Vase of Flowers 18 X 18 inch Oil Painting

This is an 18 X 18 inch still life of gladiolus and chrysanthemum.

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28 thoughts on “Vase of Flowers 18 X 18 inch Oil Painting

    1. Wow. Thank you so much Cindy! It is hard for me to know how to respond to compliments about my paintings because I don’t see the things that I am told most times. I am glad that you see natural beauty drawn out. That is quite a compliment.

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      1. Well sometimes we have to step away and look at our work from a different angle. We spend so much time up close its hard to see it as others would.

        My comments come from the heart. The written word penned without meaning is wasted sentiment.

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        1. I listened to a guy talk about the artist curse and he said the reason why people have a hard time with their own work is because they know every struggle and mistake and what they wanted or envisioned vs what they got…the audience does not. He compared it to a magician who isn’t Impressed with his own magic tricks because he knows how it is done, yet the audience sees magic.

          I appreciate sincere comments from the heart Cindy. Thank you.

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  1. So beautiful! you must love flowers because you make them shine like stars…..your clean choice of colors and that background is superb. Most people treat backgrounds as leftovers but you always make them a part of the stage and they become stars as well.

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    1. I absolutely love flowers. Funny story. If there is such a thing as an introvert, I am classic. Anyway, some study looked at brain function between introverts and extroverts while they were viewing pictures of people and flowers. The extroverts lighted up when they saw pictures of people…the introverts had the same response between people and flowers…their brain didn’t differentiate between the two. I will see if I can find it and make sure my summary of details are right.

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      1. And thank you very much about the flowers shining and the background not being a leftover. I appreciate that because I try to make the background interesting as much as I can while still keeping it relatively “simple”.

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      2. that is so interesting…..share if you find it because I am an introvert. When I see or hear a bird, my heart jumps. I love nature and the outdoors and I come alive when out there, as good as going to a party with a lot of people….better than actually!

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    2. Found it.

      Faces or flowers?

      The higher subjects had scored on a test for extroversion, the greater their P300 response was to human faces. In other words, extroverts pay more attention to human faces (P300 can be seen as an indicator of human attention, or how fast their brains’ noticed that something has changed.)

      There was no link between scores on extroversion and the P300 response to flowers.

      Introverts had very similar P300 responses to both human faces and to flowers.

      “They just didn’t place a larger weight on social stimuli than they did on any other stimuli, of which flowers are one example,” Fishman said.

      “[This] supports the claim that introverts, or their brains, might be indifferent to people — they can take them or leave them, so to speak. The introvert’s brain treats interactions with people the same way it treats encounters with other, non-human information, such as inanimate objects for example,” Fishman told LiveScience.

      The results strongly suggest that human faces, or people in general, hold more significance for extroverts, or are more meaningful for them, Fishman said.

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      1. Interesting…..I have a friend who is an extrovert, loves to visit, call and talk on the phone and play card games. I in on the other hand don’t require or need to have the human interaction that she does. Now this is interesting, she doesn’t really like the outdoors, flowers doesn’t move her. She doesn’t understand my feelings about nature, she doesn’t feel connected to it at all. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

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        1. Isn’t that interesting? The world needs all kinds and I am thankful for the extroverts who love me and keep life interesting but I sure love quiet.

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        2. And this is what cracks me up Margaret…I have absolutely zero need to even try to paint people. Zilch. They do not interest me at all…not even a tiny bit! It kinda made me think I was weird for a while, but turns out, I’m not…just an introvert.

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        3. lol I know what you mean! I actually do like to paint and draw people but I have to have a commission in front of me otherwise I don’t. I enjoy it while I do but I prefer nature and landscapes. I am told that I do portraits very well but while I paint people, I am looking for the deeper meaner, the spiritual and that is what drives me on while painting them….but left up to me, I rather paint non-people! ha!

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    1. Thank you Carrie Lynn. I like that part also. Recently, I discovered that I like acrylics, but it is just not the same as oil painting…so much easier though!!!! I can paint basically the same picture in acrylics in a quarter of the time or less than it takes with oils so I bought me my own set and will be playing with them in between oils. I do love the oils though and don’t plan on giving them up any time soon.

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        1. I will! I would like to get a few painted this week for a sunflower festival I will have a booth at in a few weeks and I need them to be dry. Plus, I thought it would be nice to have something I can sell at a lower price range than oils in case someone likes my paintings, but would like a lower price point. Hopefully I can get something I would like to take.

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