Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Alstroemerias in Silver

Alstroemerias in Silver, 6" x 8" © 2013, Nancy Van Blaricom

Yes ... a floral! You may have noticed I haven't painted many florals.

Thoughts on this painting:  I didn't want to be overwhelmed with a lot of detail of too many flowers so I thought I'd choose a small bouquet of flowers, (I had over looked the fact that Alstroemerias have a lot of petals, what was I thinking?). Now looking back I'm not sure what difference it really made, except there might have been some stems and a vase with water showing ... anyway, after I chose to arrange my Alstroemerias in a small silver bowl I still wasn't sure of the look I was after.  I decided it still needed more punch to the composition so sat the whole arrangement in a small cardboard box with the opening facing out.  This was just the look I wanted.  A little mystery in the background.

I'm really pleased with how this little painting turned out.  I love that I was able to make the one flower be the star of the show(focal point) and make the others recede into the background, (edges).  Also, the color was great with the dark interior of the cardboard box.  Just the look I was hoping for.

Here I've placed this in a black 3" frame. ... I see I've picked up some reflected light from a near-by desk lamp.

Note to my artist friends:  I've finally been able to stand back at arms length and paint with my arm extended ... I simply move my taboret between me and may easel.  This method is working perfectly f.  Possibly I'll share photos of my painting arrangement in a later post.  Yea, a huge victory for me.


  1. This is lovely! You are doing well! I like the black frame too, looks like the same ones I use.

  2. This is beautiful. The combination of pink and silver is classic. Hard to believe it's 6x8, a small gem.

  3. Beautiful! I especially like the way you've punched up the drama with the very dark (inside the box) darks.

  4. Nancy,
    I love this one! Small, beautiful and mysterious.