Hope Cunningham Fine Art

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Kurt's Peonies

Original oil painting on canvas panel
8" X 8"

Third post this week. Yay! I may have said it before and I know I'll say it again, flowers are the hardest thing on the planet to paint. I don't know anyone who paints peonies as well as Kurt Anderson. He had these set up on a table in the corner of his studio the last time I visited. I couldn't resist snapping a photo to give them a try. It was fun and frustrating. My first attempt got brushed together. I came back the next day and worked into my blurry start. Worked out pretty well, I think.


  1. It worked out very well! Whenever I try to paint flowers they change and open while I'm working, I wish they'd stay still! You paintings are beautiful - very soft and atmospheric. It's a treat to have found you.

  2. You are absolutely right ! Painting flowers from life is a completely different challenge. They are living, breathing things that move and when you are outside, the light is moving too. I painted "First White Roses" from life in my garden. The beautiful thing is that you can actually watch a rose open if you pay close attention. I don't think we should be too frustrated by that. How many people actually have the blessing of paying such close attention that they see a rose bloom? The trick is to decide what you are going to commit to, simplify and paint fast!

  3. Great advice Hope! It really is a thing of beauty. Though I'm still a little too nervous to paint fast, it usually ends up messy!

    No, I didn't study with Carol Maine but I follow her blog and love her work. I live in the UK so it's a bit far to come for classes. Still, I'll be in the States for 4 months from Sept so who knows...

    Sure, I'd love to share links. Thanks for asking! I've put a link up to you on my blog already - I hope it get s you lots of well deserved traffic. Have a great weekend!

  4. Well, coming from you, that's a great compliment! If you come to Arizona let me know. I will put you on my link list. Happy painting.