Oil Paintings - Peonies - Art

These are some of the many paintings of peonies I have produced under morning light in the home studio of my 8th Floor apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Peony blooms are so beautiful from the beginning to the end of their short life as cut flowers, even when they finally collapse in a feathery mound of lovely petals. My favorite time to visit the local farmer's market is in the spring when a couple of upstate growers bring in their creations for the admiration and enjoyment of the city dwellers. The rush is always on to buy these beauties, and I have to get to the market by 8 a.m. or so on Sunday morning to select one of the nicest bouquets, preferably the white blooms. I often lose the race and have to settle for what's left. I never paint silk flowers because they can't compete with the real thing. They have no fragrance and don't "take the light" the way nature's creations do. One of my painter friends "cheats" a little by buying a bouquet from his local farmer's market and adding one perfectly formed silk flower to the mix. I could never do that. So these are some of my favorites. I hope you enjoy viewing them at least a little bit as much as I enjoyed painting each and every one of them. The peonies themselves are always painted in one exuberant alla prima session with a fully loaded brush. Many of the images capture the brush strokes that are always quite evident in the original paintings. Sometimes the images have been cropped slightly to eliminate any unpainted edges of the original oil painting that would normally be covered by the frame rabbet. And some of the paintings in this collection have been signed digitally to re-position them for print requirements or to add a signature if the original was unsigned when photographed and is no longer in my possession.

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