White Flowers

“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own instead of someone else’s.”
– Billy Wilder

White Flowers

9″ x 12″ Acrylic on Ampersand Aquabord Panel

I did this painting for the Plant Parade challenge over at WetCanvas, in the Florals & Botanicals forum.

White is hard!  This painting went through so I thought I’d share them with you.


About Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder, the Austrian-American film director who gave us classic films like the farcical Some Like It Hot and the sardonic Sunset Boulevard, was a true rags-to-riches success story. Born in 1906 in the Austria-Hungarian empire, he fled the Nazi regime in 1934, arriving in Los Angeles with $11 and speaking almost no English. By the 1950’s, he had become one of Hollywood’s greatest directors, directing more than 60 films. He won six Oscars and the National Medal of Honor. He died in 2002.

(There was one more progress shot, but it wouldn’t upload.) 🙂


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Polygon from WC
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 13:22:31

    These are beautiful, I *really* love this style! I’ll be following your blog to see what else you do. Very interesting to see the different stages, and how it came out in the end.


  2. lesliepaints
    Jan 25, 2010 @ 09:39:20

    Large paintings! It’s fun to look at your different versions, Beth. The background color on the one that went through is so rich. Is that one color or a mix? I also like that middle one in the second row. For me, they look as though some of the color of the foreground work with the background, nicely. White is a challenge!


    • Beth Parker
      Jan 25, 2010 @ 09:58:02

      Thanks, Leslie! Yes 9″ x 12″ is very large for me. 🙂 The background is all black, but the first underpainting is raw sienna. Then I had pinks, purples, yellows, blues and white mixtures (never pure white). It all got washed out, with the glazes, so I went back in and painted the black lines in again. It was frustrating and fun, all at the same time.


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