“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.
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Thank you so much Fina- hope you have a lovely day!
Wow such a wonderful painting!
Thank you Antonia for such a lovely comment- I always appreciate it. Thank you also for your visit, nice to meet you.
Kakuzo is correct, flowers are great friends! And your paintings are beautiful!
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.
I didn’t know these words by Okakura Kakuzo but they really sound true! And your painting is always full of emotion 🙂
Hi Robert, thank you for your kind words on the painting – it was a great piece to work on!
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.
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.
This is just gorgeous Mary!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Great to hear from you Rita, thank you so much for your enthusiasm with this painting – it is always appreciated!!
This would be a great one to see in person.. it glows, so in person it would surely be like seeing the actual flowers!
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.
Beautiful Mary! I loved seeing this today and your delicate way of approaching the subject is so calming to my eye.
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.
Ah, Mary, your azaleas are exceptional!!!!!! 🙂 So good seeing your beautiful art again! xoxoxo
Great to see you Marina, thank you so much for leaving such a beautiful comment. you know how to make me smile and appreciate my blogging friend all the more. I am looking forward to seeing what you have been up to. Have a wonderful weekend.
The beauty of energetic passion and nature…
Thank you for your visit and kind thoughts – much appreciated.
Looks beautiful Mary.
Great to see you Kathy- thank you for your kind words cousin.
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. 🙂
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.
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!!!
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.
Beautiful. Powerful blaze of delicate blooms
Thank you Derrick for your read on this painting – truly appreciated. Have a great week.
So happy to see your paintings back, Mary!! I enlarged this one to truly appreciate it!!
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.
It’s beautiful. And I love the colour of the vase, too. It must be wonderful to have such floral abundance this year.
Thank you Gallivanta and for noticing the vase.
we’ve been very lucky with the rains this year. Hope this finds you well.
🙂 🙂 🙂 I am well, thank you. Have just returned from a family wedding. Lots of fun.
That’s wonderful, good to hear Gallivanta.
Thank you Susan – for visiting and being so generous. Have a wonderful week.
You too. It has been lovely here for early June.
Love your response – thank you so much!!
Lovely, Mary! 🙂
Thanks Fabio- always appreciate your feedback and kind words.
Good for me to come back and find your beautiful works! Take care, my friend! 🙂
Thank you kindly – means a lot. Have a great week ahead.
19” inches of rain, wonderful!
I love this colorful flower painting. Truly beautiful!
Our lawn never looked so green! Thank you for your nice comment – glad you enjoyed it.
Wow 😳 this is so beautiful Mary ❤️
Thanks so much Elaine- I truly appreciate it.
Thanks Jill for your response to the painting – I always appreciate your thoughts! Have a great week ahead.
Nice flowers, unfortunately its been a very cool and rainy spring here. I’m hoping for some hot weather soon.
Thanks Shawn – I really appreciate it. Our hot temps are just getting started, a little late this year but I’m not complaining!!
Hi Patricia, thanks very much – glad you enjoyed the painting!
Mary, your paintings always bring such joy to the eye and heart. Thank you.
You are welcome!
Oh lovely. Really like this 🙂
Thank you Michelle for your kind thoughts – I appreciate it!
Absolutely beautiful! 😊
Thank you so much – you’ve made my day! Always appreciate your comments.