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Charlie's Mum
04-09-2007, 12:46 PM
Xpost from WDE.

5" block canvas, under two hours, brush, cocktail stick and fingers :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Apr-2007/30494-thistle_1scan.jpg

and a little side view~ this has truer colouring ...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Apr-2007/30494-thistle_2.jpg

mseymour
04-09-2007, 01:12 PM
Nice, Maureen. I like the straight-on view. Good colors, good composition, good everything. Only two hours?

jan409
04-09-2007, 01:22 PM
Very good, I can almost feel the stick. It is lovely and I love the way the light hits it. Jan

Phantelope
04-09-2007, 02:14 PM
Great! (love the title of your post too!) Love how you painted it around the edges, that will look very neat on the wall! Those box canvas are fun.

I really like the light in your painting, almost can feel the warm sun!

Oliver

Jon
04-09-2007, 02:22 PM
Nice. It all works!

maverick
04-09-2007, 02:47 PM
Cocktail stick? Is there anything you can't paint with!? The thistle looks brilliant...and very prickly!

SunsetSue
04-09-2007, 02:52 PM
What a lovely little painting! It looks so real. Maureen, you amaze me with what you can achieve with a small canvas and unusual tools.
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Sue

bionicanaconda
04-09-2007, 03:43 PM
Hi Maureen, beautifully rendered. A weed in Australia but they are very eye catching as is your painting. You don't mess around do you, time wise.

screechin
04-09-2007, 04:07 PM
very cool!!! love the highllights. and the name is way cool too!!:clap: :clap: :clap:

hoofty
04-09-2007, 04:40 PM
This is really lovely:) Love the colors, very nice indeed.

idylbrush
04-09-2007, 04:47 PM
What a beauty, small, compact and filled to the brim with energies.

Lady Carol
04-09-2007, 05:42 PM
Me like (uggghhhh awful inglish :lol: )

Good balance of the detail in the background and in the foreground.

Bobbo
04-09-2007, 06:47 PM
excellent!
the thooth pick is a good idea

Charlie's Mum
04-09-2007, 06:53 PM
Thanks everyone - I appreciate your comments , really I do!

Yes, the cocktail stick/toothpick was good for those spiky bits :D

It was quick and fun ...... the WDEs set 2 hours and then post - can continue if necessary after that, but this small, it just came together quickly.

C_Line
04-09-2007, 07:00 PM
This is great Maureen, I saw this very picture strolling through RIL (I think) & thought it would be a lovely painting - it sure is!

Katie D
04-09-2007, 07:54 PM
Very nice! I love thistles--they're beautiful yet devilish.

Bill_E
04-09-2007, 09:17 PM
Hi Maureen, beautifully rendered. A weed in Australia but they are very eye catching as is your painting. You don't mess around do you, time wise.

I agree, very nicely painted. :thumbsup:

If I showed it to a farmer around here he would probably pull out some industrial sized weed killer to use on me :evil: I find many weeds actually quite beautiful, but living where I do, I would probably get run out of town for painting one :lol:

debee
04-09-2007, 09:45 PM
I like the sun bouncing off the plant. Nice brushwork...or should I say stick work? :)

dreamz
04-09-2007, 10:29 PM
I was walking back in construction site last summer and saw a thistle like this, it was HUGE.. I really like the way this turned out!

Lulu
04-10-2007, 02:32 AM
fabulous Maureen! You are SUCH an inspiration!

mollynix
04-10-2007, 10:02 AM
Captivating painting......clever title!...Molly

screechin
04-10-2007, 10:24 AM
yes, they're a weed around here too. i'm surrounded by fields that are full of them and they pop up along the road. they are a very interesting and beautiful plant and the finches love their seeds. i'll have to see if i can get some pictures of some.

Charlie's Mum
04-10-2007, 01:06 PM
Weed or not - they're pretty at times :D

Bill, don't tell the farmer - we need some of them for the wildlife ...... and after all, it is the National Emblem of Scotland! :lol:

Lulu - you do say nice things! Thank you very much!

Thank you all, for taking the time to 'smell the roses - er, thistles' !!!!!!! :wink2:

Marigold
04-10-2007, 03:15 PM
Maureen,

you got a really nice structure on the thistle, with the cocktail sticks! I know this is not easy with acrylics, they tend to get very flat when they dry (at least that's my problem).

I did a similar thing once with a forest floor, I scratched all the twigs into the color with broken matches.

Beautiful the bright lighting. which photograph is closer to the truth? I enjoy the first (larger) one with the yellow tint - on the other one, there is almost too much white and too cool.

Marigold

Marge Wms
04-10-2007, 03:55 PM
Love it, Maureen! The colors are quiet and peaceful while the thorns are NOT. Great piece... Gigi

amaze_1101
04-10-2007, 04:48 PM
Maureen You are so full of ideas and inspiration. There is nothing that gets in your way. :thumbsup: Great stuff!

If I showed it to a farmer around here he would probably pull out some industrial sized weed killer to use on me :evil: I find many weeds actually quite beautiful, but living where I do, I would probably get run out of town for painting one :lol:

Hi Bill. I agree. I have a little saying written out on a piece of wood. It says 'The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgement!' It's so true in many ways.

JamieWG
04-10-2007, 05:08 PM
I want to know how many cocktails came with the cocktail stick, and how many it took before you started using that thing in your painting. :D :evil: :D

Love the contrast. The dark background really makes it jump with light. I can feel the prickles of the thistle.

Jamie

Clever
04-10-2007, 10:53 PM
Maureen the light you've captured in this is stunning...I like. And so fast!

idcrisis55
04-11-2007, 11:41 AM
This is smashing! I love the light, the delicacy, shoot, all of it!

Charlie's Mum
04-11-2007, 06:55 PM
It's funny what scans can do - the thistle is probably best reproduced in the bigger version - the square - truer colour there, but the background shows more of the viridian in the smaller photo I think.

Thanks everyone for your observations :thumbsup:

Jamie - fancy suggesting I needed all those cocktails to find a stick that worked ;) ;) :lol: ........ Eeeeee lassie! ... just the odd glass of wine perhaps?

Elaine - I know this is tiny, but I kept thinking about you/your work as I was painting it! ..... has to be the light :D

I have another 3 of these small canvases - better find some more weeds to go with them :evil:

Margaret 59
04-11-2007, 11:07 PM
Didn't think I'd see a thistle looking so good, Maureen.

rmc
04-13-2007, 05:53 PM
WOW stunning - I don't know how I missed this, Maureen - came searching after seeing your new avatar - it is so beautiful, fresh, delicate, luminous - excellent!!!!!

Charlie's Mum
04-14-2007, 05:43 PM
Thank you so much Margaret and Ruth.

Nice of you to go on a search Ruth! - Thanks :D

mrs willow
04-14-2007, 07:50 PM
A Great painting Maureen ....:clap: :clap:
Sandy

Charlie's Mum
04-15-2007, 04:52 PM
Thank you so much Sandy :D

Kerch
04-15-2007, 11:49 PM
Wow, what a wonderful painting. It is so full of colour, light and life. Good work!

Andun
04-16-2007, 12:00 AM
That looks sharp enough to prick someone.Beautiful brushwork Maureen*9

Charlie's Mum
04-16-2007, 01:28 PM
Thank you Brian and Tony ..... Tony - those sharp prickles were pulled out with the cocktail stick! :D ... it's a good tool ;)

Wind Song
04-16-2007, 03:53 PM
Great Painting Maureen.
Very Realistic.