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Creating Beauty and Sharing New Peony Art…

Beauty, grace and refinement are the qualities I explore when painting sublime peony art.  The idea of sharing the art with you creates a wonderful sense of excitement as I paint each new piece. I imagine how delighted you’ll be to take in the colours while imagining scents and perceiving the movement within the painting.  Is there anything else that elevates the quality of our lives in the way art does?

(artwork above:  “Peony Impressions #2 o/c, 24″ x 24″ (work in process))

“Peony Impressions #1” o/c, 18″ x 18″ (available within 2 weeks)

“Peony Impressions #2” (details)

The Values/Grey Scale for “Peony Impressions #2” painting…

Peony Impressions #2 The Values

( Move the slider to see the grey scale; it depicts the values I achieved within the artwork. )

I Love Drama in ART…

The new peony art (above) is still gentle at this stage; working with values is a very conscious activity, so the drama is yet to come.  Evident in the under paintings below, the trick is to not loose the drama as I become excited with all the new pigments and play while brushing colour and light against the canvas.  Bridling my enthusiasm will correct this,…eventually…I’m sure, 😉

Painting blooms is lots of fun. Peonies are especially lovely and generously offer many opportunities to create gorgeous arrangements that beautify the intimate universe, your home, your life.  As a painter, I feel I can explore the peony’s personality liberally and still arrive with a composition that is very much about the essence of this bloom while creating peony art.  They are gorgeous…peonies represent all that is beautiful in our world…simultaneously strong and delicate, light but dramatic, moving but serene.

An eventful 5 years in my artistic progress…

“Peony Impressions #1” o/c, 18″ x 18″ (available within 2 weeks)

This year has been outstanding for my artistic progress in that it pulled together 5 years of exploration.  The painting above, Peony Impressions #1 is a testament to the journey.  Three years ago I left a full time job to focus on my artwork.  I’ll be very frank, it’s been a struggle…until now. 

“Peony Impressions #1” painting (details)

Values/ Grey Scale for the “Peony Impressions #1” Oil Painting Pallet

The change of professional environment three years ago began the slow transition of my artwork. Much of my content was focused on figures related to a design career and I had begun to anticipate new opportunities regarding future art.  My focus had shifted slightly toward portrait two years earlier; I also desired freshness in my pallet and application… and so experimented… in a sense moving back to the beginning, exploring stronger, pure and more intensely hued pigments.  I needed to relax and paint simple, beautiful objects and ideas…and did.  It was a strange time, with many odd looks from folks… reading disapproval on their faces, I  sensed they thought me lost….oh well…  As artists, sometimes we have to work our way through these things and forget about what other people think.

A 2013 workshop in Italy with David Jon Kassan provided an opportunity to observe and practice his technique for portrait painting.  Application to portraits I’d created after the workshop while considering the use of light, drama, values etc. provided me with some success in consequent artwork.  This is where the shift in my content began.  The spring 2018 workshop in Santa Fe was given by The Artist’s Guild with David A. Leffell, Sherri McGraw and Jacqueline Kamin.  Two exhibitions, Dollard Centre for the Arts “Inside Out” Exhibition and The Women’s Art Society Annual Exhibition were followed by exploration of a new painting technique throughout the summer. A fantastic business and mindset retreat at the UPLevel Live Event in North Carolina, September rounded out this years activities so far.  Wow, so exciting, so wonderful.

During the summer I followed a course, The Peony Universe, with Dennis Perrin.  Perrin is a truly gifted artist; his work is exquisite, use of light, colour, composition etc. are marvellous; and his instructions are thorough. This opportunity allowed me to freely explore yet another fresh pallet, perspectives and techniques complimenting those I’d been exposed to in the Italy and Santa Fe workshops.  All these activities have greatly nurtured my present art.

Inspiration for my Artwork…

I have a few very favourite artists…Klimt, Degas, Renoir,…others to be sure, Vuillard is my most beloved; but I adore Rose Hilton’s art.  I believe that Hilton’s lovely fauve quality, the drama, simplicity, glorious use of colour and structure yet great sense of freedom form a style uniquely hers.  A chance visit to Messums in London many years ago provided me with an opportunity to see a Rose Hilton exhibition…it was fabulous.  I remember how it made me feel, so refreshed.  It’s had an impact on me and over the years I often look for opportunities to infuse my work with elements that could convey this feeling.  Below is an example of Rose Hilton’s artwork; can you see her influence on my creations?

Artist:  Rose Hilton

Title:  “Morning Swim” Oil on canvas, [121.9 x 91 cm]

Tell me a little about yourself…

Are you an artist, art lover, art collector? … I’d love to know a little about you, your passion for art and what you enjoy about my posts and the new collection of “Peony Impression” paintings.   Be sure to share your thoughts in the comment section below or email me:  Feel free to forward this post to friends and family.  I hope you enjoyed this “Peony Impressions” post and wish you a lovely Fall 2018 season.





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Capturing light to render it’s effects is one reason Roxanne loves to create art. Preferred subjects for her oil paintings are the human form, florals in their environment, still life including teacups and satin bows, skyscapes and hot air balloons. Her current focus is the figure in portrait painted with a view to expressing emotion by capturing light and rendering it’s effects. With a painting career spanning 20 years, Roxanne completed her Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in 1998.  An exhibitor in numerous group and solo exhibitions, Roxanne’s original artwork has won several awards, hangs in collections internationally and has been published in Magazine. A finalists in the 2008 fine art competition Roxanne’s painting L’Habilleuse was featured in the November 2009 issue of The Artist’s Magazine’s Competition Spotlight. Roxanne is currently developing a body of work for exhibition in 2019. Spring 2018 she attended an art workshop given by David A. Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Jacqueline Kaman of The Artists Guild in Santa Fe. Roxanne traveled to Italy in 2013 to attend artist David Jon Kassan’s workshop at the JSS in Civita Castellana.


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Peony 2 oil painting

Peony #2 oil painting by artist Roxanne Dyer.

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Beauty, grace and refinement are the qualities Roxanne Dyer explores when painting the sublime peony.  Peonies are especially lovely and generously offer many opportunities to create gorgeous arrangements that beautify the intimate universe, your home, your life.  Roxanne explores the peony’s personality liberally and arrives with a composition that is very much about the essence of “the peony”.  They are gorgeous…they represent all that is beautiful in our world…simultaneously strong and delicate, light but dramatic, moving but serene.  This image is based on Roxanne’s original oil painting titled “Peony Impressions #1” Click on this link to visit the “Peony Impressions” Art Print Collection  All printed products are made to order of the finest materials available and delivered to your door. Accessories/ frame etc. not included. (shipping included) Enjoy!