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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Painting Silver

One More Thing I've Never Done

Doing things I've never done is usually not high on my list

except in art.
I do that almost every day.

I've only been doing this for a few years, so there's lots of new things to be done.
Lots of ways to re-invent the wheel.

As I've said before, we grow lots of flowers.  

My husband loves to bring in bunches of flowers for me to arrange,
and sometimes he does the arranging.

Right now we have some echinaceas, daisies and yarrow so that was my set up.

I have this pretty cool silver looking ceramic vase and I thought
well, that will be a new experience.
I've never painted silver or any kind of metal.
I admire my many art friends who regularly use it in their paintings,
but me, well I've read about it.
Does that count.

Here's what I was looking at when I paintedtoday.

The cloth looks blue in the photo, but it's really a sage green.
Don't you love the loose look of the flowers.
That's why I wanted to paint it.

I'm kinda tight when it comes to painting and I thought this might help me to loosen up.

I'd start out with the loosening up idea in my head and by the time I got it done,
they'd all be packed in there like sardines.

I got out an 8: x 10" panel and let her rip!

It's not quite as loose as I would have liked, but I ran out of racin room.
I had lots of fun with the silver.
Obviously, it's not really silver, but I had fun trying to pick up the reflections I saw in it.
Anyway, I'm not happy with it and I'm showing it to you,
so that says something.

Thanks for stopping by today.


  1. Lovely, lovely set-up and painting, Sharon. I truly think you need to get away from the set-up for awhile and THEN look at your painting. I'll bet you will be pleasantly surprised at how good it is! Seriously.

  2. Thanks Meredith. You always make me feel like a million bucks. I do like it, but I wasn't happy with it immediately. It's funny how when you walk away from a painting for a while, it does change and it also happens when you frame it I think. Thanks again.

  3. Hi Sharon! I think you are so brave to tackle this difficult subject. Flowers are just beyond me. I think your painting is lovely. I really like your reflections in the silver also. I agree with Meredith. Step away and look again. You will be happier I'm sure.

  4. flowers are hard aren't they Cathy. But as a former florist I love them and hope to get better at painting them. You're both right. It's sitting in my studio waiting for a signature and I like it more every day. Thanks for your encouragement.

  5. Your painting is wonderful in my eyes. We can only bring about change when we are happy with what is. You are building your artistic future with what you say about your work today so try saying "I love my painting" and mean it.
    Your set up is gorgeous too.

  6. Dreama has an exercise at the beginning of her workshop that is similar to your suggestion. I love the set up too. So many of my fav things. Somedays I love what I paint and other days not so much. This feels toooo stiff to me. Another reason to try again. Wait til you see Friday's post. Hehe

  7. I love your set-up, Sharon, and I love your painting! It turned out great. Good for you for trying something new! Sometimes it's a scarey thing, but that's how we grow... right?


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.