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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Right OneComes Along

A  few weeks ago my husband and I went to my sister’s house for dinner. She has some Knock Out rose bushes and this year they have just taken off. They are just truly beautiful; I see  where the name comes from! There are more paintings to come.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Welcome Wagon 2

As always I am partial to the close up view. I painted this  and it seemed that something was
missing in the composition. I found a stencil and added a pattern to the foreground and voila
Exactly what the painting needed!One of the most important things I make sure I have whe n I finish a painting is. Tobe sure that I have a good balance of dark, medium and light values;usually in an unequal balance.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Crack the Code

Paintings like this remind me of putting together a puzzle. All of the separate colors in the flowers come together and make up the whole blooms of the flowers; they just have to be put in the right order.There are many shades of purple that equal the whole of the purple flowers- same thing for the magenta and pink blooms. The only difference is that at the end of the painting it can’t be undone and started over the way a puzzle can be .

Monday, May 7, 2018

Misty Garden

Atmosphere is one of the harder things to paint in my opinion.Mostly it is fog or mist that I am trying to create in my paintings.This painting is of a garden early in the morning shrouded in a mist with a gray sky.Hopefully I was able to portray that feeling of moisture on the flowers.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Love and Happiness

There is an Al  Green song named “ Love and Happiness” that I was reminded of after painting this painting. I love all of his music. He is from Memphis where I live and is a pastor of a church here. He still appears in concerts here occasionally and has not lost any of that spectacular voice that won him so many accolades in the 1970’s. The light high key colors of this painting seem to carry us away with thoughts of happiness , at least for a while!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Just for Kicks

White  tulips are a favorite of mine to paint. There is an automatic contrast withe the white and other values in the painting. Thee same thing occurs in nature when planting flowers. Planting white flowers in a garden guarantees a show stopper!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Shared a Moment

There  is something about the warm glowing colors of this painting that draws me in.Decorating seems to go in trends of colors. At one time mauve and blue were in style, the gold and rust, etc. I have found that I need to just paint what I want to and what appeals to me and everything will fall into place.
 I enjoyed creating the wallpaper in this painting- easier than actually putting up real wallpaper!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Friends of Mine

I practiced great restraint in this painting.The arrangement called out for delicate color and I have a tendency to want to add warm vibrant color. I was able to pull it off. I did have to lock it away from myself though!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

In The Long Run

My new favorite theme is the meadow painting. The wild flowers save the landscape from being boring. I just love making a kind of chain with the organic shapes of the flowers. They are connected and not connected at the same time.; kind of like shoppers on Fifth Avenue in New York City the Friday after Thanksgiving. They are alike because they are crowded together on the same street with the same purpose but they all go home to different homes at night and don’t have much else in common. You can tell I have an active imagination. It gets me in trouble sometime!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Wow Me

i have painted many  bouquets over the past years. Each time I start one I have every intention to paint exactly what I see but it never turns out that way.It is not because I don’t like what I see; it is just that the plan changes. Somehow I add a little more purple, move the yellow over to the right a little, etc. All the while I am consciously balancing the values, symmetry and contrast in the painting.
 I am also reading your mind right now. You are thinking that you might not want to eat blueberry muffins made by me since I might change the recipe too much! I only change the rules in painting- you are safe to eat my muffins!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Graduation

As I was painting this floral, it began to remind me of a group of students at a high school or college  graduation. Everyone is fresh and alert , full of hope for the future. At one of our daughter’s college graduation we had flown in straight from a business trip of my husband's in Hawaii. And I mean straight from the airport to the ceremony of a large university.I literally had to hold my eyelids open; fighting a severe case of jet lag!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Hankering

This is an 11x14 oil painting on panel. The title is one someone who is not from the south might not understand. It means “ a strong desire to have or do something”I have a strong hankering to paint flowers all the time” is something I might say. Or I might just as well have a hankering for a piece of chocolate cake. Both are pleasurable but only one causes weight gain.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

A Simple Thing

Interiors are a favorite of mine to paint. Beside the fact that there are no mosquitos and easy access to a bathroom there is climate control! Sunny days are of course the best. The light adds drama to the ordinary.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Conversations With Friends

This is a 36x36 inch painting on stretched canvas. It is the kind of painting that just evolved— the most fun kind of painting! I started with an underpainting of random colors in acrylic and painted in oils over those colors. I like how the colors underneath peek through as a surprise for the viewer— and for the artist too😋!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Que Sera Sera

