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.
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Beautifully captures the colors of nature
I am delighted with your creativity
Thank you for your kind feedback and compliment.
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.
Hi Janice, thank you so much for your visit – really appreciate it!
It is nice how you captured them beginning to bud, Mary!
Thanks so much Christy!!
The complimentary colors are working. I do see the glow of each flower.
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!
I love this one, too, Mary ! – it’s right up my alley.
Thank you M.R.! A little different from my usual, but was totally fun to create the piece.
I’m glad: that means you will try some more. 🙂
You never know – I have a couple of great natural shots of some of these flowers in one of our perennial gardens – so maybe!
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!
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.
Another beauty, Mary. Does look like an impressionist. I love all the details in the flowers, backdrop and tabletop. 🙂
Hi Geralyn, thank you so much. Painting a full floral scene is still very new to me, so I appreciate your feedback. Thanks again ~
I can feel the warmth of the sunrise in these flowers. 🙂
Thanks Gallivanta – enjoyed your thoughts on this one . . . warmth of the sunrise, beautiful.
Beautiful, Mary ❤
Thank you Leyla!!
Beautiful! Your challenge is progressing wonderfully Mary.
Thanks so much Rhonda for your encouraging support!
Another beautiful painting Mary! I am amazed at how quickly you get these done!~Rita
Thanks Rita – this one took a couple of days, had to let the painting setup a couple of times because of all the paint.
Wonderful painting, Mary. I like the impressionistic feel to it and I love yellow flowers, they just always make me smile. 🙂
Hi Janell, thank you very much – really appreciate your feedback! Yellow flowers always gives an uplifting feel to the environment.
I love your impressionistic flowers Mary! They are truly gorgeous.
Thank you Dorann, it was fun watching this floral come alive ~ have a lovely evening!
This, Miss Mary, i would say demanded many delicate touches
and you have the touch. It’s very fine indeed.
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!!
So bright and beautiful! ❤ it…. 🙂
Thank you so much Maniparna – it was a different scene for me, but enjoyable all the same. Thanks again ~
Looks like a van Gogh!
Wow Marick, such a compliment – thank you very much. You’ve made my day!!
Luminous flowers …like they have been drinking in the days sunshine Mary ! Gorgeous 🙂
But Oh … do love those blues and greens too …
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!
Amazing blend of colors, love it!
Thank you so much for your thoughts!! There are a lot of color layers within the piece – I was surprise the painting handled them.
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. 🙂
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 ~
You too, my dear Mary!! 🙂 xx
Beautiful, Mary! 🙂
Beautiful work, Mary! I love the tones you used and the composition. 🙂
Thank you Jackie!
I love this one too, Mary! Gee whiz – I think I love them all. (smile)
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!”
A beautiful work, Mary. I love the background as much as the flowers. 🙂
Thanks Sylvia, means a lot to receive your feedback!!
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! 🙂
Amy what a beautiful comment and compliment – really this is a total learning opportunity for me. I’m doing a lot of experimenting with styles, colors and surfaces – really appreciate your feedback!
I have gotta love good old bright and sunny Coreopsis! Beautiful work Mary.
Thanks Susan! They are beautiful flowers aren’t they – I’m excited to see ours bloom, won’t be long now.
You have captured the essence of the flowers and the moment 🙂
Thank you Janet for your beautiful feedback!
So pretty, I love the way you do the backgrounds in your flower paintings.
Thank you Simla. These backgrounds are all new for me, so to receive your comment well, it means a lot. Thanks again ~
Who needs clean lines? You’ve captured their sunny personalities perfectly!
Love it!! Thanks very much ~
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!
Hi Heidi, thanks so much for your thoughts on this piece. The reflections came in at the last minute, thank you for noticing.
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?) 🙂
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!
The golds and blues are striking! I love the blurred edges on the flowers – it lends a dreamy effect.
Thank you Sharon – I’ve really enjoyed your thoughts on what made an impression for you. Thanks again ~
another great piece Mary… you’re the best 🙂
Thank you Heath, your beautiful comments are really appreciated!
So beautiful and decadent at the same time! I love the background. Gorgeous work!
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.
Very nice, Mary. 🙂
Thanks so much Jill!!