This is my original oil painting (24" x 48" on 1/4" pure eucalyptus hardboard from a sustainable forest) of a closeup of a blossom from an antique tree peony growing on our farm. The blossoms of this plant are beautiful beyond words, so the only thing I can think of to do so that I can communicate their beauty to others is to photograph and paint them.
The tree peony blossom is my favorite photographic subject, and one of my very favorite subjects to paint. I love coming in very close on the details so that I can convey the way the sunlight illuminates the petals. Something I see in the tree peony blossoms is the petals flow dramatically as if the flower is engaged in a gorgeous, slow-motion dance routine, flourishing a luxurious skirt this way and that.
I have take a bit of creative liberty with the photos you see here featuring this painting in various locations. These are only mock ups to give you an idea of how the painting would look in various locations; the scale might not be correct. Please look at these photos for visual reference only.
I created this painting in the winter and spring of 2010 for my art show, "Moments" in New York. For each of my oil paintings, I apply at least two coasts of acrylic gesso to the hardboard before applying any oil painting to it. When the painting is complete and fully dry (sometimes up to six months after completion) I apply a coat of Damar varnish to prevent dust, smoke, or other airborne contaminates from touch the surface.
Thank you taking the time to read my description, for this is my life's work.