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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Little Surprises!

Marigold, 5x7" Oil on canvas

Finally, dry enough to scan and post! I took the reference photo, and for the first time ever, I saw the most interesting aspects to this very common flower. I painted it as I saw it ... and I hope you can see it too - many of the petals actually have small hair-like appendages on the tips. I probably wouldn't have seen that with my own eyes - but the camera did, and I thought that was a wonderful little surprise! Of course, my painting of it didn't capture it as well as the camera did.

To me - this little painting is a celebration of yellows and rust colors - of sunlight and shadow - and of those little hair like things on the tips of leaves that I never knew were there before! Makes me think and wonder - what other surprises await our closer investigation of common things! I'm pretty sure that God, the creator of all things, must enjoy our enjoyment of " little surprises"!

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Deborah Ross said...

Helen, this is a cheerful looking little flower. It is amazing to discover little surprises in nature, and I'm sure you're right....God must enjoy surprising us.

John Vander Stelt said...

Helen, thanks for sharing your work with us. I also appreciate your faith statement. Blessings to you.

Anna said...

Helen, I am always amaze with your art work, and how you did it. Thanks for sharing, Anna :)

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