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Friday, July 20, 2018

Summer in the City

The temperature of a painting depends on the colors used in the painting. This painting has a warm tone because of the colors used. The yellows, reds and peaches contribute to the warm temperature of the painting. There are a few cool colors in the painting but they are only there to serve as a balance to the warmth.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Iris Flight

I worked on this painting a few times before I was satisfied with it.I just couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it until I finally realized it was too much of a good thing. There were too many flowers in the picture! I removed some of the iris, added more green-and it gave the eye more rest. I like to put a painting up to live with it a few days so I can think about what I like and don’t like about the painting. This one passes the test now.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

You’ll Be On My Mind

Rhythm is one of the principles of design. In this composition the sunflower’repetition creates rhythm throughout the composition. The way they are arranged in the picture plane keeps the viewer’s eye traveling around the picture plane without going outside the painting.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sunny Whites

Totally opposite to the recent colorful paintings posted is this more monochromatic painting. Limited to mostly white , yellow and green; there are enough variations of the colors to seem like more. This painting is a large 36 x36 inch painting. The white tulips are the star of the show!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Beauty Portfolio

The colors in thos painting are just so pleasing to me. I like a subtle palette but the bright colors are exciting. There are enough neutrals here to offer some rest from the vibrant tones. I think my favorite is the orange lily. A good rule of composition is to keep the eye moving around in the picture plane without going out.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Along for the Ride

I have a hard time deciding which color of hydrangea I like best. The blues and purples are thrilling to me, especially when they are both on the same bush but I think the white could be my favorite.I especially like them when they have a lot of green in the blooms. They look beautiful when paired with aqua mason jars
. I think I could paint these every day!

What You Really Really Really Want

Our whole family went on our annual beach vacation in early June. Our grandchildren usually put on a play or some kind of show on our last day at the beach. This year they decided to put on a talent show this year. The girls did a lip sync performance to the Spice Girls’ song What you Want.
When I painted this painting of hydrangeas that song just popped into my head.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Peak of Summer

I love painting a big bouquet of summer flowers. It becomes an intuitive process, not trying to get every petal and leaf in the precise location. I know painters who can’t stray from the realism but that just gives me a headache. Sometime a flower just looks better in the composition a little higher and to the left. Instead of physically moving it ,I just move it in my head. I think that might be hard for a beginning painter but since I have been doing art in some form for 60 years- not as hard!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Penny Lane

The title of this painting (12x12) is Penny Lane. It pays homage to the Beatles. We watched an episode of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden that featured Paul Mc Cartney. It took place in Liverpool and they drove by Penny Lane and the home Paul lived in as a teenager. This painting evokesa feeling of the music of that era for me.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Soft Surroundings

This  painting is more about texture instead of color. The pink is vibrant but pretty monochromatic. The star of the painting is the contrast between the texture of the flowers, the pot and the ribbon.The ribbon seems to be three dimensional and of a totally different texture than the flowers despite being almost the same color.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

In Plain Sight

This painting started out as a meadow painting and quickly turned abstract. It became more about the shapes and colors instead of the actual flowers. The title comes from a television show that was on a few years ago about federal marshalls assigned to witness protection in Albuquerque. A friend was visiting New Mexico while I was painting this and mentioned online that they were taking a Breaking Bad tour.This led me to think about the tv show and the title somehow seemed perfect for this painting. This explains in part how I come up with my unorthodox method of naming paintings. After naming over a thousand paintings , my method seems to work all right!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

We Just Got Here

There is a Carly Simon song about the end of summer that is titled We just Got Here. It talks about how quickly the end of summer comes for everyone. Of course here in the South it lasts well into September . These flowers are here for a short time, though. They will last about a week and then will ned to be replaced. Nothing lasts forever,

Monday, June 18, 2018

Light Year

Zinnias are in my top five favorite flowers. Who am I kidding - my top five is much bigger than five! I love the way the petals sre layered and the flowers are so sturdy. They are perfectly informal in a bucket but can be beautiful in silver or crystal. They are the stars of summer.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Reach for the Sky

I tried to show some movement in this arrangement of flowers by having the blooms literally moving off the page— seeming to reach up to the sky. They are basically the same color of pink but the variatios occur because of the change in light and shadow. This makes them seem to move whilemaking the whole painting more interesting.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Fresh Fields

a landscape gives more opportunity to show depth than a still life or floral painting. There is a clear definition between foreground, middleground and background. I like the way the flowers take you through  from the front to the back.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Big Day

It is easy to pick out the center of interest in this painting- of course the large sunflower. Although there is something to be said for the bright white in the bottom of the vase. The brightest spot can also be the center too. A good painting will take the eye of the viewer on a trip all around the painting though;hopefully without an exit. Kind of like Hotel California!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Cottage Grounds

This is a landscape that I would also consider floral. Most of my landscapes end up wirh a floral element; I just can’t help it. Green is tricky. I try to not use a green straight from the tube—mixing
blue and yellow is often better. The lovely caribbean blue adds a punch to a landscape to show depth. The flowers are a suggestion in that I do not show each petal; we know they are flowers by the shapes and colors.

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


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


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.