Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Iris Garden painting day


It seemed like it would be a gray day in Salem, OR at the Schreiner's Iris Gardens. But, it was a sometimes sunny day and the flowers were in their glory. I just couldn't resist the giant Oriental poppies. Here you get an idea of my set up and how the under painting looks.

Flowers are like people, with faces and graceful gestures. The poppies have a tissue paper like texture and a slight breeze lifts the petals in a graceful dance.

9 comments:

Celeste Bergin said...

The large flower filling up the space is O'Keeffe-esque! Great work, can't wait to see this in real life.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thanks!

Nick said...

Hey! A new foray into the world of technology! Good for you! Cool painting too.

Maeona said...

Nice flower. Isn't it funny how many people went to the Iris garden and painted other flowers.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

True, Maeona! Tomorrow I'll paint irises!

bullwinkle said...

I need to paint flowers. As Georgia O'Keeffe said, "They're cheaper than models and don't move". Not to mention easier to sell than nudes.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Did Georgia O'Keefe really say that?

Nudes ARE a tough sell, I agree, but a joy to draw and paint them!

bullwinkle said...

Actually, she said "I hate flowers - I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move".

bullwinkle said...

I love working with nudes for a variety of reasons, the least of which is accuracy. You can "fake" a landscape of cityscape (i.e. take liberties with proportion and shape), but the human body is pretty much a given. You better be pretty much right on. Makes for a lovely challenge. Check out some of mine at: johnrholland.com