Monday, December 08, 2008

"Buttercup-ish" - SOLD



I bought a bunch of these, intending to do a larger close-up painting of them. I ended up doing several small ones in one day instead, and I'm so glad. They moved all over the place! The reason for the title is because the pedals are thin and papery like buttercups (if you can tell me the name of the flower I'll be eternally grateful - I have a feeling it's not "buttercup-ish"). The flowers opened and closed and generally made painting them a real chore. But it was all worth it for the little white mini-flower down in the bottom of each one.

9 comments:

Kim Blair said...

Hi Carol:
I love the abstract quality of this piece and the colours are beautiful. If you are able to send me a close up photo of the actual flower I can probably tell you what it is....(being an ex florist)
Kim Blair

Judy said...

Carol, it looks like it may be some kind of poppy; challenging question without seeing open (either painted or in a photo). Love the loose, almost abstract nature to this painting, though!

theresamillerwatercolors said...

Looks like a tulip to me. The "mini flower" inside are the stamens... perhaps?

Judy said...

Gave it a second look this morning and it definitely looks like some kind of Papaver (poppy family probably). The center white "flower" is actually what becomes the top of the seed head. I'll send a few photos to you to see if it is something like these. There are many, many types of papaver flowers, but when you mentioned the buttercup-ish nature of the petals. The other clue is that you said that they move. Papavers definitly move around when opening. Your painting is a very unique one of a poppy (if it is a poppy!)and quite beautiful. Generally, folks paint the open flower or the seed head. You've printed an earlier stage.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Carol,I love the way that you painted this. So painterly, with the loose brush strokes! I love the movement, and energetic feeling! The strong, intense, colors are great It's just really beautiful!

Melody said...

It wouldn't be cheating to take a photo and painting from the photo, even if you didn't print it out, just left it on the computer. That way the lights and shadows stay just put.

Vicki Shuck said...

This is just too beautiful, Carol! What's in a name? A "buttercup-ish flower" by any other name would be as lovely!

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