Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Going Your Way


I was drawn to the colors in this landscape view. There is something about the reds  interacting  with the blues and the greens. There are flowers but  it is really more about the shapes and colors than the actual flowers.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Dance Dance Dance

 I love painting meadows and fields of flowers and those including iris are top favorites. The complementary colors of purpleand yellow give an extra pop to this floral painting.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Imagine This

  I wouldn’t describe this as a realistic or impressionistic landscape. AfterI finished it I realized it reminded me a little of the Peter Maxx style of art from the 60’s. Think Yellow Submarine.( I know, I am dating myself) The shapes are flat and  stylized but they seemed to fit the dreamy imaginary style I was thinking of. It is not a real place; just one in my imagination.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Summer Symphony

 I don’t usually find it easy to do abstracts. I try and they still come out representative. I have started to take a realistic view and slowly abstract the shapes, thinking that eventually I will reach an abstract painting.This is the result of that attempt. I concentrated on the colors and shapes only; not worried about what flowers they represent.I think I was pretty successful and it sold a few days after I posted it.

Saturday, August 8, 2020


 Since this painting is 2 dimensional there are only a few ways to show depth. One way is to make objects closer to the viewer larger and those farther away appear smaller.Another way is to changer the color by making closer objects near the bottom of the painting brighter and darker and objects higher on the canvas lighter and more muted. In this painting an example would be the flowers.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Parts and Labor

A friend asked me to do a commission for her last year. She had a cobalt blue hobnail vase that had belonged to her grandmother. It was not of any great value but it had great sentimental significance for her family. Her grandmother loved zinnias as well as her sister so the painting was to be a surprise for her sister. I did three versions  of the vase and she ended up buying all three.I love painting zinnias so it was a pleasure.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Color Proof

I think this my favorite kind of painting to do.One flower leads to another and it is a creative free for all, often unplanned. I usually have  at  one least part of the painting that is a favorite. In this one I have several. The flower and stem in the lower left hand side turned out exactly like I wanted it to and I love the shape of the pitcher . A winner in my book!

Friday, July 24, 2020

Red Serenade

This painting has been repainted from one I did last year.I had it hanging on a wall but every time I passed by there was something bothering me about it. I finally put it back on the easel and realized it needed more depth and richer color. I really liked the area of the table near the front pot and did not want to disturb that so I left it alone. I worked on the geranium blooms and leaves and background to give a richer surface appeal. Now I am happy with the result!

Thursday, July 23, 2020


Iris are one of those type of flowers that I seem to always want to paint. I have some of the blue- purple ones that I transplanted from my parent’s home in Mississippi several years ago. They have multiplied and are early bloomers. I have added some peach, white and lavender varieties also. I am definitely not a gardener but seem to be able to not kill these.I love to paint them; the shapes are beautiful and the contrast of the purples and whites with the greens are beautiful. They make me happy!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Walk of Faith

This is a 20x30 oil on canvas that was a commission. The buyer named it herself. She wanted a garden scene with a path. The path leads to an unknown area that could be anything according to who is viewing the painting. Hopefully it brings a feeling of peace to anyone looking at it.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Beach Fun

I have been taking some family time this summer despite the covid19 interruption. We took our family vacation in Orange Beach , Alabama minus 4 of our usual group. We stayed in a larger house this year so we had plenty of room for social distancing. We also did not go out to eat anywhere; eating our meals in the beach house. We were worried that tropical storm Cristobal was going to interfere with our plans but He left and we had great weather.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Big Winner

We went on our family beach vacation last week and I took some watercolor painting supplies with me.During some down time I got a few paintings done. I did not have subject matter to look at but  just painted flowers from memory. I have painted flowers so many times that I have a pretty good mental catalogue of mental flowers. Especially those that are whimsical and fantasy based. We had 15 family members in a big rental house and had a good time despite the corona virus. We Ate all of our meals at the beach house, just venturing out a few times to pick up food.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Wake Up Call

This painting uses a limited palette of  the complementary colors red and green. There are variations of the two colors that make it seem that there are more colors in the painting.The backlighting gives the painting a little more drama to an ordinary subject. Geraniums are common but the composition of this one is a little dramatic.

