Friday, 6 May 2011

My Rare One, the Artiste

About a year ago, My Rare One took up painting for the first time. She started with acrylics but then switched to oils at the behest of her teacher. I think she's doing marvelously well at it. This is her latest painting. The first photo doesn't really do it justice, but the second one with the detail of the doorway shows much better how she captured the sunlight pouring through it from inside the walled garden.


It reminds me of that classic children's book, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which was one of my favourites growing up.


This painting is now in my office at work so I can see it every day!

[Photos and Painting © My Rare One 2011]

41 comments:

Judy said...

Yes, looks like she's doing beautifully...always wanted to paint...

turquoisemoon said...

Oh my...very good!

Suzie said...

Wow! She has a wonderful eye!! Techniques can be taught, but how you see things is inborn. .she has been given a gift, and I'm so happy to see her enjoying it! I would love to see more of her work!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i have been painting my whole life and i am not even close to being this good.....damn!

DEZMOND said...

who is Your Rare One? :)
I love the painting especially the shades and colours and light!

Snap said...

Gorgeous!

Francie said...

Very magical! Did my heart good to wake up and see such a doorway. Oh to walk into that garden!

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

That's one talented lady, your Rare One. Stunning detail for someone so "young" to her art. Big pat on the back (and a large glass of wine) methinks!

Twain12 said...

what a lovely painting, definitely something i would hang in my house, the garden looks inviting

Missy said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. Before i read the poat i saw the picture of the painting and my first thought was, The Secret Garden. I love that book. And its an amazing peice of work. Wow. i only wish you were in toronto i would fight you over that.

Linda in New Mexico said...

The painting realy is wonderful. I dodn't know if I'd get alot of work done pondering what more is in that garden. I love paintings like that that invite you to think.....more.
Have a great weekend, The Olde Bagg

mxtodis123 said...

Absolutely gorgeous. So magical. Wish I had that talent.
Mary

Cinner said...

Deb that is a beautiful painting, love the secret garden feel. Just the thing to make me smile. have a great weekend. take care.

LaelShine said...

I want to step through that door. Its lovely! I think of The Secret Garden too:)

BugginWord said...

*blink, blink*

She's only been painting a year?!? Jealous. It's STUNNING.

Beatnheart said...

Lovely work by MROne....Thank you so much for your visit and kind words of support on the opening of my Etsy shop...your friendship here means so much to me.

Kathy said...

Beautiful. Gosh, I just can't think of anything better to say but it's really, really good.

Tricky Nag said...

I so badly want to walk through that door with a book and a cool drink.

Crystalrainbow said...

oh sigh sigh so talented ........... i wish i was half as good ;0 its stunningly beautiful xxx

Lois said...

I thought of The Secret Garden as soon as I saw the first photo! Beautiful! I need some art in my office. Lois

Misty Boston said...

so pretty!!! :)

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

This is so beautiful, talented

knitwit said...

Oh my god!!! I also started painting about a year ago. Mine don't look like that. Amazing!

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

rare one is very talented..I are green with envy..to have such talent ...

laurie said...

this is beautiful the color and light are just lovely.Thankyou for your visit today and I do remember the carnations,, they would be forsale in the grocery stores as well,, have a wonderful weekend,,

LauraX said...

Oh the light is magnificent!

Sarita Rucker said...

That is so pretty! :)

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is one talented gal!!! So glad she took it up. I'd say that she was meant to do so.

Gentle hugs,
~♥~

Rue said...

Oh my gosh - this is REALLY good! Way to go Rare One! I love the depth in it - all of it, really - but I do admire people who can create depth in a picture.

I'm very depth-less when it comes to art. Or, more accurately, talent-less. Giggle. Just give me a trowel and a spade instead.

Cora said...

Holy moly!! She rocks!!

mistress maddie said...

I would say she is very good for a starter painter! That is so beautiful! I used to paint free hand from scratch, but you never could tell what the hell it was. Someone would have probably paid good money for them! Maybe I'll try again.

theviolethourmuse said...

Oooooo....I love the Secret Garden....such a rich imagery for in inner squirrel.

aliceinparis said...

What a beautiful painting! Magical:) Your "Rare One" has "rare" talent!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I have one word.....

WOW!!!!

Exceptional....okay, that was two.

XXOO~~
Anne

laughingwolf said...

well done, d o :)

Jeanne said...

An absolutely fantastic painting! The composition and light/shadows are wonderful! I can see this painting being hung in a gallery. I do hope you'll share more work. :0)

Cameron said...

GOod GHU, thats FABULOUS!!! I mean that...seriously! As an artist, I know what I am seeing and what it took to do that kind of subtle lighting with oil paint! Definitely the sense of walking through into something bigger and beyond mortal earth in this...there is a inter-dimensional quality to the light, a breath of Faerie, or of Narnia...you tell your rare one that she has Talent and to PLEASE continue to develop it! Y'all are just both so amazing every time I turn around...wow!

Lynette Killam said...

That is amazing, Debra! Your Fine One has tremendous talent...the subtle and luminous light she has captured here is just wonderful, and such illustration of depth. I immediately thought of The Secret Garden, too...would still like a secret garden myself.

Hope you've both had a wonderful weekend...:)

Gill said...

Im with you on the book, i loved it when i was young too

Donna B said...

Lucky you getting to gaze upon such lovliness each day. Your "rare one" has great talent indeed!

Invisible Carmen Miranda said...

Your Rare One is super talented. Lovely!!