Friday, October 22, 2010

Mum's The Word, Original Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

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These mums are called Flamingo.  They're a new kind, and they are deep pinky salmon with orangy centers.  Now that I've uploaded it I can see glare in the middle of the photo - apologies.  I'll try again tomorrow, hopefully with better light.
I thought this would be a tedious painting, but it turned out to be downright joyful to paint!  I loved the way the depth just kind of evolved, loosely, with various leaves and stems.  Normally I'd overwork this part, but somehow I didn't feel the need to!
We did value studies in class today - SUCH a valuable lesson, no matter HOW long you've been painting!
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9 comments:

  1. Kelley, love the alluring depths in these mums. Nice.

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  2. Wonderful, probably freaking stunning (without the glare factor.) Darker paintings are so hard to photo-- You've been busy, I need to visit your blog more often!!

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  3. Lovely, Kelley! So different from your previous painting...different mood. I really like the mass of the blooms and the way you handled the lighting details. Not easy!

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  4. Kelley, This looks like a hard one, that turned out beautifully! Great job!

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  5. Love the way you captured the mood and the colorful detail without much fuss. Wonderful!

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  6. What a daunting subject but you handled it beautifully. Love the pops of orange in the flowers.

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  7. Gorgeous pinks! They look so great next to the dark background. Wonderful job of showing light on the petals without over working it.

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  8. Kelley...just love this!! way not to over work. perfect!

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