Friday, August 20, 2021


 11x14 Acrylic on Canvas Panel

I planted a riot of petunias in my front window flower box this year and they eventually worked their magic to make me do my first flower painting.  I find flowers intimidating what with all that petal action, but this was fun!

I also learned a lesson in paint colors for this one.  I couldn't get the pink I was after and looked at the pigment content of my Liquitex Alizarin Crimson. It's 2 pigments, one of which is a brownish red which turns the pink muddy when mixed with blue or another purple. I have an older tube with a different formulation, but the newer Alizarins have 2 colors so a cool bright pink is virtually impossible. I ended up buying a tube of Quin Magenta so I can have a cool bright pink.  I'm used to Alizarin in oils which makes an exquisite cool light pink.  I've come around to believing a limited palette is the best way to learn color mixing, and learned to check each color is a single pigment before I buy.



  1. Nicely done! You're so talented I find it surprising flowers intimidate you.

  2. I find many subjects intimidating Jean, but I think we learn the most from tackling the hard stuff. Not interested enough in portraiture to frustrate myself there however.

  3. Thank you so much for your comment on my blog about my kitchen! It is a bit funky I think, but I love it! Speaking of love-wow-I love your artwork. I hope you will post a lot so I can learn from you...

  4. A lovely and evocative painting. The lighter blooms seem to glow with translucent light!