Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Poppy Fields


Poppy Fields
Originally uploaded by linfrye.
A dear, generous friend has been helping me with my watercoloring. This painting was completed during several of those lessons.

I'm thrilled with the result -- but even more -- with what I am learning:

* The importance of water -- and getting a real SENSE of what that means when using watercolors!!!
* The need for contrast of darks and mid-tones as in the trees!
* Negative painting and masking over paint
* How important the 'central focus is" -- and the need for the brightest, cleanest, most detail right THERE!

Again, my heartfelt thanks to a kind and most generous individual, without whom, my artwork, my life, would be so much less.

MILLE MILLE GRAZIE!

16 comments:

Dave said...

You're lucky to have a great teacher, but then again, you are obviously a very talented student! This is a lovely painting.

Dawn said...

Lin, you did wonderful with your watercolors! What a gracious friend to mentor you. It really helps to have a painting partner. I love this painting!

Laura said...

I love the bright poppy swaths! Your colors are so saturated and your brushwork is energetic and just right. No wonder you're so pleased!

Linda said...

Wonderful! What a great painting! The reds just sing -- and the sky is fantastic -- the greens are perfect -- what else can we say? Great!

Brenda Y said...

Absolutely one of your best! Lovely display of light and dark, detail and loose -- you REALLY should mat and frame this!!

Patti G. said...

Absolutley beautiful Lin!!!!!
Hugs,PATTI

Penny said...

Lin this is fantastic, I love the vivid reds and the cooler greens. I also love your other flower paintings, you seem to have so much patience, I am afraid I am rather slap dash!

Terri said...

Oh that is just stunning!!

shirley said...

WOW! I hope this one isn't just a small sketch/painting in your sketchbook. It is wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness gracious Lin -- what an absolute joy to see this beautiful painting that you have made. You have really mastered so many techniques with this one. All I can say over and over is WOW!!! It's amazing.
Big congratulatory hugs,
Lorraine

Carole said...

Oh, Lin, this took my breath away! Those reds, the sky, the way you've captured the sense of distance. It's really lovely. You are obviously an apt pupil.

caseytoussaint said...

I don't know what I can add - I agree with everyone's comments - this really is gorgeous. Definitely frame this.

Plain Jane said...

wow wow wow! Great job Lin. I can really see your progress in this piece. Really gorgeous and definitely ready for a frame!

AnastasiaC said...

so beautiful Lin!!!!

Christeen said...

It's so great that you can work with another artist- it seems like we grow by leaps and bounds when we get connected with our peers! All your paintings are beautiful- but this one is a fantastic leap. The colors and atmoshpere are remarkable! Frame it! And brag to everyone you know :)

Teri C said...

This is now my all time favorite!!! It is absolutely stunning and gorgeous and perfect!!!!!!!!! Frame it!!