Saturday, October 11, 2008

Tulip Oil Painting


Tulip 18 x 24cm oil on board

Our Wednesday afternoon oil painting group has reconvened after the summer. I'd been working on the tulip painting before the break and it languished in my studio all Summer. I did get bored looking at it. Apart from varnish, it's now finished and I face my usual problem - where to sign it. I always think my signature spoils the painting.

I took the photo of these way back at the beginning of the year and if it looks familiar it's because I did an earlier study in watercolour pencil, posted here.

17 comments:

Jeanette said...

Robyn, this is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the softness of it. One of your best painting I believe.

Felicity said...

Wow, this really is stunning! Yes, that signing is the worst bit isn't it?! I'm not sure where I would sign, perhaps the bottom righthand corner as the 'flow' is diagonally across the painting? Be interested to know what you decide!

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Lovely painting Robin - my goodness you're progressing fast!

I never ever sign - I use initials, for pretty much the same reason as you. I've always wanted to devise a logo signature like the one used by McIntosh to sign his flower drawings which is stylistically attractive.

I've only go as far as boxing my initials!

Robyn said...

Jeanette - Many thanks :)

Felicity - I'm so glad you like it. Yes, signing is the hardest part. I have become more relaxed about it with watercolours because they are more - sketchy, but oils still defeat me. I'll have to ponder ...

Katherine - Thank you :)
As for the signature, I'm glad you understand. I hadn't thought of initials - that may be the answer. I do think the Chinese and Japanese chops are the most elegant solution.

I'll work on it. It will be like being back in school when I spent endless hours doodling my signature in the hope it would be important one day. Turned out I used it most of all signing production checks :(

africantapestry said...

your tulips are exquisite robyn...you're doing wonderful in oils! I just adore this leaf right a the bottom, with its side hightlited in white...I just want to touch it!
Beautiful work!
ronell

vivien said...

I agree with Jeanette - one of your best!

Small paintings I just initial and then sign on the back - larger paintings I try to keep the signature inconspicuous and place it in with scribbles of marks so that it doesn't show too much, like you I hate an intrusive overlarge signature,

Rose Welty said...

Robyn, these are just gorgeous! Truly, truly lovely. You do have a wonderful knack with them.

Lovely!

Rose

Shirley said...

Robyn,
The tuips are exquisite - the dark background really brings ou the color and delicacy. The composition, however, is my favorite part - the angle of the stems and flowers is so pleasing.

Stacy said...

Robyn, I can see you have mastered oils! These tulips are beautiful! I love the detail in the front flower and how the others are softer as they recede. I have trouble finding a spot for a signature in my paintings too. Sounds like a common problem. Perhaps you could sign in the lower left using the dark green you used for the leaves?

Toni said...

Robyn the painting is absolutely stunning. I love the angle of the tulips across your canvas and the contrast between the lights and dark colors along with the softness. A chop would look great on this painting. Try doing your initials to resemble a chop.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Beautiful study. Its great to create a subject in more than one media but I have no doubt this oil is for me. Very brave with your strong background colour and my how it works.

Joan said...

Oh, Robyn, this is gorgeous!!!! You captured the lighting on it perfectly and the dramatic dark background works so well on it.

laureline said...

Gosh, this is lovely----I especially like the graceful, bending shapes and the strong value contrasts. You've done that difficult thing (that I strive to do, too) of combining volume and linearity in one painting. Brava, dahling.

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Lindsay said...

This is just stunning! I envy you your brush handling and the colors are rich. Here's to ressurecting ignored paintings!

PERUGINA ART said...

Just beautiful!

juj said...

oh my!! why have I been away so long - LOOK at what I've missed! Robyn, this is absolutely STUNNING.

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