22 August 2009

heartfelt peony

9x7 oil on canvas panel

Here is an incomplete rendering of a peony from my garden. I painted this in June, allowing myself a quick break between visits to the hospital, where my parents were playing musical beds. It was a scary time, with Mom finding out just how useful her internal defibrillator is, and Dad experiencing health troubles also. They are both doing fairly well now. Normal life has resumed, although at a slower pace.

Hopefully, I'll get back into a rhythm of painting soon. I need a jolt, maybe not a defibrillator, but perhaps a kick in the rump.

18 comments:

JMahorney said...

I really like the soft rendering of the key and right-on color/values.

Welcome back Dar. Im recently back from the dead myself. What gets me back into it is the void i feel when I'm away. C'mon Soldier, get back in there! :)

Dar Presto said...

Thanks Jeff.

Yeah, drop and give me 20...paintings!

Barbara Pask said...

Hi Dar, So pleased to see you posting again. I'm sorry you have been going through so much, I hope things remain "normal" for a while. So difficult to have your parents develop health issues. This is a sweet painting, like the simple elements. Keep that brush wet with paint and enjoy yourself.

Dar Presto said...

Thanks Barb. I've missed chatting with you.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Love, love, love this new one Dar! It has a classical feeling to it, but those keys add just the right shiny modern day touch? Lovely edges too. I'm glad your Mom and Dad made it though ok... Now, please get your head back in the game, we miss seeing your new art and your witty commentaries.

Dar Presto said...

Diane, you made my day. I think this piece taught me that under-working is better than overworking. I look forward to painting again. School starts in 2 days, and I have a date with the brushes!

L.Holm said...

Hi, Dar. Am glad to hear that your parents are both ok now. That does sound like a scary time. Welcome back.
This is such a tender, lovely painting. Beautiful.

(I could use that same kick) :-D

Dar Presto said...

You'll paint when you are able to, Liz, and it will be fabulous.
Thanks so much.

Sheila Vaughan said...

You have a lovely way with colour girl - it will always be there so don't fret and rush too much. Glad your mom and dad are on the mend now.

Dar Presto said...

Thank you, Sheila, I appreciate it.

Connie said...

Hi Dar - I'm so glad you're back and that your parents are doing well! This is a lovely painting - really exquisite. You definitely haven't lost your touch!

Dar Presto said...

Thank you so much, Connie.

Susan Carlin said...

Omigosh, I'm so thrilled to see some new paintings by you, Dar!
I can see now why your attention had been pulled away- to your family. Always more important. We're glad you're able to paint again now!

Dar Presto said...

Susan, thank you very much. Watching you paint is always a great inspiration and motivation to get back to the canvas. Thanks for all you do!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I've yet to paint a believable peony, but you have.

Dar Presto said...

They aren't easy, are they?! But neither are mums, and you've made those very exciting time and again. They frighten me.

Jala Pfaff said...

This is stunning and quite complete! Best wishes to your parents.

Dar Presto said...

Thanks, Jala. I appreciate it.