Tuesday, 5 June 2012

No Pearl Jam Peony.....


A couple of weeks ago the lovely Pat
over at Artfully Oooglebloops took this wonderful photo
of a peony in a teacup which she included in this blog post
and she very generously invited people to play with it
and I happily took up the challenge


I thought it may help me recover from the Pearl Jam Peony incident 
back in February
where I worked on a botanical detailed drawing of a peony
 that almost drove me mad
the result was great
but boy did all those petals drive me to distraction


But I thought enough time had passed
and the trauma had settled
until I started drawing this one up
and it all came rushing back
petals and more petals
details and complicated tones
but I am older and wiser
and so no Pearl Jam was playing
and no trying to perfectly capturing it


this was all about survival
so armed with copious amounts of tea
I jumped in and did a quickish sketch
and it was fun
no angst
no perfection anxiety
just plain fun and colour and tea
Pomegranate Green tea


and my love of Peonies is restored
demons are laid to rest
and I am ready to move onto getting those
Republic of Tea Tins painted up

Happy Tuesday Tea everyone...

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28 comments:

Rita said...

I love both versions. But the realistic one must have been painstaking to produce. I'm glad you're past the peony angst. This is delightful!! :):)

Roxanne said...

I'm definitely not desiring to tackle peonies. You're brave to try.

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

Good for you for giving peonies another try (they are so gorgeous, they do deserve it). Your piece is fantastic!!! Wonderfully done Tracey xx

laurie said...

thats just lovely, I love peonies,

~*~Patty S said...

demons laid to rest
and peony Love restored...
ahh you spin a quite a tale dear Tracey
it is always lovely to visit...
your artwork and narrative are superb!

AND Pat's Peony in a cup is WOW!

Happy June!
oxo

my cup of tea said...

I LOVE it! You did the challenge justice! Awesome job!
Thank you for my beautiful bookmarks they arrived in record time and just in time for some 'Tea' books I ordered from Amazon! Such a special gift!
Thank you so much!
~Donna~

Carolyn Dube said...

Peony perfection!! You are now the master of the peony!

Aimeslee said...

wow wow wow. the last several weeks of your art has been so fun to see the evolution of these drawings. bravo! xoxo

Tracey Potter said...

What a beautiful image Tracey! I like the freedom in your line work and the wonderful looseness and fluidity in your paint work. I just visited Artfully Oooglebloops blog post and as if I don't have enough to do already, it has got me thinking about painting this too :)

Neesie said...

I love peonies and had them in my garden in Scotland (well theoretically they should still be there and if not I'll want to know why?)
I adore both works....just pink perfection!
Stay cosy Trace ;D

Netty said...

Loving your beautiful peony, x

Fallingladies said...

Wow, perfect peony, casual and pretty and yummy looking, , oh, and i recognize that tea!

Erica Borodina said...

Che bellezza!

Susan said...

China teacup and peony...both delicate and lovely. Thank goodness you didn't give up on peonies. Look what you would have missed.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

This turned out beautifully! I think it's interesting how approaching things with different styles (and background music?) can have such different results. I love the first peony you did for all its meticulous detail- but I love this one just as much for how loose and carefree it is with those sweet, soft colors of the cup. Thanks for sharing this!
xx
Stephanie

Terrie Purkey said...

I love the loose and happy peony in a cup - I think there's a place for the perfection of a botanical drawing (yours are always gorgeous) as well as this freer style. So soft and pretty.

Nancy said...

I love what you've done, now I'm going back to take a look at Pats cup :) Happy Tea Tuesday

Halle said...

Wow! You have some mad skill lady! Love the peony's!

WrightStuff said...

I love peonies :)

miz katie said...

Gorgeous work. Peonies!!

Sandra said...

I love your peony! And who needs all that detail? Things can get so fussy and overworked can't they? This is just perfect!! :0)

kimmie said...

that happened to me with a dahlia once :)

I love your result ... enough detail that our imagination has no trouble filling in the rest ... such pretty colors too!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I knew I would be late getting here today, since I went out of town. But I love the way you overcame the demons and produced this totally gorgeous peony in a cup. What a tribute to Pat's post, too. I see you also made it in Jean's post today, also. You are becoming the all around tea gal! Hope your tea Tuesday was perfect in every way.

rosieinspirations said...

Hi Tracey,
I love your paintings and your sense of humor! I am drooling over the silverware.=0 It's just fantastic! xoxo

sandee said...

mmmmm...I'm thinking it's missing something, I know an ant! All my peonies had ants, it drove me nuts! Seriously though it's a beautiful rendition of a peony and I am glad all the demons are laid to rest! lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina where you will be one of my featured artists tomorrow! I hope you can stop by and visit!

JoZart said...

I keep missing your wonderful art so I've joined as a follower to make sure I DON'T!
JoZarty x

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Your drawing looks pretty darn detailed to me. I think even if you had your eyes closed, you would still be able to sketch beautifully! :) Have a great day. Tammy

*jean* said...

oo i wish i were as brave as you are...i love peonies but have yet to try painting/drawing one...your painting is beautiful and i bet pat was thrilled to see your rendering!! xo