Oil on Canvas 90cmx120cm

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I gravitate to Monet’s painting of Irises whenever I visit the Met. There is something in the loose style, on such a large canvas that captivates.

With blue irises in season,  I decided to brave a larger canvas, with a focus on the architectural character of the flowers.

An under painting of equal amounts of raw and burnt sienna with white to allow for the loose painting in blues and purples. A touch of carmine, with lemon yellow touches in the petals and stems.

I have a fear of Phthalo blue that I find dominates the painting. Again I found it overpowering where I tried to increase the blue value of the flowers.

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