Friday, August 19, 2011

WEEK # 21/ Peonies in a Canton Bowl

Peonies in a Canton Bowl
James Aponovich
oil on panel, 8" x 10", 2011


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
James Aponovich
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

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
Downeast Books

copyright 2011 James Aponovich

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