Saturday, March 17, 2012

Orchids by Jeanne d'Arc Gaudet

I have seen a few floral paintings over the years that have impressed me, and Jeanne d'Arc's 'Orchids', belongs in this group. Its painted in oils on canvas and its 18"x 24" in size. And to the regret of many readers, I have to tell you that it has been sold. (it could likely have been sold several times over).

Not being particularly knowledgeable about floral, photo realism, I contacted  Texas artist friend, WF (Bill) Martin who is a premier floral artist  from Glendale Arizona, and who has won many honours for his work including first prize in the Arizona State Fair.

When Bill looked at Jeanne d'Arc's, Orchids he immediately exclaimed, "I really appreciate that painting."

When I invited Bill to comment on the work he was quick to say,"Well, for one thing, I like the dimensionality of it, that has been created by selectively and gradually blurring the background as it recedes from the center of interest--the flower." He went on to say, "I also appreciate the lower-chroma colors, especially in the background", and The flower seems to pop right up from the canvas. There is also a strange, subtle sense of color harmony, created by the careful "scattering" of the lavenders around the painting."
Now these words come from one of the best photo realist floral artists in the States.

Speaking personally, I like the way Jeanne d'Arc, created an out of focus backdrop for her subject.  This compels the viewer to focus upon the subject and the contrast between the two heightens the impact of the work.

No wonder Canadians are taking notice of Jeanne d'Arc Gaudet.  I have a feeling that it won't be long before she is nationally recognized for her art.

Please click here to visit Bills' site.

Please click here to visit Jeanne d'Arc's website and to see her many other works.

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