luminescent pastel poppies 32

Mona Pendleton | Sunday, June 12, 2016 @ 5:35 PM | , , , ,

Hi! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I'm trying to paint everyday so the brush strokes and color combinations become second nature. I recently attended a costly art workshop at Scottsdale Artists' School. As I was trying to justify the cost in my mind, I realized I did learn valuable information even though I didn't walk away painting like Monet ;) Probably the most valuable pearl of wisdom I learned was that one may attend workshop after workshop from all the masters in art but you still have to put in the time and practice, practice, practice. I relate painting to nursing and think of how scared to death I was more than 20 years ago when I first graduated from nursing school and was responsible of taking care of multiple patients at a time. After all those years of experience behind me, it has become second nature and I'm really hoping painting will be the same, second nature that is. Hopefully it won't take 20 years before I can proudly hang a piece of art that I painted in my home :) 
Today I have a 12" x 12" gessoed art board to share featuring a couple of luminescent pastel poppies inspired by a lesson in The Beauty of Oil Painting book by Gary Jenkins.
The poppies were rather challenging for me. After the third attempt on each, I decided to call it a night and move on. 



I'm joining along with this month's Creative Carte Blanche creative art adventure where the theme is Winged Things.
I'm also linking to the current Paint Party Friday post:
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Be Sweet ;)
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32 Sweet Comments So Far:

Cheryl W. said...

I think you could proudly hang THIS piece of art in your home. It's beautiful!!!

Greta said...

You achieve so much depth in your flowers, Mona & I love the surrounding images, too! You could certainly hang your paintings in your home now--they're beautiful!

Valerie Thorpe said...

And I am back :D I have been looking at your gorgeous creations just not visiting blogs... I have structured time and I am getting back on track. What you say is so true... most things require practice practice practice and while it does help if you have an artistic streak you can still get really good results if you don't so long as you keep practicing. I have watched your art grow and evolve since you first started and you have come so far. I would hang one of your paintings in my house I think they are lovely. You are a true inspiration for me Mona. So thank you <3

Fiona said...

Really love this gorgeous painting, Mona! Those poppies are just amazing! Love the colours so much! You could definitely hang this on your wall!

Helen Wallace said...

This is marvellous! Your Art improves every time you blog and I too, wouldd be proud to display this in my home. Congrats on your work ethic. Practice makes perfect.

Samra Leshinski said...

WOW!!! Mona, I think that the flowers look stunning and that tiny butterfly is amazing! True work of art!
Hugs
Samra
Paper Talk with Samra

Cheryl Grigsby said...

This is just gorgeous, Mona. Bravo to you for the courage to try a challenging new medium. Its interesting that this still carries your art "signature" even tho its not mixed media. The delicacy and beauty that I'm used to from you are still there. Well done and thank you for sharing on Creative Carte Blanche!

donna sherman said...

Your flowers and the little butterfly are BEAUTIFULLY done! The colors and the shading are stunning and I would be very proud to have this picture hanging in my home!! It's GORGEOUS and will run circles above a lot I see done by professional artists and that's my TRUE opinion!!!!

Candy C said...

Mona...your painting is so beautiful! I would hang that PROUDLY! Truly, it is beautifully done and one that you should be proud of! I admire your initiative to go to even a costly art workshop and come away from it with this lovely creation. Money well spent, I would say! The colors are beautiful. The background really compliments the flowers and your butterfly is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your art journey and this lovely, lovely painting with us at Creative Carte Blanche!

Susan Lankford said...

Mona...love the luminescence of the flowers, etc. and also the adorable butterfly is a sweet addition! I had to laugh at your first nursing experiences...I'm retired from nursing but still remember those days well!

Tenia Nelson said...

Holy COW!!!!! GORGEOUS!!!

Lynn said...

Wow! A new favorite! Just gorgeous!

Lynn said...

Wow! A new favorite! Just gorgeous!

Patty O'Malley said...

This is gorgeous, Mona! I think you should have many painting that can now be shared proudly in your home from what I've seen here.

Kris said...

Wow, Mona, that is superb painting, I would frame it and hang it on the wall, it is amazing, the depth ... the colours, really gorgeous. I will have to pop in again to admire this painting, I love it! You are really a talented woman!

Cindy D. said...

Totally beautiful and luminescent! Definitely looks like they were painted by a pro. :D

Lisa said...

All of your practicing is paying off Mona, your paintings are most definitely frame worthy!! This is beautiful!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

My favorite so far!!! These beautiful flowers looks so real! You need to hang this one!!!

Susan said...

Mona, this is absolutely breathtaking! You did an amazing job on this painting - good for you for trying something you were nervous about! You excel at painting as I'm sure you do at nursing! Beautiful painting to hang in your house!

Ros Crawford said...

I'd hang this in a gallery!! It's absolutely beautiful!! What a gorgeous painting and the detail is stunning! Mona ... You ARE an artist...No practice needed you already have it!

Julia Aston said...

My goodness Mona - this is just beautiful and certainly 'hang' worthy! Your brush strokes are lovely - the depth and colors are wonderful!

Team Clark said...

An incredible work of art, Mona! Magnificent!

Christine L said...

Wow Mona - this is truly beautiful! Your practice is paying off - you've painted this so well, and caught the light perfectly!

Hugs
Christine x

Giggles said...

I'm so surprised that you haven't proudly hung many of your stunning paintings in your home already! Such beauty in all your work. Another gorgeous piece here! Love it!

Hugs Giggles

Marjan K├╝ppers said...

I think you can already be very proud of what you paint now! Everytime I visit your blog and when there's painting involved I can see how much you have learned. I think you are a very talented lady! Wonderful! There's depth and and your flowerscene looks so real!

Kerry said...

Incredible artwork! Just love the depth and color you achieve!

Lisa said...

This might be my favorite so far!! It looks absolutely amazing, Mona!! Wow!! even the butterfly looks real!! My gosh, this is spectacular!! What an artist you've become and so quickly!! Love, love it my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Annette Green said...

Oh, Mona, this is fabulous! YOU should've taught the class, I have a feeling. My daughter recently took an art class and felt it very challenging to work with oils, but found that with practice and her natural artistic ability, she was able to get comfortable rather quickly. This seems to be the case with you as well. This is so incredibly beautiful. Keep going, you're a natural!

Mirna said...

Absolutely gorgeous painting Mona! I would hang this in my house! Your artwork is stunning!

Petra Swart said...

WOW, Mona, this is simply STUNNING!!!! Love the cute little butterfly and your flowers are sooooooo beautiful!!! For sure you can hang this against your wall!!! TFS.

Lucy said...

Very beautiful and inspiring. Perfect for the Creative Carte Blanche "Winged Things".

Yvonne said...

WOW!!! What a beautiful painting....WOW WOW WOW!!! Perfect! Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Carte Blanche!


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