Finally Peonies

Peonies in the Sun – Oil Painting 12×12 by Winifred Whitfield

Peonies are so beautiful and have such an abundance of petals and complexity – they have long been an intimidating subject matter. But, I decided it was time to take the challenge. I started with the violet poppy, the last image on the page, because it has a similar shape and structure – but fewer petals. Next I painted the Peony you see just below this one. Each time I painted, the process became less arduous. I’m actually looking forward to the next. Practice and I understand the creation of “muscle” memory play a part in creating confident brushstrokes. For sure, I remember when I looked at some YouTube demos on painting peonies, and had no clue how the painter was forming the shapes and petals. At this time, I can hardly remember that feeling. It’s encouraging to know and to expect that if I do my job – I will move forward.

Peonies 1 – Oil Painting 12×12 by Winifred Whitfield
Violet Poppy Oil Painting 12×12 by Winifred

12 thoughts on “Finally Peonies

  1. Exquisite. The way you dance with light and color gives such a delicacy to the flowers and soft movement to the paintings. The richness of the foliage warms and the contrast (and beauty) has me staring with enjoyment. I love the subtlety and textures of the paintings in their entirety.

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