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For Peonies Faith, I continued with the refined value technique which I'd developed while painting Morpho rhetenor congeal. The result is a Rembrandtesque aesthetic with strong tones, noticeable brush strokes and striking value contrasts. I finished the painting off with colored glazes utilizing a new color Quinacridone Rose from Michael Harding, which imparted a wonderful pink hue over the grisaille underpainting.
Peonies Faith was indeed an act of faith in that it took me over a month of patient application of precisely placed, small brush strokes of varying values in order to achieve the result I was seeking. I feel it is my most mature work to date, and embodies my goal of creating beauty in art, while it also displays aspects of the sublime.
The final two image show Peonies Faith in suggested environments. Shown approximate size in virtual environments.