Sunday, March 29, 2009

White Camellia - WIP Corner - SOLD

"White Camellia"
(Nuccio's Gem)

6"x 8" Oil on gessoed board.

I took a photo of this beautiful camellia at a friends home and have shown the cropped photo below. You'll see the progression of how I approached the painting as follows. The challenge was to paint this flower that had perfect petals in a looser technique, seeing the shapes and not the petals. I can tell you that flowers are a struggle for me in that I forget to see them as shapes. I'm getting better but not there yet.

The painting was done in one sitting and wet into wet.

7 comments:

Edward Burton said...

Beautiful job, Marilyn. I have a difficult time with flowers too.

Debbie said...

Soooo pretty!!! You've done a wonderful job in capturing the delicate petals and the glossy leaves too.

Vern Schwarz said...

Wow, tough assignment with all those petals, but you pulled it off. Thanks for the demo Marilyn. I gave you a nod over at mine.

Alina said...

You are a great paintor! You made the flower more beautiful than it was!

Marilyn M. King said...

Thanks Edward and Debbie for your ongoing encouragement and generous comments!

Vern, Thanks for the blog award. I went ahead and added you to my list on my last post on "tags and awards". You are welcome for the demo!

Alina, your comment is just what an artist wants to hear! Thanks for visiting all the way from Romania!

artbymj said...

Beautiful and those leaves look just like camellia leaves! I've had a camellia photo sitting around that I keep avoiding - now you've inspired me.

L.Holm said...

Wonderful work! I love seeing your reference, and your process. vern said it--very tough assignment that you pulled off splendidly!