times Elaine, it is so glowing. Awesome.
I see you there Lulu - we cross posted - it is always such a blast seeing you fellow wetcanvasers

01-29-2007, 03:26 PM
This is so beautiful, I love all the colors together! Great job at putting it together, and I love the light green leaf! :)

01-30-2007, 03:06 AM
Thanks for popping in Deb.

Thanks Lulu & Ruth. Yes I do like the idea of the WetC Kiwi clan getting together in one room. Imagin it! Heaven help anyone else in there! :eek: :lol:

01-30-2007, 06:25 AM
WOW! Your work never ceases to amaze me, Elaine, and this piece is no exception. I love the vibrance of colour and depth.......:thumbsup:

01-30-2007, 06:32 AM
really beautiful Elaine !!:)

02-01-2007, 02:36 AM
Whenever I see your name on the list I know that I am going to see something that will AMAZE me!

02-01-2007, 06:18 AM
So very beautiful.
Do you always begin every flower with grey underpainting Elaine?

02-01-2007, 01:51 PM
Thanks Serena, bowerbird, & Annette

Do you always begin every flower with grey underpainting Elaine?
Dewi thanks. No I don't do the grisaille underpainting every time, and I didn't do it on this work. There was very little in the way of tonal range in the ref pic for this so I thought it would be easier to work straight into the colour.

Thanks for looking in.

02-01-2007, 03:26 PM
sharp and fresh,well done!

02-03-2007, 01:55 AM
Wonderful painting. I love the clear colours in the painting. There is a certain 'elegance' about your style.

02-03-2007, 05:33 AM
Thanks Elaine.

Lady Carol
02-03-2007, 10:11 AM
Very nice. The lighting is excellent.

02-04-2007, 01:28 AM
Perfectly beautiful colors and composition and lots of intelligence and thought to make it happen, not to mention skill and instinct and just plain hard work and determination. Congratulations.-

02-04-2007, 05:37 AM
Thanks for the lovely comments Bob, Brian & Carol.

You're welcome Dewi.