Sunday, May 31, 2009

Flanders poppy


It practically killed me to pluck this from our front yard in order to paint it last night. It was sacrificed in the name of art.


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9 comments:

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Jala - it was worth it!

Still, you should be having your neighbor's doing the sacrificing. Don't they have any flowers?

Jane Hunt said...

This is lovely - so evocative! I think it was worth the plucking, a lot of feeling in this little flower!

rahina qh said...

love those brush strokes on the flower, I keep working on getting that effect and sometimes I can. How is it achieved consistently Jala?

diddamsdigitalart said...

Oh, Jala, the light in this one is gorgeous! And that touch of green on the stem for balance, too. No sacrifice... you've imortalized that flower.

Jala Pfaff said...

Bill - Well, last time they sacrificed (unbeknownst to them) some forget-me-nots, so this time we took the hit.

Jane - Thanks. Yes, I love these little guys.

Rahina - Thanks. I don't know how one can do it consistently. It does seem to have a lot to do, though, with the amount of paint on one's brush and how much paint is already on the surface...there's a sweet point when it all works and you get the brushstroke you want. But I don't know either how to have it happen right all the time.

Donald - Thanks! Good thing I did, because it gave up the ghost the next day. So sad when those fragile little petals start dropping off.

loriann said...

Oh the sacrifices we make for art....and it was definitely worth it.You were very successful in straying from the realism and singing with the poetic.

Karen said...

yes, I agree with the others, it was worth it.

Laurel Daniel said...

I love your simple brushwork and that fabulous orange just pops out of the grey background!

MacElf said...

Very nice, Jala, I have been taking a lot of pictures of poppies in the last week - I will send you a close-up I did of the veins (got some new lenses). I also like the reflections of paint on the surface here. Haven't checked in since the cat contours - hey, what about all this rain?? Cheers, Jonathan