Monday, March 29, 2010

Freedom with Freesias

I really appreciated everyone's input with my last post. I believe the reoccurring sentiment was: 1. this is a common stage for an artist to go through 2. to keep on , keeping on.... or continue to create and relax a little more about where it might take you. 3. Try different styles, experiment, explore.

So in keeping with this new insight, I decided to try and paint flowers. If you look back, I have only painted flowers in a simplistic style for a commission. I wasn't crazy about. The style I'm crazy about is Diane Hoeptner's. Such a beautiful, loose and lovely style for all sorts of flowers. If you don't know her work, check her out. I believe a National Retail business is looking to use some of her paintings to decorate some housewares.

I noticed the front yard had some freesias blooming. I plunked them in a clean Pace Picante Sauce jar and painted away. I was surprisingly please with the result. I am glad I tried to tackle something I thought I could not do.

8x6 oil on Raymar panel


31 comments:

Barb Hillier said...

Sheila your flowers are beautiful and your previous post of the portrait totally blew me away! I think we share the same growing pains but my flower painting today landed in a secret hiding place and yours enjoyed some success. Run with it and paint some more! I'll try again as I love a challenge.

Lori Bonanni said...

Nice flowers! I like the color vibration between the yellow background and the purple. I think spring has sprung!

Starr said...

ooooh! I'm likin' this one alot!

Kathy said...

Beautiful and lively! I think the active golden background is especially nice. Your brushwork is wonderful, as always.

becky joy said...

It is looking good. Most of all have fun with your painting. Absolutely love what you are doing and it will show.

Dana Cooper said...

Love these freesias Sheila, your confident brush work is fabulous...keep on girl, you are doing great!

Mary Paquet said...

Sheila, your portrait piece is stunning and these freezias are so appealing. I'm in love with the small dark flower on the left, the blue-green stems, and your exciting brushwork. I believe you've been experimental, whether you realize it or not. Each piece you do has the stamp of "Sheila" on it. Wonderful!

David Larson Evans said...

I am one of your many fans.

Alice Thompson said...

AHH FREEDOM! I can feel the excitement in this painting. It has the passion of a Van Gogh. I believe sometimes the most difficult thing in art is to begin a piece. I often start most of my paintings tackling that fear by painting the canvas panel in a solid dark color to hide all that bare canvas. I find nothing more intimidating than a squeeky clean white surface. A fearless attitude is essential for an artist to move forward... and we know you have plenty of that.

Kaylyn said...

Well. Warm colors contrasting with cool DO suit you! ; )

-Don said...

...and this is exactly what keeps painting fun for me, proving to myself I can do what my mind tells me I cannot. No Fear!

Excellent job, Sheila.... Keep 'em coming!

-Don

dominique eichi said...

LOve them and on top there are one of my FAVORITE flowers they smell SO good. You did such a great job , Yes fearless and beautiful

Celeste Bergin said...

I like these flowers--very expressive. Your style is the one I prefer (the link you sent us to is nice---) But --honestly I am just not that big a fan of super-real. I love paintings to look like paintings--like yours does. Well, that is what makes the world go round, right? different tastes. Your painting has panache!

AutumnLeaves said...

Beautiful work, Sheila. As always, your background just leaves me with my mouth hanging open. It is just exquisite and a beautiful use and blend of colors. The flowers themselves are spectacular and a lovely spring bouquet!

simoart said...

Sheila you are so creative, you are bless. I love your flowers, wonderful piece.

billspaintingmn said...

I like the painterly look! This is fun to look at.

Edward Burton said...

Beautiful job, Sheila! You're doing great!

Cathyann said...

Yay! another step forward.... keep it going...thanks for the kind words on my blog, Sheila
I love diane's work too. You can learn a whole lot from our friends out there.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Love the palette you chose with the yellows and vivid blue. I like Alice's comment about the Van Gogh. This picture has the same energy and lively feeling.

Mark Sheeky said...

Nice work. From the thumbnail in the "following" bit of my blog dashboard I could recognise your style! You have the power to paint anything in the world. All you have to do is choose what.

Linda said...

Just read your last post and I agree with all that was said in your comments! Growing pains!! I think it is good to once in a while stop and reflect. It is part of the journey we all experience. Your paintings not only give you joy and expression, but those of us who look at your work. Keep painting and sharing. Flowers are certainly one way to keep at it, especially this time of year as we are all loving spring! The freesias are beautiful and you captured that beauty with your brush strokes and those wonderful colors!!

Jala Pfaff said...

Fantastic one.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

ooohemgeee! Thank you so much Sheila. I LOVE this floral still life! You should do more!! Your expressive, dynamic brushwork lends itself beautifully on florals. You are such a doll (I know I've said that before) -- but you really are one of the sweetest and most steadfast people I've encountered online. Your hard work and dedication are remarkable, please keep painting!!

Michelle said...

I think when you feel a sense of freedom is when you paint the best. Love this very happy floral painting!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Sheila, Love this! I really like the hues and the brushwork, especially in the background. Your vibrant brushwork shows motion and keeps the painting interesting. Congratulations!

suzanneberry said...

Your work is inspiring me to break free and try something new. Another amazing painting! Hugs

Krista Hasson said...

Very nice Sheila I love the color and the texture of this.

Ellen said...

Whodathunk a salsa jar would look so great? Great job, Sheila!

Dean Grey said...

I bet they smell AMAZING, Sheila!

-Dean

Sheila E. said...

Beautiful! and love the color choices. I'm enjoying your artist journey through your blogging, it's helping me with my own. Thanks for your emotional honesty, sharing and loving support!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

you have such an interesting story. this painting is wonderful. i love the colors and the strokes.