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09-25-2007, 06:36 AM
This is another recent experimental floral - the effect of painting white on white - although it has a few compositional issues - it has sold so afraid cannot change it:lol: :wave: but c+ c's welcome for the next one


this is acrylics on canvas 24x30 in (50x60 cm)

09-25-2007, 08:19 AM
I can see why it sold, it is really lovely. I especially like the center part with the stamen (?). I think perhaps the curving sweep of the petal on the left may have been a little too large at the bottom, but obviously the buyer didn't see it that way. :lol:

Here is an interesting tutorial about painting white flowers. It is from a class in the Watercolor Forum, but the principles should apply to any medium. It is called When White Isn't White. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=367715)


09-25-2007, 09:24 AM
Still gorgeous Ruth ... I too can see why it sold!

09-25-2007, 11:34 AM
Oh Ruth this is soooo nice, I love the composition! And the colors, the blends...oh just so pretty. I can see why it sold too!

09-25-2007, 12:02 PM
Congrats on the sale! The overall composition is daring and successful, IMO. White on white is tough, but you've done a great job with it in this piece.



09-25-2007, 01:02 PM
beautiful and congratulations on the sale! i love calla lilies. this borders on the abstract and your colors are perfect.

09-25-2007, 03:35 PM
Hello every one!!! thanks a mil for popping in and commenting!
I really liked the sort of abstract aspect of it and credit Celeste hugely with helping me to carry this one off!!!

Charlie's Mum
09-25-2007, 05:30 PM
Abstract was my first thought too!
Love the colour Ruth - and particularly like the central area of petal cup and stamen - it's almost like ceramic!

09-25-2007, 08:17 PM
This is gorgeous too!

Terry Wynn
09-25-2007, 08:43 PM
Gorgeous, Ruth. I see why it sold. It is enchanting - very sensual, a touch abstract - WOW!


09-25-2007, 09:00 PM
It's great Ruth. Your composition makes me feel like I am IN THE LILY.


09-25-2007, 10:30 PM
Thanks Ruth - the credit belongs to you and your brilliant smooth blending/transitions. Anyone who's familiar with acrylics knows just how challenging that is.

09-25-2007, 11:15 PM
Thanks Ruth - the credit belongs to you and your brilliant smooth blending/transitions. Anyone who's familiar with acrylics knows just how challenging that is.

Yes I do know :eek: :rolleyes: but I do like using them...most of the time :lol:

09-26-2007, 04:43 AM
Thanks Terry, Jeannette, Maureen, and Tracey
Well - Celeste you can take the credit for suggesting the negative space solution - I don't think I was heading that way and it kept the sculptural simplicity of the composition!!!!
As for blending - hellish- I agree Debs and Celeste - that's why I'm the painter with
a. a dirty brush - as I just keep on going .
b several brushes on the go at the same time to keep it all open
c. I'm always saying never never blend when it is tacky - ( funnily enough a much greater problem with glazing medium - I get rather lazy waiting for layers to dry much to my chagrin)

09-26-2007, 05:31 AM
You've overcome the problems of the medium beautifully with this painting!


09-26-2007, 07:45 AM
this is lovely, you've composed it beautifully and there are lovely subtle colour changes and the form is great :)