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