15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Lilac, #13

I hope to catch up on everyone’s blogs tomorrow – the last couple of days was spent painting and working in the gardens.  Only two to go more paintings left in the challenge ~ continuing the countdown.

Lilac, #13 is an oil pastel (8×10) painted on a gesso prepared hardboard.  A gouache underpainting was done, then two coats of clear gesso, then a very thin white wash in acrylic and finally layer, upon layer of oil pastel was applied.  I’ve wanted to paint a lilac for the longest time, but felt unsure about approaching the petals and make the painting convincing.  So here we are, why not do it as part of this challenge ~

Thanks for checking in on the challenge ~ click  onto the image for a larger view.

Lilac, #13Reference image used was from Mary Watts of pmp.


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109 Responses to 15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Lilac, #13

  1. Resa says:

    Thank you Mary! Your 15 flowers should be an Art Show!!!
    Especially, thank you for including the lilac, my favorite blooms….ever!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Resa, thank you so much for your feedback and compliment! It was a fun challenge that really could have gone on for a long time, I’ll be painting flowers again ~ stay tuned.

  2. mamie says:

    Oooh, I love this one. The colors are especially nice and calming, and I love how you presented the wood.

  3. Gorgeous, Mary! Our leaf buds are beginning to unfold on our lilac tree. Spring is grand. Have a happy day. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Bette, thanks so much. Great to read that Maine is finally starting to wake up from the long winter months. Nothing like appreciating Spring all the more. Hope you get tremendous joy from your lilac tree and all the Spring leafs popping open! Have a great weekend.

  4. lesliepaints says:

    The colors, oh the colors! You nailed it, even down to the droopy weight of the heavy blossoms.

  5. I of July says:

    wish I could smell them 🙂

  6. So gorgeous! I love lilacs, and am looking forward to our flowers blooming in the next month.

    • Mary says:

      Thank so much for your generous feedback – the flower challenge came at the perfect time of year! Love your floral drawings ~

  7. aFrankAngle says:

    Such a beautiful dash of spring color…. (As I madly try to catch up after an evil WP gnome attacked by notification settings.)

    • Mary says:

      Hi Frank, than you for your fine comment – means a lot. Glad you enjoyed the piece. I heard from another blogger that the notification settings had an issue – hope they get it under control. Just getting ready to finish #14 flower painting ~ have a great day!

  8. lulu says:

    Using your creative abilities impresses me more than keeping up with blogs which you also do very well.

    • Mary says:

      Lulu you are so nice, than you so much. But my husband has recently retired and it has been a true struggle in keeping up with painting and the blog. I’m trying not to let any of it fall by the wayside, a routine will develop all in time. I see you are on the road again! Save travels ~

  9. Glad you tried your hand at painting lilacs, Mary. They’re one of my favorite flowers! Beautiful painting!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Geralyn for your lovely comment – I’m a huge fan of lilacs too. Glad you enjoyed the piece. Nice to see you after your marathon – congratulations btw on your finish!!

  10. Millie Ho says:

    Purple, the colour of royalty. Befitting of your work, Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Miss Millie – so great to see you again. Thank you for your kind feedback and compliment, means a lot. Hope you are making strides with your book.

  11. Marick says:

    Very lovely! Purple is such a nice colour. The background really pleases me as well 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Pauline for your lovely feedback – I love the color purple in flowers. I was going to paint in some cutting shears or gloves and thought better of it, would have gone with the rustic background.

  12. Hi Mary, This a fabulous painting. Love the colors and I can almost smell them! 🙂 I am just catching up on posts as we also spent most of the weekend outdoors gardening! Spring is definitely in the air.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Janell, I hear you about the gardening – it’s a tug of war in what wins out gardening – painting – blogging! Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed the painting!

  13. ladyfi says:

    Wow – this is so beautiful!

  14. Amazing painting!!! I love it so much. The colors you used are perfect (especially all these different blue tones).

  15. I just want to run out and get an armload of lilacs right now!

    I’m sure the neighbour wouldn’t notice… or mind…

  16. OhHHH, I love lilacs and these are gorgeous!

  17. oh mary, it’s always a joy to the senses to view your posts! this is so lovely! i wish i could see it in person!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Z! The painting does look better in person. One of these days I’ll have to see about getting a camera that takes better close-ups. It was a fun flower to paint with oil pastels, I almost got the layers as thick as oil paints for knife work.

  18. restlessjo says:

    Spot on, Mary! This really is beautiful 🙂 And I’m looking forward to seeing the lighthouse too.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Jo – you are the best! You’ll be back from your current trip and onto your next before the lighthouse will be done, lol! Have a great trip to Poland!

