Monday, March 2, 2009

Something completely different


Hello dear blog readers! For those of you with blogs, I want to apologize for not stopping to visit. I have been pre-occupied lately. I hope to get some time to catch up on you today. I have been working on a brand new painting. There is an exhibit coming up for desert wildflower paintings. For those of you who were reading my blog last spring, you know how much fun I had with the desert wildflowers. I had no idea the desert could be so beautiful and magical. I was taking photographs left and right. Consequently, I feel obligated to contribute something to the wildflower exhibition. So I have nearly finished an acrylic painting of the beavertail cactus blossom. This is my first acrylic painting, ever!!! I have always struggled with acrylic, since it dries so quickly and the colors seem funky to me. However, being the stubborn person that I am, I keep trying it every now and then.

This painting is NEARLY finished. It measures 18 x 24 inches, and is, as I said, acrylic on canvas. And I haven't even abstracted it!!! Surprised? I have always loved painting flowers, but it has been over 5 years since I last did a painting of flowers. It was nice to re-visit one of my favorite subjects.

Pono and I saw our first wildflowers of the season last week. This is the Desert Vetch, if I remember accurately from last spring. I have heard that this spring they are expecting an even BETTER wildflower season than last year! Is that exciting or WHAT???!!??? I can't wait.

9 comments:

Anil P said...

I've always enjoyed works in acrlyic. I find them come alive on the canvas.

The flowers have come out real nice. You might have just found out that you've a tryst with acrylic :-)

julie king said...

love the cactus painting., it is beautiful!!!

High Desert Diva said...

It is gorgeous!

lee said...

oh so beautiful the colours, you should use acrylic more often, though your oil are beautiful to.

bindu said...

It's very pretty, and quite different from the abstract art I've seen on your blog (which I also like very much).

Patricia said...

Is there anything you can't do?? Your floral is beautiful. It has an abstract quality to it that supports the realism in a perfect way. Enjoy your spring in the desert, Mighty Painter!!

Anke said...

HI Karine! No problem.....I know how time consuming checking out a lot of blogs are....so don't worry about me.
Oh I love your acrylic painting of the desert flower....more to come???? I'm looking forward to when it's a yes.
I wish you a great success with the painting! Fingers crossed!
Our air smells like spring already too, but we probably have to wait a little long to see the first fresh and bright green I love the most! So untill then I enjoy your desert greens,smiles, Anke ;)

kate smudges said...

I love your flower painting, Karine. One would think you had been painting in acrylic for ages! This is a prickly pear flower right? I love the way you've painting the pads as well as the flowers. Beautiful!! I'll look forward to hearing more about the exhibition!

You are so lucky to be able to see the wildflowers ~~ I'm sorry for not having visited for so long. Give Pono some pats for me!!

Robyn said...

Oh wow Karine!!! The delicate flower is such a contrast to the rest of the hardy cactus plant. You've captured it perfectly.