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09-10-2007, 03:42 PM
One of the Japanese Anemone's I photographed last week. I feel like I've broken all the rules of composition here but I like it :D

Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico extra white CP 140lb, 13 x 10 inches.


Comments and critiques always welcome :)


09-10-2007, 04:53 PM
I like it too, in fact I really like it. The lower petals lead my eye right to the center of the flower with all the detail... just so beautiful. I just love your watercolors :)

Edited to say, I love your title. My kids (teenagers) have been playing that song on Guitar Hero lately. lol

Lady Carol
09-10-2007, 05:23 PM
Fabulous. I like how you have focused on one flower. Lovely work.

Margaret 59
09-10-2007, 06:45 PM
Don't know the song (showing age) but love the painting and am a fan of all your flower ones. :) :clap:

09-10-2007, 07:14 PM
Oh my, this is fantastic. The blurry background is just incredible.

09-10-2007, 07:26 PM
Just divine! What a lovely piece this is!

09-11-2007, 03:25 AM
LOL Deb, I've got the song going around my head since I decided to use it as a title! :rolleyes: Thank you :)

Thanks Carol, I loved the shape of this particular flower and wanted it to be the star :)

Margaret, I think the song was from the late 70's. Thank you so much :D

Wow thanks Celeste, I love combining fairly detailed flowers with soft focus backgrounds, the difficult part is making the two work together.

Thank you Gay :D

I see my photo is a bit dark, taken in poor light and not corrected enough as I had no light to compare! lol Here is a better image



09-11-2007, 06:13 PM
LOL that song used to be one of my Sisters favorite songs. And it's on the new 80's Game for the Guitar Hero....and it's hard to play...really fast :eek:

It does look better in the most recent photo. :)

09-11-2007, 06:13 PM
Absolutely stunning. I love it!

09-12-2007, 11:50 AM
Love that area of sharp focus and the way it gradually blurs, very nicely done!

09-12-2007, 02:14 PM
Ruth, this is just scrumptious looking! i love how you just hinted at the other flowers in the bg. great movement in this, too.

09-12-2007, 07:35 PM
This is beautiful!!

09-12-2007, 08:08 PM
Rules were meant to be broken :D This is lovely, really like the soft pinks and how the background ties in with the flower yet it still stands out.

09-13-2007, 06:53 PM
This is indeed an enchanted water color. I love your wet in wet back ground.

09-16-2007, 09:20 PM
Ruth this is so lovely. Absolutely fantastic! Well done.

Laura D
09-18-2007, 03:11 AM
Ruth, it is beautiful! The detail is fantastic. I like that you repeated colors in the background but think they could be toned down just a tiny bit so we can focus on those fantastic stamens.

09-19-2007, 03:59 PM
Everyone has already said it! Gorgeous!

Terry Wynn
09-20-2007, 10:59 AM
Hi, Ruth,

No new words - just praise! Fantastic!


Charlie's Mum
09-20-2007, 04:23 PM
I like the change of focus back to front Ruth - and the centre of the flower really grabs me! :lol:
Very nice ... and the comp is fine - I've used it myself!!!!! :lol:
It really is a plesure to look at!

09-26-2007, 05:05 PM
Thanks everyone! I do like this one alot :D

Laura, the stamens were done very quickly, I certainly didn't spend more than 30 mins on them! lol

Life might be about to return to (kind of) normal, so I should be back to painting very soon.


09-27-2007, 12:16 AM
I really enjoyed viewing this Ruth. I like the places where you left the white of the paper. Also love those soft edges in the rear petals. As for the center, it is simply fantastic.