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chinese lantern flower (12" X 12"), march 2007
the original image for this painting was a photograph of mine take in our garden last year (of an abutilon flower). this painting took the longest of all my paintings to finish.
i began working on it in november 2006 and did not finish it until march 2007.
why did it take so long? layers. and layers. and layers. the brick in the painting is crushed brick from the garden that i basically made brick back out of on the canvas.; the flower itself is a lot of oil paint on top of more oil paint and the flower itself extends up off the canvas about 1/4th of an inch. most of the leaves in the piece are real leaves from the abutilon tree in our garden.