Monday, February 13, 2012

Lovely Grays and Hellebore {Bountiful Observations no. 7} SOLD

Gray Symphony - Quiet Moment

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}
SOLD
Framed painting
Before moving to the mid-Atlantic region I had never lived anywhere with four distinct seasons. For the first few years I lived here each season was a period of discovery and wonder before I began to associate the sprouting and blooming of specific plants with specific seasons.

It was about four years ago when walking through Georgetown {a neighborhood in DC} in early February that I noticed the hellebore blooming in several yards. The next year I began to realize that these may be the first flowers to bloom in the DC region, maybe even before the snowdrops and crocus. And now I always look upon the blooming of these lovely and delicate flowers as the harbinger of spring.

The hellebore in this painting were given to me by a dear friend and as the flowers opened and continued to bloom I was struck by the soft colors of the petals, the dynamic pattern of the leaves, and how the muted tones were complemented with the reflective surfaces of the small silver bowl and pewter pitcher. Sometimes to bring out the vibrancy in a delicate color it is best to surround it with subtle gray tones.

{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}

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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.

10 comments:

Delilah said...

WOW Liz! This is wonderful,you really make it look like silver and the needle point on the white is wonderful.

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Thanks Delilah! the embroidered linen was fun to work on, the idea was to just suggest the stitches and let the viewer interpret the surface quality of the needlework.

Kara K. Bigda said...

I just came across your blog today and had to comment on your beautiful paintings. This one is just spectacular! I love all the grays with that one pop of color. Just amazing. :) (and your best creation of all of course, is just adorable . . . what a cutie).

Virginia Floyd said...

Really beautiful, Liz! The patina on the pewter is amazing!

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Welcome Kara! I am so glad you stopped by and left a comment.

...and I agree my best creation is a cutie! I am very fortunaye to have her in my life.

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Thanks Virginia!

Lora said...

You put me in the mood for spring with your lovely painting!

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Thanks Lora! I am so ready for spring :)

Sarah said...

Gorgeous, eye-catching painting. I pinned it!

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Thanks Sarah! I have just signed up for pinterest and have yet to really figure it out how it works... maybe I just need to jump in and see what happens!