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Friday, December 9, 2016

FAVORITE

This painting has one of my favorite color schemes.I love the transitions of the warm magenta to the cool purple. Those colors seem to beg for a touch of the cool mint green. I am lucky to do what I want to do. I sit down everyday and have the luxury of getting to choose what I would like to paint. This hasn't always been the case. I remember as a single Mom I had a car accident and had to have my car repaired. The guy who owned the body shop asked if I would paint his black 57 Chevy in exchange for the amount of the deductible I was supposed to pay. I had never before painted a car, but was willing to try.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Afternoon Sun

This is painted from some more flowers I had on one of my tables at Thanksgiving.They really lasted a long time;I just threw them out yesterday. I placed them on some napkins that I had bought at Williams Sonoma some years ago. The tablecloth they matched is long gone but I do love the color and patterns of the napkin fabric.They are perfect with the yellows and reds of the flowers.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Pop Up Party

Geraniums remind me a a party about to happen. The blooms seem to just shoot up out of the green circular leaves. They are very hardy; one of the few flowers that flourish in the middle of summer in the south. A Rosie the Riveter kind of flower- not a shrinking violet.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sandy's Vase

I went to a Nancy Medina workshop here in Memphis a few years ago. One of the artists I met was Sandy Mctier from Georgia, she is a wonderful artist and does a lot of teaching. She brought an antique vase with her and we used it to showcase some of the flowers Nancy brought. The color of the vase was actually a dusty blue but somehow I painted it this blue green color. It just seemed to go better with the composition as that color. I could paint this one several times, it was that much fun!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Margaret's Window

Years ago I went to a watercolor workshop with the painter Margaret Martin. She has since passed away but she was a wonderful painter.Her studio was in Buffalo, New York. Although in March there was still snow on the ground; the studio was filled with beautiful flowers.This was the view of one of the windows in the studio.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Violet Basket

i know that some people paint seasonally; like some restaurants only serve what is in season. I paint from life but I also go back to photos when I feel like painting something that isn't physically available.I have painted flowers for more than 40 years so there is a certain muscle memory- some I could paint with my eyes closed.These are African violets in a white basket-- they are soon to be on their way to a new home!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Amaryllis School

When we lived near Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, we often visited and enjoyed seeing the greenhouses. No matter what season, there was always something going on. There were usually row after row of pots to be used in the next display in the conservatory. Christmas season was always the best. Local schools and garden groups decorated trees using only natural materials. The varieties of amaryllis could take your breath away with their beautiful blooms and the sheer number of plants. I usually do a Christmas card featuring an amaryllis. This year I am not because I am having hip replacement surgery in a few weeks and just have been busy getting ready for that. Hopefully next year I will be back with a new card!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Friday Tulips

I would not mind painting tulips everyday, they always appear different, no matter how many times I paint them.They remind me of the big attraction at a concert.They are resilient,mthey don't come around often and they take special care to be spectacular when they bloom.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

On a Pedestal

I Picture this as a scene in a lush garden with enough sunlight to make all these beautiful flowers bloom.The geraniums are the center of attention while the hydrangeas are paying court.High Drama!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

On The Course

i am not a golfer; my husband has taken up the game- only since he retired 12 years ago, he loves it and we are fortunate to live on a golf course. It is really a beautiful place to live. Even in winter there is a lot of beauty to be found. This is a view of the course on a beautiful autumn day.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Waterlily

This waterlily is perfectly at home on an easel for display.I like to be able to display these paintings on panels  instead of faming them. It is cheaper of course than the frames but also allows more areas to display them .

Friday, October 28, 2016

Bucket List

This bucket of brightly colored flowers only works because of the neutral tones of the background
and the bucket. The neutrals give the eye a rest; kind of like eating candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner would be too much of a good thing!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Truly Tulips

Children always ask what is your favorite color, food, animal, etc. My favorite flower answer was always the tulip. Something about the shape and colrs spoke to me. Now that I am a "grown up"I have realized that I am not bound to just one flower as a favorite  so I have expanded my list! Of course that applies to my lists of music and books. An embarrassment of riches!

