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Pansies by robertsloan2 Pansies by robertsloan2
4" x 6" acrylic on canvas board.

Painted from references in Artist's Photo Reference: Flowers by Gary Greene, combining five of the images into this one. I equivocated over whether it was a still life or an Intimate Landscape, but as I didn't develop the background into grass or garden or sky, I decided to consider it a still life. The background is the same sort of abstract textured background as Calla Lily, in a combination color -- Hookers Green with Ivory Black to darken it. Ivory Black is as transparent as Hookers Green and very interesting to have a transparent black, useful when you want to keep the transparency.
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GrannyBee1254 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Nice job, Robert!  Love this one,  especially.
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lamagamorgana Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
you made me think about Madagascar now :°°D "They're just a bunch of pansies!" :lmao:
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
ROFLMAO yeah. Funny about that when it's just a cool domestic flower. I guess it's not manly to do gardening.
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amzie-mc Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gorgeous!
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
Thank you! I love acrylics, you can finish a painting so fast with them because they dry so quick.
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RooCat Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
Cute little pansy faces. :D A classic one at the top.
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
Thank you! Yes, I had to put the classic one in somewhere. I liked the red ones too and couldn't decide which reference to use, so I put the plants one behind the other.
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RooCat Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
You are welcome. :) :nod:
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jessicii Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
TECHNICALLY, anything that is alive or was alive cannot/ should not be considerder a still life.

J/K, J/K. Thats just what my freaky 5th grade teacher told us. ;P

(she was CrAzY)
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
Okay, given that, I think that florals or botanicals should be considered their own category. Write the Help Desk with a category suggestion and say so. And here I thought you could do a still life with human corpse, bloodstains and smoking gun. Goes to show...

Seriously, I am trying to convince DeviantART to create a traditional art category for "Florals" or "Botanicals" in both drawing/illustration and painting/airbrushing, because half of mine go in Landscapes for being Intimate Landscapes outdoors, and the rest go in Still Life even when there is no vase in sight and it's not just part of an arrangement. Bowls of fruit count as still life, usually get labeled still life. Flowers in a vase can be a still life or part of a still life. But those beautiful illustrations for herbals and botanical books are their own category of art, where it's essentially anatomical drawings of a plant. You can do this with animal drawings and list them as "Animals" but you can't do it with anatomical drawings of plants, and that frustrates me -- as well as people who would like to be able to look up floral art and find irises to fit their kitchen decor of irises and pansies without wading through a lot of ceramic jars of dead grass or crystal-and-glass still lifes on the way.
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jessicii Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
blood stains and guns are okay!! just like not flowers and fruits and stuff... but that makes no sense... i think DEAD things fit. not living stuff since it still grows & develops. maybe that's it. guh. i don't know why fruit is excluded from this... maybe it's because once they are picked only their color change- not their size & general appearance.

(HAHAHA i act like i know what i'm talking about...)

(and yes, a specif botanic section would be wonderful!!)
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
Well, yeah. I think fruit counts as still life the same way a Twinkie would. Still lifes of fruit are traditional and what people first think of with the idea of a "still life." They evolved out of some much more elaborate paintings from the Dutch Masters where the table would be filled with every kind of food, not always cooked -- your fruits and dead pheasant and other things like that. I can see flowers as an element in a still life, especially flowers in a vase. But not all floral drawings come in that category!

And I have seen some authors in art books that include a cat sitting among the vases. I would so have wanted to title that one "Immanent Disaster" since there's these big round fragile vases surrounding a cat. The cat's just sitting up all pretty but it's like, wait till a moment later -- crash! Cats love things that roll... lol
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katarthis Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful!

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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
Thank you!
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aladyx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely, Robert! :clap:
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
Thank you! I think I'm going to put this one on eBay once I get my auctions going.
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aladyx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought maybe that's what you had in mind when I noticed the dimensions.
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
Yep. I bought a batch of canvas boards that size with the idea of doing some, and I've already got watercolor blocks that size.
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stKhit Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
good another one!!
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
Yep! Thank you!
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stKhit Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
my pleasure!! :hug:
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Deb-e-ann Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Nice one Robert :D
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
Thank you! I love how it turned out, and do have to do more of them.
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greyday19 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007   Digital Artist
awesome!!! My mother loves pansies!
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Thank you! I am so glad I did someone's favorites this time. Pansies have some personal memories for me, they are something I did want to put in the garden last year but wasn't up to doing it -- however, next year is another matter. Maybe I'll be able to do some of my own reference photos next year!
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greyday19 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007   Digital Artist
awsome! They look great... i really should make a pansy picture for my mother... shed make a big AWWWWWW sound
hehe these look really nice though
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Oooh yeah! She'd love it. Maybe get a large print of your best one for her when you do?
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greyday19 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007   Digital Artist
good idea. I've been looking at your new stuff BTW... very nice!
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
Thank you!
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skullmage550 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Neat! I am looking forward to see more paintings from you! :D
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Thanks!
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UnCadavreExquis Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
So pretty :) very interesting colours!
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Thank you! I love the transparent colours most of all.
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UnCadavreExquis Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
I like almost all colours, but the ones you chose are very classical, I love them : ]
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Thank you! I know the feeling -- if I do a quiz or a meme and they ask "What is your favourite colour?" I have to answer "All of them." In one painting I can choose colours for that subject in that light in that painting, but it will be different for every one of them. I used to hate beige and brown -- but my Ari cat is all beige and brown and he is so beautiful!
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UnCadavreExquis Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Thats right :] I wasn't a big fan of yellow myself, until I met my girlfriend, who wore yellow clothes all the time. Hehe
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Hehehe, there's another one. I used to hate yellow, but then I started seeing it in context with black eyed susans and some other flowers and liked it.
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