Peonies in a Canton Bowl
oil on panel, 8" x 10", 2011
WHEN A PAINTING IS A STUDY FOR A STUDY
In the hierarchy of 'flowerdom' peonies rank right up there as the most difficult to paint. Delicate yet multi-layered they share with roses a beautiful shape and stunning colors. They transition from a tight ball to an explosive full bloom. Those of us who love them really love them.
So, when I was commissioned to paint a large still life, the client requested, no, insisted on peonies. This small painting is a presentation painting meant to illustrate how the flowers are to be arranged and the colors I would be using.
Peonies from our garden
Next comes the study which I am now working on based on peonies from our peony garden, that we call the "peony walk". The larger study ( which I will post when finished) is full scale, measuring 24" x 26". The commissioned painting is larger yet. Wish me luck.
Study: Japanese Peony Vase in a Niche
Oil on panel, 11" x 14", 2008
This is a quarter scale study to a pair of paintings inset into a piece of furniture. The Japanese are masters at portraying peonies. This is a painting of a Japanese cloisonne vase in our collection.
For information on the furniture
with the painting of the Japanese Peony Vase in a Niche
click on: David Lamb, Furniture Master
For more on our garden check out the variety of garden postings on:
Our garden in featured in the book:
The Inspired Garden
Twenty-Four Artists Share Their Vision
Judy Paolini & Nance Trueworthy
copyright 2011 James Aponovich