Sunday, July 25, 2010

"Laughter in the Sun" 24"x24" oil


Poppies have become my new favorite investigation since they bloomed in Riverside this past spring. I first started by quick little 5"x7" oil sketches created on the the sidewalks in front of my neighbors front gardens. Now I've been recreating them in various invented compositions in my studio. This is the latest. I wanted the "look at me" impression poppies give to really sing in this piece so I pushed a vista view. Since working larger and larger in my studio, I find I'm going through huge quantities of paint. In the middle of this piece I ran out of Cadmium Reds but mixing Cad. Orange and Alizarin gave me the various reds I needed for the poppies. Once again, created with a palette knife, my best friend. ($1148.)





8 comments:

sarah meredith said...

nice poppies! I looked at your website as well - all of your paintings are lovely.

Jill Berry said...

OH WOW!
You certainly achieved just what you set out to do! The eye does travel into the distance... but quickly returns to that fabulous dancing foreground!
Terrific painting!
(I'm motivated to get some big canvases out)

susan hong-sammons said...

Hello Jill
Hi Sarah,
Thanks so much for the feedback. You know how it is when you're tucked away in the studio. The isolation is great but outside opinions particularly from artists I admire is soooooooo helpful. And Jill, painting large is fun, fun, fun - although I still love my 5x7 and 6x8s. Happy Painting!!!

Lisa Daria said...

this is great - I like the edges a lot and your technique w/the palette knife.

Erik said...

Beautiful palette-knife work. I need to start exploring that wonderful tool.

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Susan, I love poppys and love this painting. It's a great painting. Thank you for sharing.

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Lisa,
Hello Erik,
Good Morning Joan,
Your encouraging remarks just makes me want to paint and explore even more diligently. Thanks so much. And Lisa and Erik, the palette knife is such an expressive tool I hope you have fun experiementing with it.
And now I have to go and catch up with your blogs. Happy Painting!!!

Susan Roux said...

So lovely. I can dream in beautiful pastures like this...