It’s that Peony time of Year

This time of year peonies are in abundance.  They are one of my favourite flowers and the season for them is very short.  They are so fluffy, full and smell amazing.  Their usual colour is a lovely light creamy pink but this year I was given some wonderfully dark deep pink ones for my birthday which I couldn’t help but try and paint.

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Peonies are so very beautiful but also so very hard to paint.  Unlike most flowers that are quite obedient and don’t move much these can’t help but move all the time.  Once they start to open they move so quickly in front of your eyes.  If you start painting one when it is slightly open, by the time 4 hours is up they completely blown out and are a different shape and colour from when you started.  You have to work so very quickly.

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I found the dark pink peonies harder than the light pink peonies as the day I painted them was particularly hot which didn’t help matters.  It helps if you keep your painting style loose and fluffy like the flowers themselves.

I’m pleased to say that within a day of putting the light pink peonies on my Etsy page I sold them to someone in Las Vegas!  I’m really chuffed.  Keep checking out my Etsy page (AlicesArtHouse) for more additions each week!

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My Backyard

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My Backyard – oil on canvas board – 10’x12′ – £80

This week I have mainly been at home as poor Kea has been ill with tonsillitis.  He has been feeling dreadful but is now on the mend.  This has meant that I haven’t been out of the house.

I love the view from the back of my house from up in the loft and so I decided to have a go at painting it.  Its the first time I’ve tried painting houses but I rather like the result.  Its a little naive but I think it has some charm.  I love the backs of the houses in London and all the different fun gardens you can look into. Luckily unlike most other houses in London my neighbours are quite far away.  I love the colour of the bricks and the way the houses are higgledy piggledy.  Its very easy to imagine Mary Poppins flying in for a cup of tea.

Parks and Summer Fun

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The twins playing in the park – oil on canvas.

It has warmed up here and it feels like the summer has truly arrived.  We have been spending huge amounts of time outside after school.  The parks near where I live are large open spaces with a few trees. We have been playing amongst these trees which reminded me of this portrait I did earlier this year.  These girls are great and I love the gappy teeth look 😉

This picture is not for sale as it was a commission.  If you are interested in a commission please do get in touch.  Thanks.