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Monday, June 26, 2017

Back of the Garden

I am getting paintings ready for a solo show at the Memphis Botanic Gardens in August. Most of the paintings I show on Daily paintworks are 11x 14 or smaller. For this show I needed some larger ones so I have been busy.It takes a little adjustment to move to painting larger but not difficult to do. The same principles of design apply to both. The main difference is just larger brushes!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Fine by Me

No matter what I paint I always come back to flowers. I remember when I was in the eighth grade and painting flowers on wooden and metal boxes, actually anywhere I could find. You will have to remember that was in the late '60's- flower power and all that love. I am not good at growing things, not good at botany terms but painting flowers is my thing! I feel totally at peace and comfortable when standing in front of an easel with some flowers to paint. Lucky girl!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Transformation

i used to be afraid of painting glass; it just seemed to be too complicated. I finally got brave and discovered I really loved it. This particular jar was calling my name! The complex changes between the blue and the aqua as the light came through was exciting. I know , I am easily entertained.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Minute by Minute

We  stay at the same beach house every year. The furnishings change from time to time but most have been the same over the last 12  years. On our day of departure we always leave very early to avoid the trafgic. As I was checking for any items that were left behind I noticed this basket with very nice silk peonies. I guess I had seen them before but not realized how interesting the basket was. So I took time to take some photographs of it before we got in the car to head for home. I painted this view of it as soon as I could after I got home. Moral the story; always be on the lookout for beauty right under your nose!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Color Choice

i painted this one a few months ago but forgot about it. Things have been busy around here with preparing for our beach vacation , going on it and unpacking when we got home. I remember my mother would take all kinds of things from her kitchen when she went . I remember thinking that she doesn't need to do that; we could just eat out.The night before the trip she and my father would have the drama of packing it all into the car. I have now become my motner! The beach house that we rent has an equipped kitchen but I end up taking knives, waffle maker, margarita machine, etc. I also hate to leave the beautiful view we have of the Gulf so my husband and I rately eat out when we are down there.Other family members do go out but often are disappointed in the touristy restaurants. We have friends who live near beach who have directed us to some good local restaurants for when we DO decide to eat out when there.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Expecting You

I am the first to admit that I don'tenjoy drawing or painting buildings. Measuring and perspective are just not fun to me. I do like parts of houses though.A porch, a window or a doorway are the perfect complement to the flowers I love. (Stress free!)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Purple Wall

Sometimes a pot of flowers can be a little ordinary so I try to think of something to spice up the painting.The original background for this was just a gray wall. By adding the lovely lilac and aqua color the overall effect is very pleasing.

Friday, June 9, 2017

INSPIRATION

Today is the last day of our beach vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama. This is our 11th year in the same beach house.Our family has grown to 19 people. It is a wonderful time for cousins to get to know each other well and bring up funny stories from the past between siblings. It is also a way  my husband and I to enjoy the results of all the years.
Back to painting next week!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Back Patio

I like to paint a little vignette as opposed to a panoramic view. Also I like nature added to some manmade things as a composition. This painting has the perfect combination of that, the flowers and the patio furniture complement each other.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Garden Party

Green is a tricky color. The color that comes out of the tube is usually artificial. The best greens
are made from mixing yellow and blue.I like to show a variety of greens from cool to warm. One of my favorite colors is one named Carribean Blue. It adds some excitement to a mostly green subject.

Monday, May 22, 2017

London Flowers

Although London is a big city, there are always flowers around. It seems like every street has places selling flowers and there are countless gardens and homes showcasing flowers. Maybe because the weather is always oomy, flowers are so important to the people there.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bountiful

i enjoyed painting this vase of flowers. I seemed to go back to watercolor techniques in this one.I so admire photorealistic paintings but know that is just not my style. So I will continue on my painting journey doing what is comfortable for me!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

White Blooms

I tend  to paint a lot of white flowers. I think it is because we most often think of bright colors for flowers but I like how many different colors can be found in a "white" flower. Sometimes the extra color is a true color; like a pink striping in a white tulip. Most often though it is a matter of lighting, whether sunlight or indoor lighting. These flowers take pattern to a whole new level.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Porch Play

i took a photo of these little girls in Mississippi many years ago. Tney were playing with toys and dress up clothes on a porch in a neighborhood near the college I attended.Even though it was a long time ago, the image is contemporary as there are still countless little girls playing on a hot summer afternoon.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spirit

in a small (6x6) painting the drama has to be something other than size. These pots of flowers could be ordinary; no exotic blooms. The trick is in the lighting and color to create the drama. By emphasizing the dark and light of the pots, The flowers take on a more interesting personality.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ford First

i don't often paint vehicles but I noticed this old truck when we delivered Meals on Wheels.It belongs  to the client's son and it is his pride and joy.I don't  know much about trucks but I have a feeling this one is pretty special. I like the yellow and red in the painting.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bird Vase

I am fond of  Asian blue and white vases. Not only the expensive rare ones but any that is found at a gift shop.Which  is a good thing because I couldn't afford the real thing! A flower arrangement takes on an elevated status when in one of these beauties. There are hundreds of different designs, ranging from realistic depiction of villages to more abstract designs.Painting  these is art within art!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Moonlight Garden

I didn't really start this painting as a night scene. As I painted I realized my color choices were on the cool side so I changed course. I think it makes the painting a little more unique. There is something exciting about the cool violets.

