Saturday, January 24, 2009

Camellia and Rice Bowl -Revised 2/6-SOLD

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6"x8" Oil on stretched canvas.



I was never satisfied with this painting. The flower just wasn't finished and the photo was not a good representation of the piece. I "oiled -up" the dry painting and painted over the camellia and the left side background. Now I feel much better about offering it on ebay.

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I found this bowl at a consignment store and have been looking forward to painting it. The camellia seemed to be the perfect companion and would have been if I could paint flowers! I'm not sure why flowers are such a struggle for me. I try to paint the shapes and colors and not "think" flower, but I still don't have the hang of it. Other artists fool us into thinking they are easy, but NO! I love my bowl so all is not a loss. :o) Does anyone know what the Chinese character means?

10 comments:

rick nilson said...

"marilyn kicks out the jam!" At least that's what I think it says. The only problem with your paintings is that there aren't enough of them. You knew that.

pmthreads said...

I believe the kanji is "sun" or "day". That is assuming the gap on the bottom left is just artistic (otherwise is it something completely different, but I did a search and didn't find anything).

Did I mention that I'm learning Japanese? (the kanji is the same, but not the word/pronunciation) I started after Christmas & I just started kanji a few days ago.

Debbie said...

I think your flower is very pretty and adds a nice delicate touch to the ceramic bowls. I also have alot of trouble when painting flowers, I know how you feel!!!

Sheila said...

Camellias are beautiful but such a challenge for me. You've rendered it beautifully. I love the way you captured the glaze on the bowl also. I also have to agree with pmthreads as to what the calligraphy might mean. Yoku dekimashita! (Well done)

Marilyn M. King said...

Rick, I'm going to try working on that, but you knew that.

Tiffany, thanks for the translation, I just wanted to be really sure that I wasn't painting something unsavory!

Debbie, we'll have to "practice" on our flowers this year. Thanks for your kind words as usual.

Thanks Shiela, I love it when you drop by and build my ego. Works every time! lol

Jennifer Young said...

You said it...flowers ARE challenging. I think it's because they're so delicate and translucent. My solution seems to be to treat them with sensitivity by slapping the petals on with a trowel. LOL! You've done a good job with your Camellia though, and the bowl is gorgeous.

Marilyn M. King said...

Thanks Jennifer, I think that might work! lol I know I need practice and a new approach.

Edward Burton said...

Great painting, Marilyn - I think you did a beautiful job with the camillia. I agree though, flowers are very tricky to paint.

Dar Presto said...

You've painted with such integrity that I can sense the weight and feel of the bowls and the delicateness of the petals. Very nicely done!

Edward Burton said...

I thought that the other version was very nice, but you did improve it and it looks great, Marilyn - has more of an impact. Well done!