View Full Version : Peony - WIP

09-06-2007, 10:53 PM
I started this 14 x 14" acrylic on canvas tonight based on a photo I've been saving for some time. The Peony has to be one of the most exquisite flowers I think.

The painting's definitely evolving as it goes along. I'm rather liking the edgy style and hope to carry it through to a satisfying completion.


09-07-2007, 08:05 AM
This will be wonderous! Can't wait.

09-07-2007, 11:13 AM
Looks like a good start :)

09-07-2007, 06:54 PM
At some point will you share your reference?

09-07-2007, 08:27 PM
Yeah your right this flower is one of the most exquisite and I've been studying the details of this flower for quite some time. This one looks good already...

09-08-2007, 01:55 PM
Come on Celeste! Don't take the weekend off! he! he!

09-08-2007, 05:03 PM
Looking wonderful and bright so far.

09-08-2007, 05:12 PM
I like the edgy style too. I'm watching to see how you tackle such a complicated flower. It's so beautiful already.

09-08-2007, 10:27 PM
Lookin' delicious already!

09-09-2007, 08:30 AM
Thanks, I did get to paint a little bit yesterday, but not ready to show progress yet, in the "yikes" stage! Anyway, the reference photo is by flickr photographer Denis Collette who graciously extended me permission to use his reference photo seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/deniscollette/432260229/

09-09-2007, 11:34 AM
LOL I love the term- Yikes stage! I will have to remember that, it just fits the early ugly stage so well.

09-09-2007, 09:22 PM
I almost gave up on this one. I diverged away from the original style a bit as I couldn't quite pull it off to my satisfaction. Anyway, many colors later, here's my finish. I'm not that keen on central point of interest, but this was such a striking photo and felt it really should be painted as originally cropped.

Again, it's acrylic on 14 x 14" stretched canvas.


09-09-2007, 10:37 PM
Oh I really like it. I like the red color with the added touches of green so pretty. All those tiny little petals on the reference would have drove me crazy... and you pulled it off very well.

09-09-2007, 11:36 PM
Thanks Deb.

09-10-2007, 06:25 AM
Oh wonderful! You've managed to create the fullness without actually delineating each petal. It has great depth. I like it a lot.

09-10-2007, 06:29 AM
Thanks Gayle.

09-12-2007, 08:22 PM
Lovely pinks and ruffled petals and just enough detail. :thumbsup:

09-13-2007, 07:34 AM
A good thing you didn't give up, it's lovely !

09-13-2007, 03:00 PM
Hi Celeste.
I imagin this would have been rather tricky, but I'd say you've come out on top. Glad you didn't give up on it as you will have learned new things during the completion of the process.

If I can add an after thought here. I think I'd like to have seen some heavier blue glazing in the shadows to tone down the reds more. Just me, take no notice.

We planted some peony tubers in the garden last autumn and they're just now coming through. First time we've had any so I'm excited about the first blooms, although the nursery guy said they brobably won't bloom this year sadly.

09-13-2007, 11:18 PM
Hey, the blue glazing is a good idea...may just have to try that.

Charlie's Mum
09-14-2007, 09:39 AM
I really liked the confidence showing in the first attempt Celeste! Maybe you should keep working on that 'edgy' style .. another string to your bow! :D

Like the finished version too - but agree with Elaine - the blue glaze would help the lighter areas by comparison.

'Tis lovely though :D