Monday, May 1, 2017

My Garden Blooms

i don't have a lot of flowers planted in my yard but I do have a few favorites. The purple iris were transplanted years ago from my parents' home in Mississippi. The tulips are planted each winter to bring some much needed spring and the daffodils are faithful to come back every year. These are some I picked and brought into the house. I always hate to see them fade as the week goes by. But there is always next year.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

In The Light

I have been fascinated with tulips since I was a child drawing on any spare paper I could find. I am sure I started with the typical zigzag representation but soon morphed into a more artistic version. I am still striving to find  the perfect tulip painting. Of course If I did that means I would have to stop; where is the fun in that?

Friday, April 28, 2017

She Loves Me

when I taught elementary school I might give an assignment to draw a vase of flowers. Invariably students would draw a vase, several straight lines with separate flowers. I encouraged them to look at a real vase of flowers and observe how the flowers were arranged in masses. The daisy picture above has individual flowers but they are all connected. They are differentiated by edges of petals, greenery and shadows and highlights. Although in a mass our brain sees individual flowers.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Summer Porch

I painted this watercolor some years ago.It hopefully conveys what a warm summer afternoon on a southern porch would be like. It ends up almost a primary color scheme minus the yellow.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Still Life

A few years ago I was one of a few who were asked to illustrate a church cookbook. One of my sections to illustrate was  a section on vegetables. I did several arrangements and this was one of my favorites i guess because I was able to sneak in some flowers!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

FULL DISCLOSURE

I remember all those years ago when Earth Day began. It had a kind of hippie like vibe; seems like everything back then did. I admit I wasn't always  aware of  how important it was. As I have grown older I  realize how much we need to take care of the earth. I now am so much more awed by the beauty of flowers and trees. I am lucky to live conveniently near the city with all of its conveniences but suburban enough to hear birds outside my windows and see squirrels scampering up and down trees.Flowers still excite me and am so blessed to be able to paint what I love.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sunflower Surprise

I used to think there was just one kind of sunflower- the stereotypical large yellow petaled , huge dark brown centered flower of illustrations. I now know of all the varieties. These sunflowers are the milder cousins to those showy flowers. Of course they have as much impact, just a little quieter, introverts!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Crowd Surfing

This is a detail from a larger painting. My favorite thing about the piece and also the larger painting is the relationship between all the colors. The aqua surface beneath the pots is a perfect color to show off the flowers. I could say it was all a perfect plan but sometimes the colors are a trial and error. This time I got it right first try. Lucky!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Old Fashioned Peonies

this watercolor painting of peonies was done a while ago in a class I took in Pennsylvania . The instructor brought in fresh flowers to class each time. It was a pleasure to paint such beauty.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

White Wall

This is a small(6x6) painting of some geraniums in an enamel pot. It brings back memories to me of being a young child visiting my aunt who was quite a bit older than my mother.There were several kitchen pans like this one.She lived out in the country and even had an outhouse although she did eventually get an indoor toilet! It was kind of exotic to me but of course I only visited in the summer . I am sure I would have a different opinion if I had to visit the outhouse on a cold night.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Blue Bowl

This is another painting  from the Karen O'Neil workshop in Woodstock ,N.Y last August.She had several still life arrangements set up around the studio and I was drawn to this beautiful glass bowl. It was a little intimidating but I knew I could always wipe it and start over if I needed to. That is the beauty of oil painting vs. watercolor. When I exclusively did watercolors it was hard to remedy a mistake. An important part of painting is observation. I took a long time to look at the bowl. It is amazing how many different colors and shapes are involved in this one  object. Carol  Marine gave some advice in another workshop to not fall in love with your artwork. This one hadn't sold yet on dailypaintworks but I don't mind keeping it around the studio. Something about that blue glass speaks to me .

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Charleston Market

My long time friends and I went to Charleston for a girls trip a few years ago.we had a great time in this picturesque city. The market there is very lively and colorful. I noticed this woman intently marking prices on the produce she was selling.She seemed to be the epitome of the strong matriarch .
A striking subject matter for sure..