15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Coreopsis Early Sunrise, #9

Continuing with the flower challenge, #9 Coreopsis Early Sunrise are flowers I know well – they are just beginning to bud and hopefully within the next two weeks we’ll see them open.

#9 Coreopsis Early Sunrise, an oil pastel (8×8) is painted on a gesso prepared artist canvas board using mainly Senneliers and Holbeins.  This time I experimented with the background using darks and lights along with complimentary colors adding a bit of drama for the flowers to shine.  Artist canvas board isn’t a high quality surface and for some reason oil pastels tend to blend out on this material making it difficult to obtain clean lines, it’s very weird.  But I like the effect for some paintings giving an impressionist style with soft edging.

Six flower paintings to go in this challenge, thanks for checking in ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Coreopsis Early Sunrise with text


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73 Responses to 15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Coreopsis Early Sunrise, #9

  1. Beautifully captures the colors of nature
    I am delighted with your creativity

  2. Janice Wald says:

    I’m Janice from Reflections. I also know Christy B. Small world?
    Thank you for your visit to my site yesterday. I’m glad you liked my StumbleUpon article “9 Proven Ways…” Nice to meet you.

  3. It is nice how you captured them beginning to bud, Mary!

  4. The complimentary colors are working. I do see the glow of each flower.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Elena – this was one of those pieces where it needed the magic of complimentary colors. Thanks for mentioning. Hope you’ve had a good weekend!

  5. M-R says:

    I love this one, too, Mary ! – it’s right up my alley.

  6. An extraordinary bundle of joy! A total balance achieved on this canvass Mary! The composition, the scale, the position, the colors, all in an impressionistic most beautiful style. Love how you treated the background, not only with the perfect complimentary colors but by dividing it in almost half (with darks and lights) and balanced it out by positioning your vase on the perfect spot, the table cloth color and ratio finishes of perfectly the entire composition. With all these steps you made the flowers the focal point, the shining stars of your canvass. I love how “undone” the flower petals are. An absolute delight to see these flowers coming alive under your brush!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Eva, thank you so much for your assessment and feedback of this painting – it was a bit different for me. I knew I wanted a dark background so that the yellow flowers would stand out, but seriously it was a scene that I don’t have a lot of practice in pulling together. Once I started down the road, there was no turning back. I use the Quiller Wheel for color selection and my attention kept getting pulled toward blue/green – turquoise so it was used in the leaves along with indigo, but then I saw it – the table and the color was a natural fit for the effect I was after. Thank you, I have a long ways to go with floral composition and still life in general – besides learning color and all the technicals, but it’s been a real good challenge to take part in. Thanks again, hope you have a lovely evening.

  7. Another beauty, Mary. Does look like an impressionist. I love all the details in the flowers, backdrop and tabletop. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Geralyn, thank you so much. Painting a full floral scene is still very new to me, so I appreciate your feedback. Thanks again ~

  8. Gallivanta says:

    I can feel the warmth of the sunrise in these flowers. 🙂

  9. Leyla says:

    Beautiful, Mary ❤

  10. Painting for Joy says:

    Beautiful! Your challenge is progressing wonderfully Mary.

  11. Another beautiful painting Mary! I am amazed at how quickly you get these done!~Rita

  12. Wonderful painting, Mary. I like the impressionistic feel to it and I love yellow flowers, they just always make me smile. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Janell, thank you very much – really appreciate your feedback! Yellow flowers always gives an uplifting feel to the environment.

  13. dorannrule says:

    I love your impressionistic flowers Mary! They are truly gorgeous.

  14. This, Miss Mary, i would say demanded many delicate touches
    and you have the touch. It’s very fine indeed.

    Big Hugs

    uncle john

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Uncle John for your beautiful reply. There was a lot of razor scraping and blending to get the look I was after with the flower heads, all very interesting. Thanks so much!!

  15. So bright and beautiful! ❤ it…. 🙂

  16. Marick says:

    Looks like a van Gogh!

  17. poppytump says:

    Luminous flowers …like they have been drinking in the days sunshine Mary ! Gorgeous 🙂
    But Oh … do love those blues and greens too …

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Poppy, yellow flowers are so beautiful – I noticed today that a yellow rose opened over night, just love it. Glad you enjoyed these flowers – I was afraid they would shrink against a quiet background, so I turned it up a notch and was happy that the background didn’t over taken them – those flowers stand on their own. You’ll see some indigo and turquoise, along with 4+ green paints – I love the colors too. Thanks again!

  18. kerlund74 says:

    Amazing blend of colors, love it!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much for your thoughts!! There are a lot of color layers within the piece – I was surprise the painting handled them.

  19. I’m really enjoying your flowers, Mary! Love the effect on the blue / purple / brown background and the turquoise table. Those yellows stand out beautifully. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Marina – I’m so glad you are enjoying this series. I love your feedback on the colors (these are my favorite combinations). At first I was like, hm I don’t know if this is going to work, but the more layers I laid down the more I liked the effect of those yellows against the darker/rich areas of the piece. Have a wonderful evening, take good care ~

  20. Beautiful, Mary! 🙂

  21. Jackie says:

    Beautiful work, Mary! I love the tones you used and the composition. 🙂

  22. I love this one too, Mary! Gee whiz – I think I love them all. (smile)

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Cynthia – you make me smile. Painting flowers is very interesting, some days I’m glad I took on this challenge and others well “oh my!”

  23. A beautiful work, Mary. I love the background as much as the flowers. 🙂

  24. Amy says:

    I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy your 15 painting challenge and learn how to appreciate your beautiful paintings. Thank you, Mary! 🙂

  25. Susan Feniak says:

    I have gotta love good old bright and sunny Coreopsis! Beautiful work Mary.

  26. You have captured the essence of the flowers and the moment 🙂

  27. Simla Barki says:

    So pretty, I love the way you do the backgrounds in your flower paintings.

  28. Ogee says:

    Who needs clean lines? You’ve captured their sunny personalities perfectly!

  29. Heidi Hjort says:

    This is lovely, Mary. I especially enjoy the reflections on the table top and the highlights on the green on the left side. Beautiful work!

  30. I love the impressionist feel of this one, Mary…can imagine it on a side table in a bistro in France! Blue and orange happen to be my favorite complementaries, too, so I especially enjoy your creative treatment of surface and background…good show! (When will you allow us to purchase some of your work….or are you hoarding it for posterity?) 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cynthia, oh I loved reading your description of this piece – so funny last night I keep thinking about this painting and had every intention of scrubbing the painting off and starting again. When I saw it first thing, the painting read better to me than the photograph I took, so after some thought I decided to post it – the piece is a tad richer in person. I really do love blue and orange, and violet and yellows – these complementaries are my favorites to use and have really had a good time using them in these flower challenges. My husband laughed, paintings aren’t for sale yet – but one day! I do love “hoarding it for posterity” ~ that was good!

  31. Sharon says:

    The golds and blues are striking! I love the blurred edges on the flowers – it lends a dreamy effect.

  32. I of July says:

    another great piece Mary… you’re the best 🙂

  33. Francesca says:

    So beautiful and decadent at the same time! I love the background. Gorgeous work!

    • Mary says:

      You’ve made my day Francesca! Thank you so much – very cool that you like the background, the turquoise keep signing out to me and I finally gave it a try.

  34. Very nice, Mary. 🙂

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