Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"Lavender Fields"

  Lavender Fields, oil on canvas, 11 x 14, © Annette Weiner 2012
                                                    

I couldn't resist painting these beautiful lavender fields and charming stone house in Provence, France.  Since I haven't traveled there yet, I painted this scene from a photograph.  In an attempt to loosen up, I chose to paint in an impressionist style.  I have to admit, it was very difficult to keep myself from painting the details.  All in all, I am happy with the way this turned out.  Just think how potent the scent of lavender would be standing in the middle of these fields!

Now, photographing this piece was quite the challenge.  By daylight, the purple is purple.  By night, it becomes more violet.  I couldn't figure out why it looked like two different colors.  Then I realized that it was changing as a result of the light it was in.  Whew!  Mystery solved.

Thank you for visiting!   

Annette

15 comments:

  1. This really is beautiful, Annette ... I love it! :)

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  2. Ingrid, thank you so much! I'm glad you like it... I'm getting rather attached to this one! :)

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  3. Hi Annette, you commented on my blog that you, too, are trying to loosen up and I think you've done a wonderful job on this one! I find it so hard to stop fussing with the details! Love this painting... can you imagine seeing lavender fields like this in person?!? An artist I admire is Julian Merrow-Smith who's art is beautiful and his life sounds idyllic. (http://shiftinglight.com/) He lives with his wife in a renovated farm house in Provence... sigh...

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    1. Hi Kathleen, I have a new artist to admire and follow, Julian Merrow-Smith. OMG, his work is amazing! After drooling over many of his paintings, (love his still lifes), I subscribed to his blog and bought his book. Thanks for sharing his name with me.

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    2. The list of blogs to follow just keeps getting longer and longer:)! I'm glad you checked him out... I do love his style of painting... To me he has just the right mix of detail and painterly qualities. Hope to see some new painting from you soon.:)

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    3. I agree with you about Julian's style, Kathleen. I wonder if I'm ever going to get his book which I ordered from France. If I do it will be a nice surprise! I hope to post some new paintings soon. Life is getting in the way at the moment. Have a great week! :)

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  4. Hi Kathleen, thank you for your support. When I finish up some larger paintings I am going to try to paint some small paintings quickly . I've never painted smaller than 11x14 before so it will be interesting. I will check out Julian's work. How wonderful to live in a farm house in Provence. I would love to both see and smell those lavender fields one day!

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  5. Wow! I just love your work. Both the paintings and the photographs are totally brilliant

    I've become a follower, I hop[e you don'rt mind.

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  6. Hi John! Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting! I appreciate your kind comment. I'm very happy to have you follow my blog. If you would like you can follow me on facebook also at Annette Weiner Art. Have a great day!

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  7. Wow! What a stunning painting. It just makes you feel like you are there. I'm glad you stopped my blog. I had not visited you before. I signed up to follow you. Can't wait to see what is next!

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  8. Thank you so much Karla! I just stumbled upon your blog. Your work is great! So glad you stopped by to visit and follow.

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  9. Wow this painting just jumped off the screen, lovely very well done,I like the slight impressionistic feeling.

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  10. Roger, thank you for your lovely feedback. I'm glad you stopped by. Thanks for following my blog!

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