Friday, November 22, 2013

ANOTHER REALLY BIG FLOWER
























"Bearded Iris"
30x30" oil on heavyweight canvas



Here's another really big flower and again referenced from a purchased stock photo, which is something I'd rather not do, however it was such an incredible shot to work from, I couldn't resist. Next summer I plan to set up and shoot my own flower reference incorporating this mysterious blackness from which the flower emerges with some of it still in shadow. I think it adds such a dramatic feeling to the painting.

I'm busy trying to finish that portrait I've been stuck on for over a year. I was either very arrogant or completely naive in thinking I could dive right in and be satisfied with the results, however, either way the experience is opening up my mind to the possibility of new techniques and approaches to my work.

Still have trouble grasping the concept that consistent studio time equals somewhat consistent improvement. I've always favored learning through osmosis. I have quite the collection of how-to books, magazines and DVDs and still maintain that having them in my possession is all that's needed for me to gain the knowledge they contain. The fact that that hasn't happened yet has not dulled my expectations that someday it will.

Tim's been rather quiet, however I suspect it's because my mind is all over the place. As one might expect this time of year increases and exacerbates grief bubbles which have been popping up rather frequently. But there again, it's a choice. It feels so much better to be grateful for how fortunate we both are to have found each other and for every moment we shared in the physical world.

So, top of my list this Thanksgiving is Timothy Berry! Surprise! And the boys, the roof over our heads, food on our table, transportation, caring friends and relatives, the ability to create and the hope that someday we will all finally learn to live in peace.

I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving, good times with friends and family and I thank you again and again for all of your loving support.

20 comments:

  1. Our sweetest Suz
    Moms saw the flower painting and said "oh my gosh"!!! Its beyond beautiful.
    How can you make it look so real- like we are really there looking down upon its beauty! The shadows are amazing and the edges of the petals- so fragile- and real!
    Another unbelievable painting,,,, you really do create magic,, and when we come to your blog- we know we will be amazed - and we always are!
    We are thankful for the "gift" of you- and Angel Tim, Raz and Blu,,, so thankful you share your journey with us,,, and walk beside us- in our journey.
    thank you
    love
    tweedles and moms

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  2. Wow. Beautiful and beautifully done. I too collect all those books and magazines and I pull random ones out to reread them and I always learn something new. Hugs to you and your little guys and here's hoping the sweetness of holidays past warm you.

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  3. Another beauty Suz! Beautifully receding in the darkness too. A dear family friend had an iris garden, and the fragrance was unbelievably sweet and wonderful, a very healing fragrance.

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous - a very spiritual light appears to be emanating from this perfect iris. What a special gift has been given to you. Be proud that you use it to its fullest.
    Tim will be back in perfect harmony with you as your mind settles in time for Thanksgiving. May it be a lovely one.

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  5. Suz, you are doing beautifully, in my opinion. Just the right blend of grieving and living. The iris is gorgeous! And I know that the portrait you are working on will be a home run.

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  6. My jaw literally dropped when I saw this photo. Suz, this is by far THE most exquisite, divinely beautiful iris I have ever seen ... or imagined! It softly glows on the black with a life and light of its own.
    BRAVO!!!!!!!
    Kath XX
    PS - Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend!

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  7. Beautiful! It is difficult to portray flowers in a manner that hasn't been done a hundred bazillion times...I keep trying :) You succeeded! Stunning!

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  8. Just... WOW, Suzanne. This is absolutely beautiful.

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  9. We had to come look again sweet Suz, because this is just amazing!
    love
    tweedles

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  10. Simply and beautifully amazing! I am always impressed by your work and your posts!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  11. He has probably been quite because he no longer feels the need to prove his presence, since you have over the last few weeks finally begun to believe and embrace it. When you are at peace, then so he can be too :0)
    Wow!!! That flower is incredible!! If only I had your skill. I would LOVE to learn from you... If only I lived nearby I would be begging for a workshop! :0)

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  12. beautiful light suzanne ...happy thanksgiving to you

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  13. Another really beautiful painting! I love the color harmonies hear and you always excel at showing us the depth of the subject. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. A fabulous Iris, Suzanne! I love it...and I love your post!!! The colors and light is beautiful and with the dark background... its absolutely perfect!! Happy thanksgiving, my friend!!!

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  15. Love the feeling in this soft beautiful Iris!

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  16. Our sweet Suz
    Mommy and me had a few minutes tonight,, and so we came and went wayyy back to see all your beautiful painitings that you have done. Something seemed to be leading us to go back and look- and then we knew it was Angel Tim who brought us back to your blog... and we thanked him for giving us a few minutes to relax and look at all that you have done,,,,
    and your just amazing!
    we love you
    tweedles and moms

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  17. Spectacular iris!!! I love your colors and yes, the drama created by the darkness against the light is very powerful. You have a very good eye my friend. Thank you for the reminder to focus on what we should be thankful for rather than all the other stuff that piles up on top of us. Hugs.

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  18. Your colors are exquisite. I love the contrast of the drama of the dark with those delicate pastels.

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  19. Oh Suzanne, it's a stunner. I just love the papery part the iris unfolds and blooms from. I'm sure it will sell in a zip! Thinking of you often - especially now around the holidays. Warm hugs! P.S. I'd love to see that portrait - maybe an "work in progress" shot?

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