Dedicated to my WordPress Friends! 2014 Red Candle Unveiled

Too funny, whoever said I’m not tenacious!  I wasn’t about to give up on my little red candle.  So based on everyone’s great feedback, particularly Rhonda and Eva, I made some final touches leaving me with two options (threw out one of the close-ups) to add to our Christmas Card possibilities for 2014.

Red Candle, an oil pastel (7×5) was painted on white heavy card stock paper with mainly Senneliers and Neopastels.  Notice the dripping red wax, glow on the walls and table, darkened top edges of the background to help achieve some glow (w/o dark you can’t have light) and finally some reflections on the table.  Your feedback helped me see the scene more clearly, what a difference these changes made.

I’m calling this “The WordPress Community Project” for 2014!  Thank you for not giving up on me, now I’m happy and can move on to my next painting ~

2014 Red Candle - full version

2014 Red Candle – full version

2014 Red Candle - final close-up version

2014 Red Candle – final close-up version


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43 Responses to Dedicated to my WordPress Friends! 2014 Red Candle Unveiled

  1. Karah Serine says:

    They both are delightful!! I really like the adjustments…. 🙂

  2. Madhu says:

    It is absolutely gorgeous Mary! Thank you 🙂

  3. Mary, you are lighting up WP!

  4. M-R says:

    Bloody amazing you could get ANYTHING out of that maelstrom of input ! {grin}

  5. Painting for Joy says:

    Yay Mary! Now the painting reads “light”. It’s beautiful! Well done!

    I’m so happy I didn’t offend with my thoughts. “The Word Press Community Project” is a perfect way to describe it. I think it’s great when artists can support one another. That’s how it was way back in the day….I’m talking way back to Monet’s time….they would paint during the day then spend the evenings together in the pubs, discussing art and techniques and giving each constructive support. That doesn’t happen any more, sadly. This is why I adore my art friends in blog land.

    Hope to see this one as a Christmas Card! 🙂 xoxo

    • Mary says:

      Hi Rhonda, such a beautiful comment, thank you so much. That is why I enjoy the blogging world – perhaps I use it differently, but it’s an exciting community that keeps on giving. I love reading about the old masters and there collaborative efforts – just imagine how important it was to them since communication was limited if you consider what is available to us today. I’ve two more paintings to do and then the big decision on picking a Christmas card – husband will be involved too (family effort). Have a great weekend ~

  6. ladyfi says:

    What a glorious painting!

  7. nutsfortreasure says:

    So delightful! Loving the color!

  8. poppytump says:

    A lovely little painting now elevated to the more special category with your tweeks Mary ! I think particularly with the addition of the dripping wax one there is a sense of *waiting and time passing .. love the flame flickering gold on blue

    • Mary says:

      Hi Poppy, thank you for your generous comment – whew, never thought this one would come together. The eyes of some great blog friends helped bring exciting new elements to the painting. But now, I’m glad to go back to my other winter painting projects. I really liked your description, “dripping wax one there is a sense of waiting and time passing,” lovely ~

  9. Always nice to see your wonderful paintings, Mary! Well done! 🙂

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  11. aFrankAngle says:

    Salute to the readers that gave you the ideas for the finishing touches. … and thanks for the dedication!

  12. Awww, what a beautiful card, Mary! It is now perfect!! 😉

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Marina – aw paintings like this don’t come easily for me, as you can see. So 2015 I’ll be challenging myself to work on still life’s/florals with a looser application of the paint. Thanks again, on to my next project!

  13. Gloria Ester says:

    This is just so beautiful Mary.

  14. Bravo to the little red candle that didn’t give up. Have I read you well? Are you considering to print some of your paintings to make holiday cards? That would be great!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Evelyne – developing this was something else, right? This will be my first year to have one of my paintings as a holiday card – I might be leaning toward a winter landscape, but we’ll see. I may start selling cards next year with my drawings/paintings – a decision that’s been long in coming, working on final plans. Thanks for asking ~

  15. Lis says:

    wonderful paintings….love greeting from Lis

  16. I’m more than happy to see the final result! It worked out just beautifully Mary and I feel honored that you considered my suggestions worthy of your painting! Love, love your dedication, it is very inspiring. “The WordPress Community Project” is a super cool idea and I’m definitively in for a repeat any time! The little red candle journey was a very exiting one indeed!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Eva – your suggestion was perfect to top off the light w/n the painting. It’s fun to solicit feedback and then incorporate it into a painting – I love reading peoples opinions and thoughts. This time, as soon as I dragged a glob of red paint with a painters knife – I finally saw the painting and heard it (although it did take forever).

      Thank you, love your encouragement! Wish you could see my hands right now, they are stained dark blue from a sky I’ve been painting – lol, you just got to love it!

  17. Warm & inviting! Just beautiful 🙂

  18. ashokbhatia says:

    Shaped up so very well!

  19. Lee says:

    Always a pleasure to view your amazing paintings.

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