Friday, May 29, 2020

For the Beauty

I don’t do landscapes as often as flowers. You will notice that I often sneak in flowers in my landscapes. I am hopeless! I totally left reality when choosing color for this painting; well not bright purple and orange. I want to feel a little excitement when looking at a painting. Otherwise why go to the trouble of painting it. When I first started painting I was just glad to get something down that looked like what I was seeing. I now want to push it farther.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Red Tree

It is always important to have a center of interest in a painting. An easy way to make that happen is to make that center of interest different from other areas of the painting. Since a summer or spring landscape has a lot of green in it; a pop of red is unexpected,
. This guarantees an immediate attention getter, a position that is not dead center in the composition is important too.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Life Instructions

In 1987 I went to Matisse Retrospective at the museum of Modern Art in NYC. It was a huge  show featuring many of his works that had been hidden away from the public due to the Nazis. It was an overwhelming experience. His works are primarily interesting to me because of his use of pattern;often mixing 2 or 3 in one painting. I had finished this painting earlier but it lacked something. It was good enough but a little boring. I added some pattern to it that gave it some life, taking a little instruction from Henri Matisse.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Remember Me

I tend to paint florals more than landscapes but the same principles apply in both subjects. My one objection to landscapes in summer is that there is so much green that they can tend to be boring. In this landscape I tweaked the colors to make the painting more interesting. You may not find these exact colors in nature but they make for a more pleasing painting.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Game On

In a 2 dimensional painting texture usually has to be implied. Some artists use oil paint thickly
which adds a texture of its own. I choose to try to create texture by the use of value and brush strokes. in this painting there is a variety of texture. Smooth texture is in the blue cloth in the foreground which contrasts with the rough nubby texture of the basket. The flower petals would feel smooth to the touch but the way they are tightly layered would give them a ruffly feel If touched.

Friday, May 8, 2020

White Emperor Tulips

This painting has gone through a few versions.Each one has sat on a shelf and stared at me for a few days. I did not really like those versions very much; not really a dislike just not very interesting. I realized it needed something more. It had a background that was a pretty shade of blue but was too close in value to the leaves. There was not enough contrast in the painting. So I decided the dark background would work better and it did. Drama always wins!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Midnight Fiesta

The title of a painting just comes to me often with no effort. When I finished this one I immediately was reminded of the colorful clothing of the members of a mariachi band. The painting is saved from being too colorful by the neutral textured vase and the dark background but still has enough color to be quite lvely.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

One Steo Ahead

There was a book written several years ago titled Love in the Time of Cholera. Well , painting now seems to be Art in the time of Corona. Some artists are  saying they are having a difficult time getting started painting right now. They feel unsettled and uneasy.I feel that too but I find that painting eases those feeling. Two hours of painting allows me to escape all the worries of the world for a time. Good Therapy!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Blues Club

I had done an earlier version of this painting. It was fine but something about it wasn’t quite right
to me.It took me a long time to figure it out. It was the background ; which I had painted a golden color. I realized what it needed was a little more drama so I gave it a dark background and it made all the difference. It spoke to me; I finally listened.

Make a Deal

There are many color schemes to choose from for a painting. For this one I started with a primary colr scheme and added onto that.Because of all the bright colors I felt that a soft neutral was important in the foreground. Another bright color would have really jangled the nerves of the viewer. The soft beige of the table is just right to make the bright colors pop.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

On The Horizon

When painting objects that are similar there are certain things that need to be done to make the painting more interesting.These zinnias are similar size and shape so one way to vary them is in change of color. Some are darker and lighter red and a few are white for contrast.
Another way to add interest is to make the bucket very different from the zinnias. The color and texture of the bucket contrasts with the flowers.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Higher Love

I think the thing that makes this painting work so well is the dark background. It gives the painting a certain drama that makes the flowers pop. The flowers would work as well with a light background but would have a totally different feel to it.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Don’t Stand so Close to Me

In 1980 The Police came out with a son that had a lyric tha said “Don't stand so close to me”. In these days of social isolation it is relevant. When I see a tv show where people are shaking hands or standing in crowds it causes me to cringe. I don’t think we will go back to hand shaking! These flowers are certainly close together in a crowd; although maybe they are in the same family so it may be perfectly acceptable.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Mark My Words

This painting started from a look at a photograph and a germ of an idea in my head. The end result ended up looking nothing like either one, but that is okay. If it was so easy I would be bored instead of being tortured every time I am working on a painting. I go back and forth between love and hate; pride and self doubt every time I paint. Eventually I get to a place where I am pretty satisfied with the result. That is what happens when art is still made by a human and not a machine!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Fortune’s Garden

This is a garden  scene that is relatively close up. It is not a panorama that shows distant mountains and fields so there is not a lot of depth. When I first painted it, there was something a little off. I looked at it for a week and then realized it just looked like a wall of flowers. I then added some darker areas toward the back to show som parts that pushed  back some of the foliage and it worked.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Garden Club

This painting started as a demo for a local garden club a few weeks ago. It was before the current situation of the coronavirus and seems like a different world away. I chose colors that were harmonious to each other in shades of red and coral..I started with a background that was painted  red and I used transparent oil paints as a first layer. The next layer consisted of opaque colors  blended with the transparent colors.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Fortune’s Garden

I think garden scenes are my favorite scenes to paint. There is always something new to see every time you look at a garden view; whether it is a new flower that just bloomed or a newly sprouted vine. This garden is part meadow, part garden and just on the edge of being wild. It is as if it might have been on the verge of totally returning to nature.