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Friday, October 20, 2017

Summer Splash

I am back to the Mason jars and flowers!
These flowers look straight out of a summer garden and of course the mason jar is the perfect place to put them. Someone once asked  how do uou pInt glass. I was intimidated when I first tried but I soon realized it is about just painting the different shapes that I see. It all just comes together , especially when I add the white highlights at the end.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Training Day

i like painting flowers in containers like pots and vases but there is also great beauty in the flowers in a natural setting such  as in a field or meadow.the shapes are important because the individual flowers make interesting patterns.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

On the Fence

Lately I have been admiring some beautiful abstract paintings online. I am blown away by the beautiful colors and shapes. Often I hear people talking about abstract paintings by saying that a 5 year old could do that. Of course abstracts are really difficult to do.This painting is my attempt to be more abstract. You can still tell it is a fence, maybe after a few more in a series the fence may disappear all together!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Personal Space

I like painting flowers close to a window because of the lighting. These geraniums are set so that the outdoors through the window come across as negative spaces.Natural light is first choice because of the softness.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Stake Your Claim

i have been so excited doing a series of garden and meadow paintings. I guess it is a way of painring landscapes combined with flowers. I can't abandon flowers cold turkey-- which of course I would never do anyway.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Way Down

I painted this and 3 others with similar colors in preparation for a large commission. The person who commissioned the big painting definitely wanted an abstract feel to it. Turned out to be fun to paint just concentrating on the shapes; not worrying about each petal.

Monday Magic

This painting is 36x36 inches and creates a pretty big impact. In this case the impact is more about design and value instead of color.Stretched gallery wrapped canvas makes it ready to hang without an additional frame.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Flower Story

I really loved painting this one.When I started it out it was pleasant enough;a little more pastel. I went to a Margaret Martin workshop in Naples Florida. She told us to always paint interesting subject matter, that if the artist is not moved by it the viewer won't be either.
This painting is pretty much imagination. I had the flowers for reference but took off from there.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

See You in September

The weather this past week has been glorious here in Memphis. Low humidity and mild temps has made it possible to go for pleasant walks every evening  while the sun is still out. This painting is  like the scenery I have been seeing backlit by the setting sun. A perfect September sight!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Story Book Blues

This landscape painting reminded me of the old Golden Books we read as children with the golden spines.Something  about the painting seems to be waiting for some book characters to make their way into the scenery. High drama  or the Poky Puppy!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Garden Joy

This is a version of a painting I did earlier that had colors that were more spring and summer like.I changed it to colors that were more colors that are found in autumn.I love the snapshot of flowers whatever the color.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Select Blue

Always a favorite, these blue hydrangeas are enhanced by the beautiful aqua pottery planter. I am remembering that the color of the original planter was an ugly mud color so I took the option of changing the color. I love aqua and blue together; they are such good neighbors!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Queen Anne's Lace

Apparently I have become obsessed with painting meadows. Especially those with flowers in them.I love the transitions of green from yellow green to blue green, even adding gray to some of the greens to make the colors more neutral. The bright flowers add a pop to the scene.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Stand for Something

I love buckets of flowers. Buckets are so plain and utilitarian. Farming and milking cows comes to mind. I am glad they have a use as a container of beauty.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Peonies Please

This is a small 6x6 oil painting that was done some months ago and I misplaced it! I finally found it and am glad to post it. I am not the most organized of artists but usually can find everything when I need it but I realize I do need an organizer . Probably won't happen , although I do have a few friends who are qualified!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Cottage Garden

This painting is the third in the garden series(30x40). This was a delight in painting negative spaces; one of my favorite things to do. I started with the flowers and ended with the green leaves and stems.I love the change from blue green to yellow green in the foliage.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wildflowers

This painting is another that is currently in the show at Botanic Gardens for the month of August.I have arenewed interest in painting this type of garden paintings. It is a chance to paint very intuitively;a pure pleasure.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Treat Me Well

Lighting makes a big difference in a painting. One of my favorite lighting sources is back lighting. It seems to create a glow in the paintiing when the shadow is in the front of the objects and the light peeks out from behind. It makes for built in drama.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

FRESH START

I recently painted some larger (30x40) wildflower paintings for a show. I enjoyed doing those but my greatest pleasure is focusing in on a close up view. I like the negative spaces and the way the shapes relate to each other in a small format. Love my job!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Ms.Larsen at the Botanic Garden

Ms. Ellen Larsen is a friend of ours that we met through delivering Meals on Wheels.She is a delightful , sharp and witty lady. She doesn't drive anymore because of an eye problem. She was unable to come to my art opening reception so we took her to see it on Wednesday. We had a good time and a lovely lunch at the restaurant at the Botanic Garden.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Matchless

I tend to paint a lot of white flowers. I think that is because of the contrast the color brings into the painting. It can't help but be dramatic. Garden scenes are my favorite; the compositionworks out always because of the shapes and colors seem to always have a harmonious relationship.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Red Poppies

The theme of my art show at the Botanic Garden was Garden- Indoor/ Outdoor. I painted several garden style paintings. This one is 30 x 40 inches and is an impression of a wildflower garden. It was fun to paint; I just intuitively arranged the flowers on the canvas, connecting them with a muted green background.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Cool Summer

There are warm whites and there are cool whites.These are definitely cool; with a touch of blue in the white. The purples are a little warm for balance, although being cool is in style!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Intercontinental Love


Sometimes there are things that you can only see in one part of the world . Fortunately tulips are found in many countries. Carolus Clusius is one of those responsible  for the spread of tulip bulbs.He planted tulips at the Vienna Imperial Botanical Gardens
in 1573, He did a lot of research and major work on tulips and made note of the variations in color. Tulips originated in Turkey then imported into Holland.Clusius' book helped make them popular.
However they started I am glad they made it here!

Monday, July 31, 2017

What's Going On?

A useful tool I have found for painting is an app that turns photos into a value study. The colors are depicted as varying shades of gray with black and white. It helps you decidevif there is enough contrast in your photo or sketch BEFORE you paint or to check your painting AFTER finishing  to see if there is enough contrast.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Crunch Time


i am getting ready for my solo show at Memphis Botanic Garden.I will hang the show on Tuesday of next week. Final preparations include adding wire to the back of the paintings and often applying a coat of Gamvar; a type of varnish. It is too late to have an inspired idea for one more painting because it wouldn't be dry in time. It will be good; just glad when it is on the walls.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

HAPPY PLACE

There are a million ways to approach painting hydrangeas.I have seen some beautful super realism renderings with every petal and water droplet shown. I admire that kind of art but tend toward the impressionist tradition.There is no right or wrong way to make art. It has to come from the heart.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Botanic Garden Art Show


I am fortunate to have been asked to exhibit my paintings at the Memphis Botanic Garden for the month of August. The reception is Sunday afternoon August 6 at 3:00-5:00 p.m. Needless to say I have been busy!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dearly Delighted

this simple arrangement seems to whisper despite some pretty bold colors. The neutrals help pull it off. I think of neutral colors as the stage hands, set builders, lighting guys, etc. of the production we know as a painting. The diva stars are those bright colors who are  stars who need the neutrals to succeed.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Perspective

The title of my art show in August is - Garden- Indoor/Outdoor. Some of my paintings are interiors with flowers and some are outdoor flowers. This one  is a landscape but with wildflowers in the foreground. Imseem to sneak in some flowers as often as I can!