The hidden ones

In my garden there are masses of tiny flowers that are hidden under bigger, showier things. I picked a bunch of them and stuck them in a glass, and painted them just as they started to wilt. These delicate creatures don’t last long.

I don’t have a window sill with a wide shelf, and my unfortunately my shiny black kitchen countertop is not a great foil for this, so I set up a small folding table in front of the patio door. That seemed to work just fine. Sketched on Saunders Waterford rough paper, 15″ x 11″.


26 Comments on “The hidden ones”

  1. Betsy Angene says:

    Your flower studies are breathtaking. Thanks for sharing. They inspire me.


  2. Tylara says:

    Wow, just wow Shari!


  3. You certainly captured their essence. Love the reflective light in the shadows cast by the flowers too that dapples across the tabletop. So lovely.


  4. Nel says:

    Gorgeous, Shari!


  5. Kathy Noble says:

    Lovely! I am really learning about shadows/values/lights and darks from your sketches. I am particularly entranced by the double shadow of the vase on the table.


    • Kathy, those shadows are so hard to do. There were multiple light sources but I didn’t want to be too realistic. Just an impression, really. Every painting is a learning experience.


  6. Mary McLaughlin says:

    Wow Shari, this is absolutely stunning!


  7. Luce Dorais says:

    Seems like bleeding heart to me, love your style!


  8. Bernadette says:

    My oh my, this is exquisite! I recently got a bouquet of mixed flowers and tried many times to capture the essence. I tried hard not to overwork, to simplify. Your example shows me what I tried desperately to achieve.
    Thank you for the inspiration to continue.


  9. Denise says:

    You are a genuine master. To be able to paint like you would be a dream come true:)


  10. joantav says:

    Super!!! I love the repetition of the color of the purple flowers in the shadow. Love this!


  11. Judy Sopher says:

    Now I’ll have to see what is growing outside between the obvious flowers. Your flower paintings say so much. Not sure which I like more-the flowers or your rendition of the glass containers.Both are lovely.


  12. So fresh…and those shadows!


  13. Peggy Bjarno says:

    Shari, you have perfectly captured the delicacy of this lovely garden bouquet! Your apparent ease and obvious skill tempt me to try my own. . . I am in the wild dunes of Western Denmark, where robust Rosa Rugosa (“beach roses”) nestle boldly against delicate, whiskery beach grass. A challenge!


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