This heirloom variety from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello gardens where they are grown and sold is one of the few plants I myself have planted and it lives to this day! I'm not much of a gardener, so I'm thankful for the hearty variety that has survived my non-green thumb.
I believe it is a Japanese variety due to it's guard petals with a flowering ball shaped center, and I seem to remember when we purchased it, the folks were pretty excited for this little guy being planted here in Virginia.
I guess they knew I couldn't hurt it!
Did you know the Japanese Peony is considered the King of Flowers and has a great deal of meaning behind it. It is said to bring wealth, honor, good fortune, and is associated with daring bravery. Because of this, it is not only a favorite flower to paint, but is highly regarded within the tattoo world.
There are five different categories of the peony, the single, Japanese, anemone, semi-double, double. This Peony flower is a transition between the singles and the doubles. It has five or more guard petals surrounding the flower center, the stamens are partially changed into short skinny petals. This makes for its feathery appearance. Usually the center petals vary in color from the outer guard petals. This leads to some impressive and striking color combinations.
You can find this flower all across the spectrum of the art world. Not just found in paintings such as this, but in tapestries, and on porcelain.
How to paint the Peony Flower and learn a couple of great secrets that will speed your process of painting up, so you can finish sooner than you think. This is a very complex flower head to paint, so bear with me as I show you how to proceed.
Now do you get the picture? Let's watch as I do the very same thing in the color layers!
Big blocks of color that are then blended on the canvas!
What a great time saver! Now you just need a few blended colors on the palette, and your canvas can be your mixing pot for the rest.
The finished peony flower piece and a few close ups of the blossoms.
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