Monthly Archives: December 2009

Incandescence WIP2

Incandescence – 18 x 24 inches – acrylic on wood panel – reserved for Mayberry

Now on to one of the softly glowing trees. Set against a background of burgandy and pumpkin, the yellows and purples in the trunk really do seem lit from within…

I had originally planned this to be a 12 x 16 inch painting, but once I started the sketch I realized that it needed to be bigger. And maybe 18 x 24 isn’t big enough either! :)

Incandescence trees forest dark purple autumn day by Mandy Budan.

Incandescence trees forest dark purple autumn day by Mandy Budan.

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Incandescence WIP1

Incandescence – 18 x 24 inches – acrylic on wood panel – reserved for Mayberry

We were walking though the woods a few weeks ago, looking for hidden tupperware containers of tiny bounty (geocaching – lol) when I came upon these trees – aspens I’m pretty sure.

And they were just glowing! On fire but with a delicate pale light. Bereft of leaves, stark against the dark slates and rusts of the background forest, these trees stood softly lit from within. The afternoon was gray and sunless and yet here they were, glowing. Wow. A mute reminder of why I paint…

trees forest aspen autumn landscape by Mandy Budan

trees forest aspen autumn landscape by Mandy Budan

Cleome – Done

Cleome – 9 x 12 inches – acrylic on wood – commission

This was great fun to paint. I loved bisecting the painting surface with bright thin pinks and purples and then echoing that in the background greens. And the delightful flowers bursting forth from the center of the plant provide a soft counterpoint to the more angular shapes in the rest of the painting. :)

Cleome flower abstract painting by Mandy Budan

Cleome flower abstract painting by Mandy Budan

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Cleome – WIP 1

Cleome – 9 x 12 inches – acrylic on wood – commission

I’d never seen these flowers before being commissioned to paint one. (My favourite part about commissions is the opportunity to paint something I wouldn’t have thought of on my own.) This plant is also called a’ spider flower’ or ‘grandfather’s whiskers’. :) Delicate petals in pinks and purples are offered up on long thin spikes. This is a very airy and delicate-looking plant and I think I need some in my garden next year!

cleome spider flower abstract painting green and purple

cleome spider flower abstract painting green and purple

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Reflections – Done

Reflections – 24 x 24 – Acrylic on Wood – Reserved for Mayberry Fine Art

Reflections is now finished. The quiet purples and greens and grays complement the more vibrant foliage in the tree overlooking the water. The reflections are more intellectual than physical, but there are enough of both kinds I think. :)

abstract landscape contemporary painting reflections by Mandy Budan

abstract landscape contemporary painting reflections by Mandy Budan

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Reflections – WIP 7

Reflections – 24 x 24 – Acrylic on Wood – Reserved for Mayberry Fine Art

Ooh I’m nearly done! I have completed all the darker reflections and just have to finish up the lighter bits of the lake. The shapes in the water seem to be jostling each other, overlapping and intertwining, never keeping still. I want to explore some more bodies of water I think! :)

abstract landscape painting tree river fall contemporary

abstract landscape painting tree river fall contemporary

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