Something about this painting seems a little French to me— it could be the subtle colors found in the whites. There is usually not a pure white in a paiing like this. So much of the color comes from light or shadow. In the case of flowers; the color can even be found in the petals of the flowers. If you look closely, many colors such as greens, pinks, purples and gray are visible.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Odds Are in your Favor

This painting remains much more subtle in color application. Although I love bright bold colors; this quiet painting carries a lot of impact. It could be called a “white “ painting but of course is so much more than pure white. My favorite part is the green tinged blooms.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Change Your Mind

This is from a new series of more abstract florals .I may have found something that I love more than any other way I have painted.The time spent has been so much fun that time passes by unnoticed.
Of course to get to this place has taken a lot of years of realism and attention to detail to be able to do this. Intuition rules!

Monday, April 2, 2018

WITH GREAT AFFECTION

i had the best time painting this floral painting. The reference was similar but it turned out very different by the time I had finished.Sometimes every now and then everything just goes right,rhis  was one of those times. The color choices worked out  to complement each other. Maybe I will give myself a raise!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Going Rogue

I started this painting as an impromptu demo at our local art league meeting. Our guest speaker had to cancel at the last minute and I am person in charge of speakers! I decided to demonstrate a technique used in a workshop I attended a few years ago.It involved using transparent oils as an underpainting, then adding opaques.It was a little nerve wracking but it all turned out okay. Whew!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

What I Meant to Say

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  • I have a collection of baskets.some are baskets with a chicken head woven into it. In the last few years of my mother’s life we went to many garage sales. I had given her a chicken basket that we had found at a yard sale in Maine.Soon after that we started to find some more of the baskets. It was a great treasure hunt. The basket in the photo here is not a chicken basket. I have a lot of them in a display cabinet. They remnd me of my mom whenever I see them.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Possible Beauty

When I started this painting I wasn’t quite sure what direction it was going in. I had used a beautiful aqua paint for the base coat and I couldn’t stray from that color so it forced my choice of other colors.The referennce for this had many more realistic greens found in nature. This is one of my favorites in the past weeks.( 12x12 stretched canvas)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Camera Ready

Landscapes for me lately have a flower theme.i think I am drawn to the flowers as a way to break up the monotony of all the green  of a landscape. I love wildflowers so it is  a chance to paint them one more time.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Little Less Conversation

I was listening to something on television when an old video of Elvis singing the lyric about “ a little less conversation “came on.The words seemed to be perfect for this painting I was working on.It has a  level of complexity but the message is simple; we are all better off not talking so much— just look for the beauty.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

What a Feeling

Geraniums  have a personality all their own. They don’t belong to that elite group of cut flowers that are delicate and don’t last a long time. No, geraniums stay firmly planted in their sturdy pots. They bloom over and over , reaching for the sky and never wilting. Kind of like the placid next door neighbor that always has whatever you have run out of. A grown up!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Keeping Promises

I like to think of the subject of this painting as what I might see walking through a wholesale flower seller. The flowers are in buckets and other containers not meant to enhance but arranged for ease of selling. The pure  beauty of the blooms is all that matters.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Put The Kettle On

This painting of zinnias reminds me of a homey place. I don’t think you would find these in a sleek Manhattan apartment at all. These jars might be more likely found in an English cottage where the owner of the home might be sayong”Put the kettle on?”Can you tell I have been watching too much BBC?Life is just a British novel.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Follow Up

I think there are millions of possibilities of bouquets of flowers. I enjoy painting these arrangements; often changing what I am looking at to make a more pleasing composition. I think color is one of the most important elements of composition. The colors catch the eye of the viewer before anything else.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Antigua

i took a lot of photographs while on a cruise that visited several islands. I loved the pastel colors of the houses and the bright sunlight. The light there is different than where I live now. I tried to show that in this painting of the aqua house.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Keep on Walking

I consider my landscapes as still technically floral. I always have to sneak in some flowers somewhere! This was a subtle scene at a time when Summer is almost over and all leaves have not started turning. The key to this kind of painting is to make it about contrast. Dark against light helps break up the picture into planes; each farther and father from the center.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Success Story

Painting multiples of the same thing can make it hard to have a good composition without being boring.The way to make things different is to,change the size of shapes( this also shows depth). Another is to vary the shapes and placement of the shapes. Doing this can create a kind of movement of the objects; moving the viewer’s eye around the picture plane.