Friday, October 21, 2016

White Cloud

I love hudrangeas of all kinds but especially the white. There are always  more colors in the blooms than white, such as greens, grays and purples. Combined with the turquoise jar it is picture perfect.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Lilac Formation

This is just another excuse to paint lilacs! I went back into the studio after a week off in California not sure what I was going to paint.I didn't have any fresh flowers so I looked through the bazillion photos that I have collected over the last 30 or so years. What caught my eye? Surprise- lilacs in jars. The combination of the caribbean blue with the purple is always thrilling to me. This one is on stretched gallery wrap canvas - 12x12.

Monday, October 17, 2016

STAR

Whenever I choose a vase of flowers to paint I want a variety- whether it is by size, type of flower or color. I like this arrangement because you can tell the star of the show right away. The white flower is important because of the light value and the size.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Supporting Cast

In a Broadway play there is almost always at least one star. We recently saw "Beautiful" the play in New York. It is about a part of the life of Carole King. It was a wonderful show. Her character was the star but there was a great supporting cast. The sunflower is like that; most important but surrounded by other flowers who give support.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Monterey Coast

I am in The bay area of San Francisco visiting family. A few days ago we drove down to The Monterey - Carmel area. I have been there before but the beauty of the Pacific Ocean never fails  to amaze me. The power of the water is amazing.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Blue Group

This painting is on its way to Oklahoma tomorrow morning. It is a favorite subject matter of mine; mason jars filled with flowers. A good combination of elegance and down home decorating!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tulips Squared

I usually use a lot of color in my paintings; especially the florals.For this painting of white tulips I used a subdued palette. I often went to Longwood Gardens in May when the tulips were in bloom. They were planted in color order starting with white. The lack of color in these tulips makes all the other colors more  vivid.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

One Love

i am drawn to painting bouquets like this one. I don't draw each flower- I start with just big shapes and then go to smaller shapes and add darkest shapes next to the flower shapes. It always comes together just the way I see it n my head. The most exciting part is adding those last few strokes .

Thursday, September 22, 2016

High Strung

I chose a purple background for these blue hdrangeas. A common choice would be for a neutral background but I was willing to take a risk with an unusual choice. It works for me!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Green Apple

This apple and bowl were part of a still life set up in the Karen O'Neil workshop I went to in Woodstock, New York. I took a lot of photos and painted this one when I got home. The studio had perfect North light. I have never really understood what was so good about light coming from the north.I now  know that the good thing about it is that it doesn' t change much during the day and the light is more diffused. My "studio"'has more northeast light most of the time but I have learned to adapt.
My husband may laugh when reading this because I have referenced a compass direction.I am not known for my sense of direction. I delivered meals today on our Meals on Wheels route by myself because my husband is out of town.. I did just fine but of course had the help of  the GPS in the car!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Antigua Sunshine

We walked around several areas of Antigua. I loved the ice cream colors of the buildings with their white roofs, especially on such a sunny day.I  took a lot of photographs and ended up painting this watercolor of one of them.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Publicity

This painting remindd me of a movie poster from the '40's. I don't plan things like that; it just turns out that way.Flowers are always a pleasure.
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Stand By

I have a friend whose husband worked for an airline before he retired and a retirement perk is that they can fly free on standby. It is a little uncertain if there is a seat for them on every flight but it is definitely worth it to try. These pots of flowers seem to be waiting their turn to be the star.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Brava

I really enjoyed painting this one.I love lilacs and wanted to try to make this more transparent and keep the background from becoming too flat.I learn something everyday by just painting!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Out of the Blue

This painting of geraniums is kind of out of  the blue in that it is kind  of out of my head !The basket and geraniums are from life but the arrangement and background color is from imagination. Of course imagination is helped out by at least 30 years of painting flowers.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Rest Assured

Blue and white pottery is exciting to me for some reason. I guess it is because a blue and white vase always seems to go perfectly with whatever bouquet goes into them. My favorite flower for this vase would be the white lily. There is a kind of sophistication with this combination; as if it belongs in an apartment high above Central Park in New York.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Spring

I painted something like this 3 years ago at a wonderful Nancy Medina Workshop. I took photos of the flowers we painted. I love hydrangeas and the sunflowers are the perfect complement to the blues and purple.