Sunday, January 6, 2013

7 Bougainvillea and Copper Teapot

Diane Mannion, Bougainvillea and Copper Teapot, 8x10" o/c

      7th in 30/30 Challenge.    The bougainvillea bushes are in full bloom around the house.  Snipped these and put them in a pot by the north studio window, painting from life again, but they started wilting as soon as I sketched them in.  Even though bougainvillea, like hibiscus, can live a day in or out of water... these were drooping fast.  Half way through the underpainting, I wiped everything out and started over.  Just didn't like the composition and the teapot was difficult to draw.  Painted the bougainvillea first on the second attempt, painted the background, then the pot.  Went back to the bougainvillea and hit it with a few highlights.  Funny, how I like those strokes best after hours of fussing with everything else.  NFS

10 comments:

Dottie Leatherwood said...

Love the glow of the copper against the gray background. and the abstract brushstrokes forming the flowers are just perfect.

Irina Averinos said...

I love your painting! Such a nice combination of cooper pot with bougainvillea.

DMannion said...

Thanks Dottie and Irina!

Kelly Dombrowski said...

This one leaped off the page at me! The contrast of that grey background and copper pot is stunning and then you had to add the cherry on top! The bougainvillea! Stunning!

DMannion said...

Thank you so much for your compliment, Kelly! I'm glowing!!!

Kathleen said...

Great job on that copper! Perfectly topped off with that bougainvillea all against the neutral gray!

DMannion said...

Thanks, Kathleen! That neutral gray is actually red, yellow, blue and white. Painting is fascinating.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

That copper pot just shimmers with light - absolutely beautiful!

Karen Johnston Daily Paintings said...

Love the copper pot and the composition...really nice!!

Karen Johnston Daily Paintings said...

Love the copper pot and the composition...really nice!!