Pansy blossoms – botanical study

Pansy Study
5 x 7 oil on canvas on panel

In the winter, not a lot of flowers are blooming in Southern California. Cool season bloomers include snapdragons, iceland poppies and pansies, which are predominately purple, violet and shades of yellow, cream and white. I enjoyed painting this loose collection of forms as a study to get familiar with the shapes using palette knife and brush.

I think this little picture would look nice in a small plein air frame, something like this:


  1. Marian Fortunati
    January 7, 2010

    Very pretty, Karen…
    Which parts did you do with the knife???

  2. Karen
    January 7, 2010

    Marian, the primary blossom with the sharp edged petal was the main one – also the one to the left rear of it. I used the knife to apply paint in other areas also, then softened some of them with brush.

  3. Lynn
    January 8, 2010

    Pansies are one of my favorite flowers – they are so cheerful and resilient. I really love this little painting of them.

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