a luminescent white Iris 24

Mona Pendleton | Monday, June 6, 2016 @ 1:13 PM | , , ,

Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend! While Scott and I were in the Los Angeles area for a weekend get away recently, we visited the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. We photographed so many beautiful flowers including the white Iris shown below: 
I've seen so many beautiful paintings featuring various Iris's which inspired me to try to paint this magnificent flower. I referred to one of The Beauty of Oil Painting books by artist Gary Jenkins as I painted this luminescent white Iris on an 8" x 8" gessoed board using acrylics for the background and oils for the rest:
I was pleasantly surprised with my first attempt but I can definitely see where I need to make stroke improvements. I squeezed out more than enough paints on the palette so I'm going to make good use of it and have another go.



Here's what the background looked like before I painted the Iris and foliage. As you can see, I sketched the Iris prior to painting the background:
For color inspiration, I joined along with the Color Throwdown color challenge:
I'm also linking to Paint Party Friday:
Many thanks for stopping by ~ I hope you have a great day!
Be Sweet ;)
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24 Sweet Comments So Far:

Patty O'Malley said...

Beautiful painting of the Iris. You captured it perfectly.

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Your iris looks so real! Beautiful job!

Cheryl W. said...

Oh, my gosh, Mona, this is unbelievable! That iris is amazing!

Sherrie K. said...

Your painting is BEAUTIFUL!!! Wow, what a masterpiece!

Wanda Cullen said...

What a gorgeous iris! You captured the throwdown colors so beautifully in this painting!

Fran said...

Your iris is beautiful!

Greta said...

I haven't been to the Iris gardens near us in a long time, but this brings back memories. What a stunning white flower & your painting is, too, Mona!

June Walker said...

Lovely!

Kris said...

Oh, I just love to see your paintings, they are so refreshing and peaceful!

Deborah Frings said...

Wow! This is stunning!

Marjan K├╝ppers said...

You're getting better and better, I think you've caught that lovely flower so well!

Helen Wallace said...

Mona, this is light, delicate and ethereal. Well done.

Kathy Bradley said...

Oh my gosh, Mona - I see nothing that isn't so gorgeous and perfect. I love seeing your beautiful work!

Lynn said...

Just gorgeous! I feel like white is the most challenging color to work with. You did an amazing job on this iris!

Lynn said...

Just gorgeous! I feel like white is the most challenging color to work with. You did an amazing job on this iris!

Lisa said...

I think you've mastered the art of iris painting Mona, this is beautiful!

Team Clark said...

Truly exquisite, Mona! WOW!

Lisa said...

My jaw actually dropped open!! This is stunning, Mona!! Wow!! Truly, you are so gifted and I love seeing each new painting!! A work of art!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Susan Lankford said...

Beautiful, Mona....looks like it would be a difficult flower to draw and paint, but you captured it!

Giggles said...

Wow Mona your white iris is even more beautiful than the original!! Stunning painting. I just love how your flowers pop of the page.. I imagine these really enhancing a persons decor!!

Hugs Giggles

Julie said...

UNBELIVEABLE! Gosh, Mona, this is professional quality! Looks amazing! You really should be selling your artwork at this point! You talent is incredible!

Petra Swart said...

I wouldn't even be able to do the sketch, Mona, leave alone paint the iris so fabulously!!!! WOW, it's beautiful!!! TFS.

Valerie Thorpe said...

I think that this one is one of my faves and I think it is incredibly hard to paint white like that. Just gorgeous

Samra Leshinski said...

Oh my!!!! What a stunner! Love this one a lot!
Hugs
Samra
Paper Talk with Samra


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