Saturday, July 26, 2008

White Spider Mums 12x12

SOLD
Maybe another tweak on this but it's mostly finished. I think a subtle dark stroke beneath the lemons and plums to keep them from floating, This was another of my 'simple' still lives and I went through the valley of "this is not going to happen" before hitting the 'sweet spot' today, going for the finish. There's a mental moment in each painting where the struggle suddenly switches gears and you know you're on the right track. There are things I'd do differently here but over all I reached the goal. I used some great new brushes that Kelley gave me and I can see the difference from my usual bristle flats. Completely changed my edges. This is for Provincetown Art Association and Museum's 12x12 silent auction event which takes place August 1st through September 7th. Stop in if you happen to be visiting beautiful Provincetown, Massachusetts.

16 comments:

Paula Villanova said...

I think you did a beautiful job, particularly with the flowers.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Thanks Paula.

Todd Bonita said...

Mary,

So great to see your name in my in box on my blog, really good to hear from you, I hope you are well. I was thinking of you on Saturday, I was at the sox game (my good friend won one of the Sox world series rings and was on the field to recieve it) sooo cool, it made for a great day given the sox spanking by the yanks. I am currnetly working on three sox paintings that I'm in no rush to get done so look for them sometime late in the year. I'm painting a Ted Williams portrait, Dustin Pedroia at bat and a fenway panorama that I've been working on for a while. I hope you are well, the work looks great. You take care Mary.

All the best,
Todd

Deborah Ross said...

Mary, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such encouraging comments. Because of that, now I've found you, so I will visit often.
I love the colors you use, and the freedom of use. This is what I'm striving for. Excellent.

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Mary - this is beautiful - I love the mums -

Katie May said...

I love this one Mary! I love the looseness of composition.. It doesn't seem staged, just natural, like you happened upon it. And the white flowers are amazing!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I second Katie May's comment on the white flowers - they're amazing! On your tombstone: "She never took the easy way out...."
So much for a 'simple' composition!
Good job!

Lorna said...

I left a clever message earlier, but it got cyber-wiped. Or maybe you found it offensive. great use of spidermums

Sandy said...

Great job Mary and I love your rendering of the glass. Flowers are gorgeous.

FCP said...

The spider mums are gorgeous!
Faye

rdl said...

Love this one too!!

Carol said...

What a beautiful painting. Love the composition and the colors.

Good luck with the silent auction. I would try to buy it.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Hi Mary,I love the loose placement of all elements in this still life, no overlap. It works! I think you did an excellent job of describing what I call the "midway blues", that point where I have doubts on how the painting is going. I still feel it but know that it is just one of the many phases a painting goes through and to just work through it. When I get that feeling I know the finish isn't far away.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Hi Mary, I forgot to mention the excellent placement of the lemon in the lower right corner...it stops the eye that follows the strong diagonal table top line from going off the page. Very gutsy!

Debra J.Sepos said...

Hi Mary,
Thank you for coming to my blog and making such a nice comment.
Your work is beautiful and full of life and color.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

thank you ALL!
I felt good about the finish here and your comments confirmed it, and I so appreciate that.
JB Thanks for noticing the lemon on the lower right. I added it just for that reason. Thinking composition and structure. It helps to study your beautiful paintings.
'Gutsy' :D you made my day!

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