Sunday, April 12, 2009

Painting for the Day: "Science Concludes: A Rose is a Rose"


Science Concludes: A Rose is a Rose ... Oil ... 18" x 18"


You'd think there'd be an easy way to suspend a test tube in mid air. I checked; there's not.
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32 comments:

  1. Easier done in paint than in life!

    Great paintings. Love the drops of water.

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  2. Just beautiful! Your test tube and vase are just amazing! Wow!

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  3. Wow!!! My eyes popped on this image. I LOVE artists who can paint realistically an imaginary and surreal scene. You're my hero!

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  4. Thanks, Don! Water drops seem to really attract people. Sometimes I think I should put a water drop in Every painting!

    Thanks Manon, the 'vase' is actually a scientific beaker.

    Thanks, Sheila! It was a stretch for me but I'm trying to learn not to fear glass.

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  5. Okay!
    This one top them all. Is this a daily painting?
    The sky the vase/glass the rosses and the drops of water. This one is a winner!!!
    AMAZING!

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  6. Oh, Irit, you are too kind, thanks! And no, although I do paint every day, it seems I am incapable of completing a painting a single day. I keep about 6-10 paitings going in various stages at any given time. This one took about 20 hours over 7 days within a month, plus several hours over 3 days to set it up.

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  7. Whew - am so glad to hear this took a while to develop, R. This is phenomenal! So you weren't levitating the test tube? The painting's magical!

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  9. Thanks Susan and Liz! Nope, no scientific glass was levitated in the production of this painting, though it would've been handy! Wonder if I can write off a class in magic?

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  10. Hi R.,

    Okay you're starting to scare me. I hadn't even
    looked at your blog when I posted mine
    with the photos of roses. (Pink roses). I just love your painting, and I say good for science -- and you!!!

    Take care,

    Barbara (we must be doing something right)

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  11. Firstly, thanks for the kind comments on my blog.
    I really love your work, sense of humour and the whole blog in general ... so glad I found it ... thanks to you :-) You have a well deserved following and that will be including me.
    I noticed that blog about the transparent colours ... I use Kusakabe (sap green, raw sienna transp., brown madder, burnt sienna transp., a lot), I don't know if you can get them over there.
    Keep up the great work!

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  12. My words are not enough to express how talented you are!! The flask, water droplets, clouds, shadow, texture of flower...what to say..Everything is mind blowing and fantastic!
    Megha
    Art on Sketchbook

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  13. Wow! Fabulous work. Never thought I'd see a test tube and a beaker in a painting, Lol! LOVE the concept and the execution :)

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  14. Perhaps a tube with a suction cup attached to the back stuck on a window? I have one of these contraptions be never thought to paint it with the sky background. I love the whole idea of it and I love your painting.

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  15. Barbara, A case of great minds... hmm?

    Paul, so nice to hear from you, I'm honored. I have not heard of the Kusakabe but will do some research.

    Megha, thank you for the nice compliments!
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    Thanks, Nithya! I find 'tools' fascinating... thus the industrial glass.

    Joyful, thank you for your kind words. The item you mention vaguely rings as bell... have not seen one in years. But how to Not have the suction cup show through the tube...? I'm too literal, I guess. In the end I set it up a couple different ways and painted my way out of it. There was a fair amount of invention involved.

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  16. I love the concept of this painting, and your skill in rendering it is amazing!

    Re your old silk dyes: 1985 is pretty old, but I bet they're still OK. My suggestion is to use one of your scarves as a test - paint some of each color on in full strength, maybe diluted as well. Take a picture, then set the dyes and rinse the scarf to see how much dye runs out. Compare to 'before' picture. Let me know how it turns out - I'm curious to see if the dyes really have that long of a shelf life! If most of the dye does rinse out, you could always do a series of pastel-colored paintings ;)

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  17. Your skills as well as your concepts just blow me away.

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  18. Thanks for dropping by with your comment.I've loved seeing all the paintings you have on your web-site and blog. I'm looking forward to seeing many more.

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  19. I have a Passion for Painting Award waiting for you on my blog. Check it out for details. If I come across a Passion for Scientific Analysis of Painting, I'll pass that along as well.

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  20. Deborah, Thanks for the counsel on the silk dyes. I'll let you know how it goes!

    Thanks, Jala. Now if I can only learn how to paint like you do...

    Thanks, Nancy, that's very kind of you!

    Charlene, aren't you sweet. Thank you.

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  21. This has a very Magritte feel about it. I admire that you can create such a surreal painting. Well done!

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  22. Dana, wow! What a great compliment. Magritte is very much on my 'Cool' list. Thanks!

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  23. What's in a name? That which we call a rose
    by any other name would smell as sweet....
    but, yeah. A rose is a rose.

    You continue to amaze and inspire. Wonderful painting!

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  24. Very very clever.... not to mention well done!!

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  25. Great title and gorgeous, gorgeous painting.

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  26. Doug, you can recite poetry, paint, and be a rock god, too?? How will the rest of us ever keep up?

    Marian and Susan, thank you!

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  27. Aw shucks, R. It's all in a day's work.

    Think about it though. "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet..." Agreed.

    But if we called it something else like "My, what a fragrant bouquet of chihuahuas"... it just doesn't seem to work.

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  28. Very beautiful, R.. Reminds me a little bit of Rene Magritte.

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  29. This is so ethereal! Very beautiful!

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  30. Thanks Doug, Edward, Jala and Trish!

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Thank you for your kind comments! They always make my day.