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Saturday, May 29, 2010

White Peonies, 6x8, Oil

*note... I accidently priced my small paintings $25 less than 
my last event - $50 each at Art In The Barn, North River Festival! this weekend only!*

When I was a young and very foolish woman I actively disliked Peonies.  I had my husband dig up (I'm shuddering just thinking of this) vast beds of them around our first house because they had ants all over their flowers.  Years later when I learned how wonderful gardening is and flowers in general I repented - and then begged for Peonies all around the yard.  I know now the ants help eat the sticky stuff off the petals so they can open.  I have 4 beautiful varieties in the yard, now, these being the simplest, just white - with, occasionally, a streak of magenta along the edge of a petal. 
$100 & $10 S&H via PayPal


  1. Hi Kelley - the shadows are striking yet subtle. Adds so much to the richness of the white.

  2. I love peonies, even thogh they are short lived. Mine are pink. Nice painting, and have a great festival.

  3. I like the way you painted the petal edges, they look absolutely "peony"!

  4. These are gorgeous, Kelley! I really like the color palette with it's golds and pale pale pinks on that dark background.

    You did such a good job on this difficult subject. I had one little Peony bloom (they don't grow well down here) but it was so beautifully complex that I lost my nerve when it came to painting it. I admire your talent!

  5. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I like the many colors of white in the petals.

  6. What gorgeous flowers, and what a gorgeous painting!

  7. Beautiful!! Peonies are my ALL-TIME favorite flower. So glad you have amended your ways. This painting shows your love and affection for them - such great depiction of their delicate nature.

  8. Your painting is sublime, too. I used to have a white peony bush that I painted every spring. I miss it. Thanks for sharing yours with us!

  9. I just discovered peonies myself and am dying to paint them. My sister has pink ones in her yard... Next time I go over there I will take a snip. Fantastic painting... I hope to see your work in life someday, it seems to have such a nice texture, lovely.


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