Ranunculus in Vase 14 X 18 Inch Still Life Acrylic

I am infatuated with ranunculus right now. They come in so many different colors and I love their full sets of petals.  They remind me of a cross between a poppy and a rose.  Anyway, I seem to be stuck painting them for at least a little while.  Here is one attempt of red ranunculus living in a blue vase on a green table against a yellow background.  

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17 thoughts on “Ranunculus in Vase 14 X 18 Inch Still Life Acrylic

  1. But as far as choosing colors, I spend a lot of time just thinking about color combinations and I think at times my emotions and mood have something to do with it. I notice during weeks where there is anxiety or stress, I use lots of red. When I am joyful, yellow seems to dominate. The colors however are the first things I think about when I paint, the subject is secondary. Then I think about what kind of brush strokes I want to primarily do and that will determine what sort of painting I finally come up with because every flower for instance has a different type of stroke, but I also notice depending on my mood the flower can come across as anxious looking or softer…so it is a crap shoot!

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  2. Very interesting painting Dawn. Do you do this from life or do you invent it? If the former – are the colors of the foreground and background the real deal or do you change them as you like? If so, how do you decide on the colors? So many questions! 🙂

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    1. Hi Fritz. Well, I paint from my head and in my head, the colors are more vivid so I will say that no, the colors are not as they should be. I don’t think it is possible to paint the colors I imagine in my head.

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  3. Wow I was thinking “poppy-on-steriods” when I first looked at this beautiful painting. I never heard of ranunculus! Now I have to google them at look at photos. Very lovely colors and composition!

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    1. And what is cool is in real life, the vase kinda glows and the reds are richer. I wish cameras could capture subtle changes in colors. The green is warmer and brighter in real life and the yellow is more ochre. Argh!!!

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        1. It drives me nuts. I have been trying to photograph a red textured ranunculus painting for days. It is not working. It won’t pick up the right tones. With the texture, it can be hard to get a good picture because the light hits high points. The blue is coming out fine for once and the yellows look right, but the red!!!! I have another acrylic one too where the reds are more orange or cad red light and they are coming across as yellowish or pinkish in photos. My sky is turquoise and it looks blue black. Figure that one out. My study in ranunculus is gonna make me crazy! I did a pink one in oils too. I don’t know if I will post it…it is just kinda meh.

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