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Matilija Poppies – California Impressionist Botanical Flower Oil Painting

September 15th, 2008


Matilija Poppies Trio
11 x 14 oil on canvas

These papery white beauties were growing near the Serra Center in Malibu one blustery summer day. The exciting thing about painting white flowers is enjoying all the colors they pick up from their environment.

This painting blurs the line between abstraction and realism and I hope that it is successful in that effort. I was impressed by something I read recently by Marilyn Simandle (watercolorist and oil painter.) In her book “Contagious Enthusiasm” she says ““If a painting has too much detail it is as if someone is dominating a conversation and if a painting is too abstract it is like someone speaking in a foreign language.” I thought that was such an interesting metaphor for finding the “sweet spot” between realism and abstraction. The thought inspired me as I worked on this painting.

5 Comments »

  1. I just love your blog. I read it everyday, but I don’t always comment on your paintings. I love them – this one happens to be one of my favorites. I really appreciate your willingness to share your talents with me. This is such a nice way to start my day off right – with your wonderful art. I can’t begin to tell you how uplifting it is. Thanks again.

    Comment by Mary Curtis — September 15, 2008 @ 8:46 pm
  2. The beautiful colors in these white flowers remind me of one of Sorolla’s sails!
    Another lovely little gem!

    Comment by Marian Fortunati — September 16, 2008 @ 3:09 pm
  3. Lovely crinkles in these poppies. And I like that quote from Marilyn Simandle to
    explain that “sweet spot” one tries to reach in a painting.

    Comment by annie — September 17, 2008 @ 2:35 pm
  4. Beautiful paintings! This one just makes me want to keep looking at it… great work, great talent.

    Comment by Jules — September 18, 2008 @ 2:52 pm
  5. I absolutely love the clean, pure colors you are using in these paintings!
    Karen

    Comment by Karen Phipps — September 18, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

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