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Flowers of my mind

October 16th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Do you ever wonder how these paintings happen? Well, I will tell you the story of this one.
I was at the Fremont market with my dear husband a couple weeks ago, and I saw this cute little gold frame. It said “Made in Italy” on the back and it was a perfect 5″x 7″ size. It cost me $10, it’s wood, it’s gold, it’s Italian. So now I needed a painting. I have been playing with a technique that goes like this:
take a sheet of paper (Arches watercolor paper) and wet it down with water. While it is still wet add colors. A little here, a little there, primaries, secondaries. Then let it dry – for days even.

It should look something like this.

Note, the first photo is not the same piece of paper as the one in the second photo.
Next, I start visualizing flowers in the swirls and shapes on the paper; and darken some places and add color in other places. As flowers start popping out, I add detail. And darkness in some areas to bring the flowers forward. I pick all my favorite colors and blend them, putting contrast in to make the pretty colors look even prettier.

Finally, all I had to do was pop it into the frame. Not sure if this frame will work with this painting though; what do you think?

This sweet little painting is for sale ! Would you like to buy it? I’m asking $75.00, framed and mailed anywhere in the USA.

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  1. October 22nd, 2011 at 08:22 | #1

    So gorgeous! But I think it needs a larger frame and white mat. Those lovely flowers should not be cramped or overwhelmed by a heavy frame, they need space to breathe.

    • admin
      October 22nd, 2011 at 08:23 | #2

      thanks for your advice. That’s what i was afraid of.

  2. October 21st, 2011 at 22:31 | #3

    So gentle lovely work. Very soothing. Well Done!

  3. October 21st, 2011 at 21:08 | #4

    i love hearing your creative process. and the frame is a great find!

  4. October 21st, 2011 at 19:30 | #5

    Beautiful flowers and great to learn your technique. I’d like to try that.

  5. October 21st, 2011 at 17:54 | #6

    perfect painting for the frame… love it when they all come together and you get great finished products … happy PPF

  6. October 21st, 2011 at 17:40 | #7

    Wonderful painting and gold frame!
    Bet you sell it fast!

    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

    • admin
      October 22nd, 2011 at 06:20 | #8

      I sold it!

  7. October 21st, 2011 at 15:32 | #9

    Love seeing the evolution of the piece – very pretty!

  8. October 21st, 2011 at 14:42 | #10

    Gorgeous painting! The frame is lovely too, what an excellent find! I do think the gold frame is a bit too overpowering for your delicate, soft, subtle image. It is hard to judge it correctly from the photo though. Framing is such a personal thing, as we found out on PPF last week. If I was to purchase the image, I would either paint the frame a light pastel blue or put the painting in a softer, plainer frame. Love the painting, it’s stunning, well done!

  9. October 21st, 2011 at 11:18 | #11

    How pretty! Thank you for sharing this.

  10. October 21st, 2011 at 11:14 | #12

    this is beautiful, the frame would go with anything, it’s so classic. Interesting steps to its evolution.

  11. October 21st, 2011 at 10:05 | #13

    Thanks for sharing your technique. The finished painting is beautiful.

  12. October 21st, 2011 at 08:26 | #14

    Perfect little painting in a perfect little frame. It is wonderful! Happy PPF!

  13. October 21st, 2011 at 08:02 | #15

    What a fascinating technique! For you it worked beautifully. The frame is beautiful too.

  14. October 21st, 2011 at 07:49 | #16

    Gorgeous…love hearing and watching your process. Always fun to see what goes into the work!

  15. esmeralda
    October 18th, 2011 at 06:42 | #17

    Not only a very beautiful paining but fascinating to see how it evolved!

  16. October 17th, 2011 at 04:07 | #18


  17. October 16th, 2011 at 17:33 | #19

    A true work of art. Love the picture and the story.

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