Monday, April 12, 2010

Gerbera Daisy ACEO Original Colorful Painting by K Joann Russell

"Gerbera Daisy Gift"
3.5 x 2.5" acrylic on watercolor paper ACEO

Using deep magenta, red violet, and a turquoise I painted this unusual "pose" of a Gerbera Daisy flower. Some of the many petals turned in a side view showing the contrast of the light striking on the under side of the petals versus the darker center and petals in shadow. I selected this color in the daisy knowing the challenge to paint the intense color without becoming garish. Yes, it was a challenge, but so much fun.

The interesting part of this post is the story behind the daisy. A local florist, Rogue River Florist, 541-476-8831, advertised a free daisy as a promo for their opening under new ownership. When the former owner was selling the business I happened to see their shop and location and thought how sad to lose another local business to hard times, especially a place where lovely flowers and unique gifts were available.

When I read about the new owner, Tracy Dooley, who had re-established other failing floral shops in California, I was so glad to hear of someone who could see a brighter future for this small town in a depressed area of high unemployment and real estate foreclosures. When I stopped in to select my gift daisy I was delighted with beautiful displays of floral arrangements, some artificial ones that begged to be touched to see if they were real, and refrigerated colorful fresh flowers. And the background music was tasteful, a complement to the floral colors.

In addition, it was so pleasant to be welcomed by a sales person really genuinely friendly and customer service oriented. She offered a greenery to go with my daisy and wrapped them carefully including a color coordinated ribbon. What a special way to introduce a "new" business to town. Can you tell I was impressed?


Anonymous said...

Like the composition here very much! As well as the colors...Good work.

K Joann Russell said...

Thank you for the compliments. Yes, I wanted something different from the tried 'n true frontal approach to daisies.


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