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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Profusion of Hollyhocks

This painting was completed several years ago, but I never posted it on this blog.  It is large - a full sheet (30" x 22") watercolor paper and is painted on 140 lb. Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper with mostly Holbein watercolors.  It has had a happy home in my living room for a while. :)

12 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Beautiful painting, Barb. Especially at that size, it must be quite impressive. Well done!

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks, Christiane. I like to work big - I used to do it more than I do today. It is a favorite painting of my family.

Teresa said...

Wow! It's gorgeous! Such luscious color. Yummy!

Ruth said...

And, I can see why it rests easy on display in your lr. One to be proud of and so easy on the eyes. What a sensitive touch you have for all the shadings. Makes all the hollyhocks look beautifully real as though the garden has come inside, but w/Barb's special artistic touch. Love the colors, the filmy flowing bg, and the composition.

Barbra Joan said...

wonderful Barb, and especially the size.. I'm just not a painter of large works. I get lost easily.!!!

AutumnLeaves said...

It is a stunning delight, Barb!

RHCarpenter said...

Love how you've modelled the flowers in those reds (reds are not easy to do and you've got them just right). I can see this gracing a wall for a while - if I'd done it, I'd want to show it off!

Barb Sailor said...

Teresa...Thanks for you "colorful" comments! They are so appreciated.

Barb Sailor said...

Ruth... thanks for the compliments - I still look at it and have reservations about the background and think sometimes that i should have used a different color ( like blues?) Sometimes I think the greys really dull the painting - but then the reds are really bright and just how much color can this painting take? :)

Barb Sailor said...

BarbraJoan...thanks for visiting and commenting...there was a time when all I worked with were large paintings...I now do smaller works as much as large. A teacher once told a class I was in: "If you can't work good, work big! If you can't work big, work 'red!" I guess I have covered both bases with this one. TeeHee!

Barb Sailor said...

Rhonda...Thanks for the generous comments. I just took it off the wall so that I could use the frame for another painting for a show. It was worth it as I recently won best watercolor with that one.

Barb Sailor said...

AutumnLeaves...as always your comments are very welcome! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Barb