  19. Amy says:

    Beautiful! The coatings are beautifully done. I always love the lilac, now I know why. Thank you, Mary!

  20. Angie Mc says:

    You have outdone yourself, Mary! You know how much I love your florals ❤

  21. That is so beautiful, Mary! At first I thought is was a photograph. Lovely!

  22. Susan Feniak says:

    Stunning!! Looks like Lilac’s to me. Almost need to have a whiff of their perfume!!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Susan, thank you so much for your generous comment – really appreciate it. We’ll have to figure out how to make floral paintings with simulated smells, lol ~ thanks again!

  23. Oh this is so romantic Mary, love, love lilacs and this is just superbly executed! Love how loose you got with your brush and for these lilacs that technique is perfectly reflecting the essence of it.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Eva, thank you so much for your awesome feedback on this painting. I agree about lilacs and romance, a wonderful connection – perhaps because of the quiet purples and sweet fragrance. I used a painters knife a lot in this piece that I think contributed to the looseness, that was a decision that I struggled with in the beginning whether to make the petals tight or loose, loose won out. Thank you for seeing those areas that bring a scene together, means a lot to read your analysis. Have a wonderful week!

  24. Mary, You have really outdone yourself on this one!! This is just gorgeous. From the colors, to the form of the flowers,… just fantastic. Lilacs are not an easy flower to paint and you nailed it. I LOVE it. ~Rita

    • Mary says:

      Very cool Rita, thank you so much I really loved your description. Was interesting trying to figure how to paint it with OPs, that and having to let it set up each day in order to layer on more paint. It was fun, one day maybe I’ll try a peony. Hope you have a great week ~

  25. This is really lovely, Mary. It’s interesting to read the process you’ve used. Thanks for sharing. 😃

  26. Beautiful painting and style. I can almost smell their wonderful scent.

  27. dorannrule says:

    Every one of your flower paintings is exceptional. This is not exception! 🙂

  28. Painting for Joy says:

    You got it!! Looks exactly like Lilacs to me right down to the way they curve on the stem. I adore Lilacs and their delicious scent! Very lovely Mary.

  29. I can almost smell ’em!

  30. anna77dennis says:

    lovely and the colour is wonderful, I am finding it really hard to find the right colour for a Wisteria painting at the moment!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Anna for your lovely feedback. The colors and fullness of the branches of flowers is what drew me to paint the scene. I know what you mean about getting the colors right, takes a bit of mixing and blending. Looking forward to seeing your painting!

  31. Absolutely beautiful, Mary!! May I “press” this post for use on another day as long as I give credits to you? I can’t believe it is a painting it looks so real! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Patrick, such a compliment and thank you for asking to “press” this. Yes, I’m looking forward to your post. Have a great week!

  32. ĽAdelaide says:

    Gorgeous colors, Mary…. It’s so full of those luscious lilac colors. Beautiful work!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Linda! I love lilac colors and this scene of them gave me plenty of opportunity to play them up. Thanks again, hope you have a lovely week ~

  33. Simply gorgeous, Mary! Double happiness to me as mine didn’t bloom this year and I am so fond of lilac trees!!!! Beautifully done. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Marina – I’m so glad that I could bring you these flowers this year. Sorry to read that yours did not open, the fragrance is so awesome. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

  34. Beautifully arranged and painted

  35. poppytump says:

    You’ve caught their essence so well Mary… a myriad of tiny mauve and lilac lowers making up a voluptuous show …. you’ve been so busy with this series but how rewarding it must feel 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Poppy – I hadn’t a clue how I was going to approach this painting. I kept seeing the finished piece, but took a while to get a handle on what technique to use. It was a great exercise and I’ll probably paint lilacs again- was a lot of fun. You’re right about the reward, it’s been a long time coming for painting flowers that I always wanted to paint.

  36. elisa ruland says:

    You did the lovely lilac justice, Mary! Lilacs bring back lovely memories of my family’s backyard when I lived in the north. They just don’t thrive in Atlanta’s humid summers, but oh, your painting sure does! Beautiful.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Elisa, thank you very much. I’m thrilled that these lilacs brought back good memories. You are so right, these flowers are signatures up North – I miss seeing the flowering trees and bushes, and wonderful scent. Have a great week ahead.

  37. This vibrant colours and freshness made my Sunday morning… 🙂

  38. John says:

    Love the colors, my wife says this one is really pretty. 🙂

  39. Gallivanta says:

    Lilac, gorgeous lilacs. So glad you chose lilacs. So seldom seen in gardens in my neighbourhood. Such a shame.

  40. This is so lush and the colors are wonderful, Mary.

  41. Sharon says:

    This is really beautiful.

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