Tuesday, 21 October 2008


I've been working on this acrylic painting on and off over the last week and have this afternoon put the final touches. The flowers are from a painting I created a couple of years ago when a painting friend bought me these rather unusual coloured bronzy orange flowers. I thought the colours went well with the Japanese kimonos and linked with the orange background of the other vase painting.

So here it is -
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I would usually use gold leaf for the handles but had run out and my local gallery and framers suggested I use Rub and Buff antique gold in a tube used for framing and antiquing. It works a treat and less expensive.

Im not sure how much the painting changed from its original posting over a week ago but I know I made more of the window and trees outside than I did on the first vase painting which had orange brick and tiles. I think the diagonal works really well and I enjoyed adding the soft shadows on the window sill.

So they are ready to take to Ely next week.


Sandy Maudlin said...

Your detail is exquisitely done on the vase. I loved seeing it enlarged.

E-J said...

It's an impressive piece, Joan! I love the way all those colours are echoed throughout the picture. What is the Sue Ryder exhibition, by the way? Is this beauty going on display somewhere near me??

Claudia said...

Wonderful painting again, Joan. I love the details on the vase itself -very well done; and I like the colours!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thank you kind visitors - I too thoroughly enjoyed dabbing the colours from the vase into the framework and window sill creating soft shadows. I enjoy those added touches that have nothing to do with one's reference material.

E-J - the Sue Ryder Fundraising exhibition is the one Anita and I were invited to the Old Palace in Ely to paint for a day we told you about some months back - I believe it was the day of your daughter's birthday so you could not join us. The exhibition is in November. Im coming to Anita's next week to deliver the two vase paintings and two of the Old Palace building itself in acrylic and watercolour.

Anita Davies said...

I can't wait to see these in real life Joannie...Wonderful detail!

Margaret Ann said...

Beautiful work...your colors just dance! :)