Pink Azaleas – acrylic painting

“In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.” – by Okakura Kakuzo

Our flower beds are really blooming this year.  In North Texas we’ve already had ~ 19″ of rain, last year at this time 5.6″ and normally we’ll have maybe 7-8″.  So just imagine what all that rain has done for our wonderful flowers this year, they are exploding everywhere!  For me, it’s really hard to look closely at a flower and not see perfection ~

Pink Azaleas, an acrylic painting (9×12) was done on a canvas wrapped frame – first time I’ve used one of these and I liked how it performed.  My normal brands of acrylics (Liquitex and Golden – both fluid and heavy body) were used for this piece.  For brushes I used Princeton Select (chisel blender and a flat shader) and Master Touch for watercolor/acrylics.  This painting was started with a very thin underpainting using burnt umber to tint the canvas and workout a basic outline for the flowers and vase.  The darkest darks in the background was a mixture of prussian blue and raw umber, and then for harmony many of the colors that are found within the wood shelf and flowers were added to the background.

Thank you for visiting, it is always appreciated ~ click onto the image to enlarge the painting.

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.  Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

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62 Responses to Pink Azaleas – acrylic painting

  1. antonia_ says:

    Wow such a wonderful painting!

  2. Kakuzo is correct, flowers are great friends! And your paintings are beautiful!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you again! This year we have had a lot of rain and the flowers are growing like crazy and are gorgeous. Hope you are enjoying the summer months.

  3. I didn’t know these words by Okakura Kakuzo but they really sound true! And your painting is always full of emotion 🙂

  4. Oddment says:

    Coming to you through Judy at New England Garden and Thread, and so glad for Judy’s mention of you. I can see why you earned the accolade. I love azaleas and will ever be in awe of those who can reproduce them with paint. It must have been fun to be immersed in those colors.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you oddments for your visit and generous comment of the azalea painting – I really appreciate it. I had a wonderful time capturing the flowers, especially the red ones and the subtle tones. Judy has a fantastic blog and I will be sure to thank her for the nod toward my work. Have a lovely summer. Thanks again.

  5. rita dicaprio says:

    This is just gorgeous Mary!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  6. This would be a great one to see in person.. it glows, so in person it would surely be like seeing the actual flowers!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Lisa! It was fun building this piece – lots of layers of paint. It taught me a lot, but then most of my paintings do. Have a wonderful week.

  7. cmartzloff says:

    Beautiful Mary! I loved seeing this today and your delicate way of approaching the subject is so calming to my eye.

    • Mary says:

      So good to see you Catherine- thank you for leaving such a nice comment. What greater compliment from an amazing artist. Thank you for making my day. Looking forward to seeing your latest works.

  8. Ah, Mary, your azaleas are exceptional!!!!!! 🙂 So good seeing your beautiful art again! xoxoxo

  9. The beauty of energetic passion and nature…

  10. Kathy LaCorte says:

    Looks beautiful Mary.

  11. Just about the time I think I’ve seen your best work, you present us with another masterpiece. This is truly lovely. Applause to your skills. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Judy for such a generous comment and compliment- it means alot and is appreciated. I really enjoyed working on this piece, it kind of led me through the process. Thanks again and have a great weekend.

  12. Resa says:

    Really gorgeous, Mary! The bouquet exploded when I enlarged the pic. The background, vase, cloth all worked to make the flowers the stars! Love it!!!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Resa, I smiled reading your response. So glad you enlarged the image – in person it is a bit more subdued, but you’ve gotten the idea. You know how to make my day.

  13. Beautiful. Powerful blaze of delicate blooms

  14. GP Cox says:

    So happy to see your paintings back, Mary!! I enlarged this one to truly appreciate it!!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you GP for your kind comments. I amglad that you enlarged the image, it really gives an idea of the detailing and brush strokes. Thanks again for always being present.

  15. Gallivanta says:

    It’s beautiful. And I love the colour of the vase, too. It must be wonderful to have such floral abundance this year.

  16. Mama Duck says:

    So pretty!!🌸🌸

  17. Fabio says:

    Lovely, Mary! 🙂

  18. Amy says:

    19” inches of rain, wonderful!
    I love this colorful flower painting. Truly beautiful!

  19. Elaine says:

    Wow 😳 this is so beautiful Mary ❤️

  20. Nice flowers, unfortunately its been a very cool and rainy spring here. I’m hoping for some hot weather soon.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Shawn – I really appreciate it. Our hot temps are just getting started, a little late this year but I’m not complaining!!

  21. Oh lovely. Really like this 🙂

  22. Absolutely beautiful! 😊

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