Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Remembrance - SOLD


I love painting flowers and have painted carnations a couple of times before but this one gave me the toughest struggle. BUT, by the time I cleaned up my brushes I had learned something new regarding colour. Previously when I've tried to get bright pinks I have used combinations of magenta, cad yellow and orange. I still couldn't get the brightness! >: After a lot of playing around today I decided to go in with pure cad red and voila - it gave me the look I'd been searching for.
I think there's something romantic about choosing flowers for the meanings behind them. It seems very Victorian and almost like a secret language, although I confess it's not the way I buy. I looked up the meaning of pink carnations and it said: a pink carnation exclaims "I'll always remember you". Pink echoes thoughts of perfect happiness and thankfulness.
6" x 6" / oil on panel / SOLD

15 comments:

Starr said...

Well it really did the trick.. that's vibrant! I think I need to play with that color a bit now.... :)

Crystal Cook said...

That is just gorgeous Kim!! It's my favorite shade of pink. :) LOVE IT!

Kathy Cousart said...

This is wonderful- love the rich color! I will have to try pure Cad red...great info- thanks for sharing.

Virginia Floyd said...

The values in this flower are wonderful, Kim. Love the touch of blue-purple in the shadows. Beautiful!

Fay Akers said...

It is true that red is the hardest to achieve. Once I was in a show that was monochromatic red. What a horrid of a show. However your flower is wonderful.

SUSAN RODEN said...

And are you happy Kim? Should be, for this is lovely and so strong - you hit the perfect colors!

martinealison said...

Vous pouvez mettre votre oeillet à votre boutonnière! Il est parfait...
Les pétales tournent bien et font jaillir la lumière.
Bises

Ralph said...

I love the painting so much and the thoughts that lie behind it. I was aware of the meaning but it fits so well with you. Thank you for remembering me in my ansence and give my thoughts to your wonderful father.

Alice said...

Beautiful painting ! ..... very well done for a difficult flower. The shade of pink is..... yummy !

Sandra said...

Wow - I am really enjoying your flower series. They are absolutely stunning!

Kim Blair said...

Lovely rendering of this carnation, they are not easy flowers to paint.
Kim

Carol Schiff Studio said...

CHALLENGING SUBJECT, GREAT RESULT. CONGRATULATIONS, KIM

Carol Schiff Studio said...

CHALLENGING SUBJECT, GREAT RESULT. CONGRATULATIONS, KIM

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

You did a fabulous job with a terrifying perspective! And sometime try Perylene Red!

Denise Scaramai said...

Kim,
I love these paintings of flowers!
are wonderful!
congrats, dear!
a kiss

ps: I still can not 'keep pace' the blogs here :((