Don’t you find flower shops delightful? As Jack can well attest, I’ve never seen one I didn’t like. When we happened upon this quaint establishment in Provence my heart did a cartwheel, ideas for paintings skipped through my head. My plan for the Provence Flower Shop Diptych is sketched up on the two panels and we’re ready to begin painting.
I work on both pieces at the same time. After blocking in the old rock building the front door of the Flower Shop is painted with mixes of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White.
The same colors are used for the window and shutters. Moving to the sign the background is first covered, then the lettering is drawn into the wet paint. The bicycle is done in much the same manner, drawing the wheels and frame wet-into-wet over the wall behind it. You can see this better by enlarging the image, just click on the picture.
The umbrella presents an interesting challenge in how to approach the red and white stripes. I finally decided to paint the entire umbrella as if it was white. Then I come back and paint the red stripes over the white.
The floor and terra-cotta containers are finished before I begin to plant flowers. Sunflowers, some of my favorites, fill the large pot by the front door offering a happy greeting to all who enter.
What would a painting of Provence be without some Lavender? A bed is planted in the lower right corner, filling the air with its wonderful fragrance. Then the Geraniums and White Daisies cascading out of the wicker bicycle baskets are added.
These two Senkarik EMBRYOS, Sunflowers and Stripes and Flower Powered, are designed to be displayed together or individually. Original oil paintings this size retail in our galleries for $390 each but to make it more fun we are starting the bidding on both auctions at 1 cent. That’s right, ONLY A PENNY! But you’ll need to act quickly, the auctions end Sunday, February 23 beginning at 8 PM Central Time!
Got Spring Fever? I know I do. Let the Sunflowers and Stripes of red and white on the umbrella chase away those winter time blues, bringing a burst of spring color to your home or that of someone special. Senkarik Original EMBRYOS make unique gifts that are sure to please. The cheery blossoms in Sunflowers and Stripes will last long after regular flowers are gone.
Parked under the window of the ‘fleuriste’ in Provence was a bicycle, its baskets draped with flowers. Jack took one look and quite proudly exclaimed, “That bike is Flower Powered!” I almost fell over laughing. But it stuck, I smiled the entire time I was painting this piece. Let the captivating Flower Powered bicycle bring a smile every time you view it in your home.
Each piece measures 6″ x 6″. And don’t worry about framing them, these little gems painted on cradled panels with finished sides are ready to hang as soon as you unpack them.
Take delight in this charming Provence Flower Shop every time you view Sunflowers and Stripes and Flower Powered on your wall. The auctions are staggered 7 minutes apart so you can win one or both Original Oil Paintings for your home or office. AND…..If you win the TWO EMBRYOS we will give you FREE SHIPPING! Don’t linger, the first auction ends Sunday, February 23 at 8 PM Texas (Central) Time.