Too beautiful

There have been a lot of celebrations around here lately — birthdays, graduations and retirements. So many parties that there’s little time left to paint. In the middle of it all sits a massive bouquet, so lush and bursting with scent and colour that it has stumped me all week. It’s really too beautiful to paint. What could I do with brush and pigment that could possibly match its richness? But I couldn’t let it fade without attempting it at least once, on a small page in my sketchbook.

33 Comments on “Too beautiful”

  1. It looks fresh and full of light! Beautiful!


  2. Judy Sopher says:

    So lovely. You wrote it was in the middle “of it all”. How did you ever paint at a celebration? Lots of people and activity around you? Just lovely.


    • Hi Judy. I do paint or draw at celebrations, if I can. I usually have a sketchbook somewhere in my bag. In fact the other day my niece graduated from university and I was sketching while we waited for the long event to be over.


  3. Jeff Gold says:

    Well, it was definitely worth the effort. A beautiful FULL page of color.


  4. Lee Kline says:

    Your work is so inspirational. Thanks for being you.


  5. bissky says:

    Just beautiful Shari. We Canadians must celebrate flowers while we can.


  6. I think you nailed it!


  7. Betsy says:

    Gorgeous. I really like the deliberate runs, drips, and infusions of pure water to make the paint bloom, such as on the white petals and some of the leaves. I hope to learn more about manipulating the thinness of paint and water to create effects like these. I don’t know how to do it without just making it look blotchy!


    • Thanks so much Betsy. I was using a new brush that holds a lot of water. I always try to use a brush that’s a little too big for what I think I need. That really helps to keep the washes juicy. But it takes a lot of practice to get it right. Don’t get discouraged.


  8. Patsy Goodall says:

    Oh Shari, I totally agree, when we are lucky enough to receive these beautiful flowers we want to capture them on paper. Brilliant! Patsy


  9. When I opened this painting in my email, for a split second I thought I smelled the flowers! Beautiful!


  10. Monique says:

    Gorgeous! Happy everything!


  11. Bernadette says:

    Lovely, lovely painting! I’m so glad you took the time to paint the bouquet so that we could enjoy your beautiful rendition.


  12. joantav says:

    Lovely!!! I find sometimes bouquets are too pretty to do. Doing it as a crop worked nicely here.


  13. Mira says:

    Beautiful Shari! Can almost smell the Lillies!!
    Mira x


  14. darwinfam says:

    mesmerizing. Shari love them..


  15. azergo24 says:

    They are gorgeuts



  16. Good Evening dear Shari,
    Very beautiful, looks fresh and live.
    Your color combination is very appropriate.
    Thanks for sharing.


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