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Title: Peonies
Post by: njnjgirl on September 22, 2017, 04:02:39 AM
This is the largest watercolor I have ever done.  It is 16 by 22, I usually work smaller to keep the painting on a board I have.  This one I had to tape to my work table.  It was fun doing a larger painting.  There is no reference photo as I did this from different pictures of peonies that I found on the internet.  Your thoughts on this are appreciated.

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Post by: mea hamo pena on September 22, 2017, 07:44:57 AM
Mary Lou

It's beautiful.  Your peonies and leaves are shaped so nicely.

My only concern is that the leaves in the bottom right corner look like you forgot to finish them.  I realize that the most distant ones  should look faded out, but maybe the closest ones should get a bit more color to keep the viewer's eye in the painting.

Regardless, super good piece of work.  I would be terrified to do a large painting in watercolor.  You did it so well.  Good for you!!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Peonies
Post by: njnjgirl on September 22, 2017, 08:03:44 AM
Thanks Mea, my thought with the bottom right was it being hit by sunlight and recessed but I see your point.  Thank you very much for your comments.
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Post by: Win on September 22, 2017, 08:27:30 AM
Very beautifully done Mary Lou :smitten:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 22, 2017, 08:52:47 AM
Oh Mary Lou, you should paint larger more often - this is one of your best! I agree with Mea about the bottom right leaves, and the flower - I'd make them all a bit more finished...and bravo for doing this without a reference photo - that's impressive!!
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Post by: Val on September 22, 2017, 12:28:30 PM
 :heeha: Excellent work Mary Lou!  O0   A little more work on the leaves of that bottom right corner as suggested would finish it off nicely. A few more darks similar to the left side.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: EmmaLee on September 22, 2017, 06:13:53 PM
This is beautiful, MaryLou!
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Post by: njnjgirl on September 23, 2017, 05:09:26 AM
Thank you Win, Sharon, Val and Emmalee... Here it is with the tweaks.  Appreciate it!

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Post by: mea hamo pena on September 23, 2017, 08:32:12 AM
Oh, yes, Mary Lou.  B_E_A_U_T_I_F_U_L!  That extra effort made this a standout!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on September 23, 2017, 09:28:55 AM
 :heeha: Brush down!!!  :yippee:    Banner job!!!   :congrats:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 23, 2017, 09:50:15 AM
So much better!! Could I suggest defining the bottom right peony a little more? It seems a little unfinished. Your leaves are perfection!!!
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Post by: Happychappy on September 23, 2017, 10:45:07 AM
Oh! How beautiful Mary Lou, the Peonies look so soft.  A beautiful job.   Patricia
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Post by: Win on September 23, 2017, 11:09:08 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: O0
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Post by: Gita on September 23, 2017, 12:10:23 PM
Sooooo beautifully done Mary-Lou!
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Post by: dennis on September 23, 2017, 02:26:02 PM
Excellent, Mary Lou  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: njnjgirl on September 24, 2017, 05:30:20 AM
Thank you Mea, Val, Patricia, Win, Sharon, Gita and Dennis.   

Sharon, thanks for the suggestion, I could not change anything anymore as my husband loved this painting and framed it and hung it over our couch! He did this on his own while I was out yesterday to surprise me.  Here it is framed. 



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Post by: mea hamo pena on September 24, 2017, 07:21:07 AM
What a sweet husband you have, Mary Lou.  He must be so proud of you.

Lovely painting in a lovely frame.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Peonies
Post by: Val on September 24, 2017, 08:04:37 AM
 :heeha:   Beautiful Mary Lou! Here's one for the 'framer'!  :-*       :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 24, 2017, 10:32:38 AM
Framed it looks perfect now!!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap: Love your husband's enthusiasm for your beautiful painting!
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Post by: njnjgirl on September 24, 2017, 11:50:27 AM
Thank you so much Mea, Val and Sharon...I am pleased with it and the framing is perfect.  Passed on your nice comments to him!
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Post by: TeresaM on September 25, 2017, 04:06:13 PM
Beautiful painting  :clap: :clap: and even better framed
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Post by: njnjgirl on September 26, 2017, 04:42:25 AM
Thank you Teresa :thankyou:
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Post by: Happychappy on September 27, 2017, 05:03:23 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Absolutely gorgeous and what a wonderful husband you have Mary Lou.  Bless him.   Patricia
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Post by: dennis on September 28, 2017, 01:42:14 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: linley.plester on September 29, 2017, 03:40:36 AM
You've done a difficult size, difficult subject, all off the top of your head, and it looks fantastic.  :yippee:
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Post by: linley.plester on September 29, 2017, 03:47:22 AM
You've done a difficult size, difficult subject, all off the top of your head, and it looks fantastic.  :yippee:
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Post by: Gita on September 30, 2017, 07:55:03 AM
Looks lovely framed, Mary- Lou!
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Post by: linley.plester on September 30, 2017, 02:19:26 PM
The frame does really set it off. It's a good thing I don't have much money. I'd have a house full of paintings I'd bought from PB members, and then I'd have to dust them all, and have no time to paint myself!
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Post by: Gita on October 01, 2017, 03:06:03 AM
 :2funny: :2funny:
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Post by: Val on October 01, 2017, 10:43:22 AM
You know Linley...... sometimes it is a good thing to be half blind!  :2funny:
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Post by: KathyKuz on October 04, 2017, 05:27:21 PM
Mary Lou:  Beautiful.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: njnjgirl on October 05, 2017, 09:06:11 AM
Thank you Gita, Dennis, Linley & Kathy
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Post by: Bhavna on October 06, 2017, 08:40:30 AM
Lovely work  :clap: :clap:
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Post by: njnjgirl on October 07, 2017, 04:32:51 AM
 :thankyou: Bhavna
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Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on October 07, 2017, 09:33:56 AM
Oh I always wanted to paint peonies, but never gathered enough courage to do it, yours is beautiful.