View Full Version : Tulips and Bird-of-paradise

04-09-2008, 03:03 PM
With Spring here I just had to paint flowers! Thank you Faafil for the fantastic bird-of-paradise photo in the image library.

"Tulips in copper" 12x16in.

"Bird-of-paradise" 12x16in.
C&C's always welcome.
Thanks for looking!

M Douglas
04-09-2008, 03:18 PM
WOW they are both stunning!!! I especially love the bird of paradise.


04-09-2008, 03:32 PM
Awestruck here!!

04-09-2008, 03:49 PM
Exquisite, especially set against that dark background. Congratulations on two beautiful paintings.

04-09-2008, 04:31 PM
Lovely! I love your delicate style... beautiful! :)

04-09-2008, 04:32 PM
1st I thought I am going to see one bouquet that had both flowers and I was like...that's a weired combination lol :) Both of your paintings are absolutely stunning...love how you captured the light and shadows in both pieces..WOW!

04-09-2008, 04:52 PM

04-09-2008, 06:09 PM
Thank you Melodie, Susan, Linda, Janet, Soni, and Kathleen for the kind comments!
Don't you just love Spring?! I can't wait until my own flowers are blooming again.

04-09-2008, 07:06 PM

04-09-2008, 07:32 PM
Have been trying to decide which I prefer and I think I am leaning toward the bird of paradise - not because it's better thsn the other but rather for sentimental reasons. Both are wonderfully executed!

04-09-2008, 07:56 PM
Lots of pleasure viewing these two paintings. Both are lovely.

04-09-2008, 08:01 PM
Wow, these have amazing light.

04-09-2008, 08:38 PM
Libelle - i wish i could paint as fast as your do with such wonderful results - the light in the flowers is sensational.
The wonderful light effect could easily pass for pastel work looking at the photo - I'd be very interested in seeing a wip of your work

04-09-2008, 10:06 PM
Beautiful work Lillian.

04-09-2008, 10:19 PM
I must agree with everyone else... Stunning work. The Bird-of-paradise is exceptional.

Well done!

04-10-2008, 06:29 AM
:wave: Hi Lillian!

Oh my - these are a feast for the eyes! Absolutely stunning light and shadow. Two gorgeous pieces; both very well painted! :D


04-10-2008, 09:14 AM
My fav is the bird of paradise too, but they are both beautiful.

04-10-2008, 09:15 AM
Beautiful! I love the strong light effects, especially on the bird of paradise.

04-10-2008, 10:47 AM
Beautiful! I like the contrasts of light and dark.

04-10-2008, 01:14 PM
Thank you so much Mrs.G, Gayle, Ann, Tracey, Ruth, Lulu, John, Elizabeth, TxAggieDarlin, Laurie, and Michelle for the nice comments! I appreciate them :)

04-10-2008, 02:24 PM
Thank you Ruth for your interest in a W.I.P. I started this pink poppy yesterday, based on a photo I took in the garden last summer. This is the beginning of the first layer of paint. It just shows the establishing of colours and values.
Thanks again!

04-10-2008, 07:48 PM
I am going to love this one. Last year in Ireland my sister and I walked past a garden with double pink poppies like we had never seen before. My sister plucked one of the heads and brought it home and she now grows them in her garden in Ferndale WA. I should have her send you some seeds.

04-10-2008, 08:34 PM
FANTASTIC! Especially ADORE the B-o-P!!!

04-10-2008, 08:49 PM
Wow Libelle - you are amazing - very similiar to Elaine in your ability to paint exact shapes and tones correctly straight off a white canvas. How exactly do you apply the paint? ie what size and type of brushes do you use and do you add any medium to the paint? Watch out - this is heading for a shameless grilling:lol: :lol: :lol: how do you do your sketch?

04-10-2008, 09:15 PM
Thank you Celeste!

Gayle, I also have some of the double pinks and I agree, they are gorgeous! I took some photos of them last year too.
Unfortunately, I will have to start over with this one. I ran out of canvas and used some unstretched and unprimed duck canvas I had left over from when I was stretching my own (now I remember why I stopped doing it) and found it too rough even after four coats of gesso to get a smooth transition. When I get new canvases and start over I will post it separately.

Ruth, this is basically how I always start a painting. I don't begin with a monochrome underpainting. I start with the local colour and add 2 or 3 (or more) glazes on top. My brushes are quite small, size 1 and 2 rounds or 1/2 flats. I don't use a medium but I use liquitex gesso in my first layer of paint to blend it. I transfer my completed sketch to my canvas to keep it cleaner. Thanks again for your interest and I'll post the new poppy soon.

04-10-2008, 10:55 PM
wow....enuf said.

04-11-2008, 07:27 AM
Great works. I like the way you did the vase in the first and I love birds of paradise and I like the lighting.

04-11-2008, 07:45 AM
It' s very realism.Wonderful work.

Charlie's Mum
04-11-2008, 07:50 AM
What a pleasure to look at these Lillian!

04-11-2008, 09:56 AM
Very nice light and shadows on Bird of paradise.


04-11-2008, 10:52 AM
I like the bird-of-paradise best, the light is wonderful and the yellow too.

04-11-2008, 12:01 PM
These are just stunningly gorgeous. Love the dark bg- they remind me of my scratchwork on black. I especially love the Birds of Paradise, which is funny, as in RL I don't care for them and much prefer tulips. :D Fabulous job.

04-11-2008, 01:03 PM
Thank you Colleen, Arlene, Thai-secret, Maureen, Sergio, Assaf and Carol for all taking the time to comment :heart:
Carol, I've never seen one in real life, I think that is why I find them so intriguing. Tulips I have everywhere :lol:
I wish now I had painted the Bird-of-paradise larger than 12x16. Well I guess I still can :rolleyes:
Thanks again, I appreciate all the comments!

04-11-2008, 09:49 PM
ditto to all of the above ... a delight to view !!

04-11-2008, 09:56 PM
Thank you so much Violet!

04-12-2008, 08:32 AM
Two exquisite paintings, love them.

04-12-2008, 05:11 PM
Lilian these are lovely. I recognise something in your style that is similar to mine. The poppy is already eyecatching and looking alive, yet its only the first stage. You obiously have a knack for "seeing" what you're looking at. Would like to steal that reference for myself, it's JUST what I'd have on my own to-do list. Great stuff! I'm looking forward to the finish.

04-12-2008, 05:21 PM
Beautiful! I would be thrilled to have a finger-ful of your talent! Coralie

04-12-2008, 06:10 PM
Thank you Grace, Elaine and Coralie!!

Elaine, I haven't started painting the pink poppy on my new canvas yet but when I do I will post the photo along with the painting, and you are welcome to use it. Thanks again for the nice comments. I would love to be able to paint as well as you!