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Soul Expressions
09-10-2008, 10:32 AM
Divine Beauty was inspired my my desire to start a wine country series. I was drawn to the beautiful old church I photographed in Napa. It was a replica of one in Italy. I then found a great reference photo of a poppy field and combined the two photos. I feel this captures my faith along with the stunning beauty that God creates. This is a little guy, a new size for me at only a 9 x 12. Hope you like it!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2008/11811-divineBeauty.jpg

09-10-2008, 11:27 AM
Hi Lucy,
This has great atmosphere in it and love the poppy field. What a great scene to wake up to in the morning. You should paint it really big.

09-10-2008, 12:30 PM
I love the reds set against the subtle colors of the mid and background. The strip of yellow green grasses is a nice transition and compliment. The scene is stunning and a great testimony to the Creator.

Do you mind sharing what colors you used for those lovely reds?

09-10-2008, 02:32 PM
Absolutely gorgeous!! I also am curious since I still have so much to learn...did you paint the dark first in the front? and then add the grass/stems and flowers?

09-10-2008, 10:57 PM
Nice poppies. Good depth. Wonderful Mountain range fading into the background. It's a wonderful landscape.

Soul Expressions
09-10-2008, 11:17 PM
Thank you so much! After the light green area I moved forward underpainting to the front with purple, hookers green and sienna, a little blue here and there. I made sure to change the values as I moved forward darker. I then went in with grass and leave shapes. Then I added the red. In the background I used a hake brush. As I moved forward I switched to a smaller brisle brush for blooms a bit more defined. Also as I moved forward I used thicker paint. In the very front I dabbed it on very this so that when it evaporated when it dried I still had texture. As for the reds, it was a mix of Napthol Crimpson and Cad red light. The very brightest flowers or highlights in the front are pure cad red light. I muted the colors as it receded a bit. Then I went over this with a liner brush with light and dark grass strokes. Hope this helps. Lucy. :)

09-10-2008, 11:25 PM
Wow!!!! Its beautiful.......I love the colors and warmth from it!!! Love to see this on a 30x40 or so!!!!!

09-11-2008, 11:06 AM
Awesome! Excellent! and Fantastic!

09-11-2008, 11:25 AM
Absolutely great, I love such landscapes. Thanks for your explanations.

09-11-2008, 11:26 AM
Lucy, not your usual southwest but I really do like it. Great colors.

09-11-2008, 11:38 AM
beautiful and I love the vibrancy of the reds!!

09-11-2008, 11:47 AM

Soul Expressions
09-11-2008, 01:59 PM
Thank you all! No it is not my "usual southwest art". But I needed a break from that and I want to be diverse and paint whatever I am inspired to paint instead of feeling pigeon holed into only really one subject matter. SO, I have wanted to paint the wine country for years and this is the beginning! I do love my southwest work and will always continue to paint them as my primary, or staple work and sprinkle in other locations, etc. as well! Take care, Lucy

09-11-2008, 04:32 PM
beautiful mist effect on the hills!the poppies field really pops!

09-11-2008, 10:05 PM
Beautiful over all.. just perfect painting!!
Love it!!

09-11-2008, 11:43 PM
Really it's divine Lucy. I'm at loss of words

09-12-2008, 01:18 AM
Thanks for explaining Lucy!! Just wonderful!!

09-12-2008, 09:15 AM
Great work. I love the colours and atmospheric background.

09-12-2008, 12:11 PM
What a gorgeous painting, love the distant hills, the trees and the beautiful red poppy field.

09-13-2008, 10:38 AM
This is a lovely painting I would love to grace my walls - if I had room! :lol: Beautifully done - can't wait to see the rest of the series.

09-16-2008, 05:37 AM
How did I miss this! Beautiful scene and lovely colors. I like the distance achieved.

09-16-2008, 08:10 PM
:wave: This is so gentle and lovely. It appears so much bigger too than 9" x 12"! The color combinations work well together and the way you've painted the mist into the clouds is awesome! A beautiful work; I enjoyed viewing this painting very much! :clap: :D


Soul Expressions
09-16-2008, 08:34 PM
Thank so much for the new feedback! I was surprised it turned out so well being so small. I never do tiny landscapes thinking there is not enough room to work. I guess this proved me wrong! I also had reference photos but pretty much winged it, did not think too much about it. Maybe there is something to be said for that as well! Always learning! :)

Margaret 59
09-16-2008, 11:13 PM
A vista like this would look great on a big canvas Lucy, even though it's small but perfect now. The mist and poppies do it for me too.