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Old 06-27-2019, 01:52 PM
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a bloomin'cereus!

Thursday, 6-27-2019 X-post oils forum (daily painting thread)
The cereus bloomed last night. I had a paperboard and supplies prepared and was out a little before 6AM.
I'm including a photo of the bud taken last night, the "Queen of the Night" when I arrived and upon finishing, as well as the painting.
The gray background represents the block wall that kept the sun off the flower until I was close to finishing.
I did attempt to differentiate the white petals more, but maybe could do more even though this is alla prima. C&C welcome. I don't often do flowers, so all suggestions are welcome.

Oil on paperboard, about 6" x 8"

the bud. This was taken about 5:30 PM June 26, 2019. It opened late in the night.


This is as I saw it Shortly before 6 AM 6-27. That orange glow over the wall is the sunglow in the sky. You may recognize the tree crown that seems to give the upper part of the cereus a hairdo--that's the crown from a few days ago.


This is the model:


This is the flower as I finished: notice the color changes in the petals.


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C&C welcomed, thanks for looking!
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Old 06-28-2019, 04:09 PM
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Re: a bloomin'cereus!

Nice work. I am glad that you caught the bloom. Did it bloom only the one day? Gary
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Old 06-29-2019, 07:49 AM
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Re: a bloomin'cereus!

Terrific flower. Amazing subject. Nothing like that here in New England!

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Old 06-29-2019, 11:04 PM
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Re: a bloomin'cereus!

Gary, thanks. This blooms at night. I didn't photograph this one, I did one in August 2017. ~9PM it was just barely opening, fully open 12:30 AM. Each flower blooms one time and dies in the morning.
Thomas, thanks. They are pretty. Here's a link to a photo of the plant this came from: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...ghlight=cereus post 14
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Re: a bloomin'cereus!

Wow, super that you captured this. Well done.
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Old 07-03-2019, 02:01 AM
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Re: a bloomin'cereus!

Jo, thanks. I still don't see new buds. I was able to do so well on this one because of the suggestions you all made back then, many thanks. I see areas to improve, so I'm using it now to study it. I may do a painting, rather than stopping here at a study.
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Re: a bloomin'cereus!

beautiful painting well done!
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Old 07-09-2019, 09:19 PM
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Re: a bloomin'cereus!

Pmanran, thank you very much. I appreciate you.
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Re: a bloomin'cereus!

Congrats on the blooming!
I think your painting came out beautifully.
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Old 07-09-2019, 11:47 PM
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Re: a bloomin'cereus!

Virginia, thank you!
Though there were bugs on the flower, it did not get fertilized. I haven't seen any new buds.
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