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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


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.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What We See

I could paint tulips every day and never tire of them. I like to do these smaller (8x8) paintings in between painting the larger ones. It takes different kinds of energy to do large vs. small. And time. Today I need to pick up our granddaughter at middle school so will leave the house at 2:30. I will paint from 12:00 until then,so kind of hard to start a larger painting so I will go small . The older I get the more important it is to use my time wisely. Amazing what you can get done!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

We Are Stardust

I am trying to be more abstract in my painting. It is very hard! I know that I need to just jump in there but think maybe baby steps are more prudent.I have to say this painting was very fun to do; all expectations were off the table. I just let things happen amd I am pleased. Who knows what the next one will look like!

Saturday, February 24, 2018


I tend to go from the panoramic to the close up; often in the same day. This painting’s composition makes a path through the gray tones of the buckets adding snippets of bright colors in the flowers and
Leaves.I remember the artist at a watercolor workshop years ago who spoke to us about creating a “ribbon”of color through the painting leading the viewer through the painting.In this painting it is the darkest dark that starts at the bottom and makes a trail all the way to the top.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Gold Medal Lilacs

I have painted lilacs many times and will continue to do so. The wonderful fragrance of lilacs is one of those that is not easy to replicate. No perfume or soap titled  lilac can match the real thing. The colors and shapes of the flowers are unrivaled in their beauty. I am glad to be able to do something that gives me so much pleasure; what a great job!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Wake Me Up

I switch  back and forth between light and dark backgrounds.The light background is great for creating an airy light filled atmosphere. The dark adds a feeling of excitement and drama. I guess it depends on the mood I am in at the time I am  painting. It just happens as I go along,

Friday, February 16, 2018

Far Afield

A reason I like painting the Meadow series is a chance to show perspective in a landscape. The flowers close to the bottom of the painting are larger compared to the ones at the top of the painting, showing a distance between the two areas.It is a pleasure to paint flowers in a setting where I can just go with my intuition about the placement of the blooms rather than recreate the exact location of each flower.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Look Before You Leap

This is another of my new favorite subject —meadows.The  iris and other flowers in this painting have become wilder as in a non planned arrangement.. It is as if the bulbs and seeds were just thrown out and thrived wherever they landed. I like this much more than a formal planting.My iris here in Memphis have not started blooming yet, although the daffodils will be soon

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Off the Charts

I like to paint from fresh flowers but I do  rely on photographs too. I was in Kroger doing some grocery shopping last week. I passed by some beautifully arranged bouquets that were very well lit. I did a stealth glance for any clerk that might see me, pulled out my phone and took some photos .As usual, what I painted is not a perfect replica of the original flowers. I like to put my own spin and “animate” what I see.This one worked out.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Parking Pass

Even  though we are having some colder weather here in the south right now, I can’t help getting excited about Spring.My husband planted tulip and daffodil bulbs and it won’t be long until they start emerging from the ground. We are usually able to time our purchase of the bulbs at Lowe’s or Home Depot when they go on sale at the end of the season. So until  April I will be painting tulips from last year’s photos.

Monday, February 5, 2018


Drama is the name of the game. Value is important to make each color show up to it best potential. I always make sure to have a light, dark and medium value in every painting.It is necessary is to make the values unequal; in a delicate quiet painting the dark value will be used sparingly. In this painting the dark background makes the flowers pop.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Cool Garden

 This painting is being given away on Daily this week. I have been chosen as the Spotlight Artist of the week.Those who have purchased a painting on the DPW site during the month will be entered into a drawing for this painting. There is also an interview with me on the DPW site.
I was trying to portray a cool misty morning in a garden.Gardens are my focus lately; for some reason I am drawn to them.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Big Moment

I like the combination of pastel and bright colors in a painting. The pastels function almost as a neutral in the composition— giving the eye a rest from the brightest colors. The buckets are also a contrast to the soft petals of the flowers. The composition is chosen to keep the viewer inside the picture plane, almost in a circular pattern.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Florence Market

We went to Italy a number of years ago and hands down my favorite city was Florence. I could have stayed there for weeks just wandering around the streets. The market there was fabulous, selling everything from leather goods to any kind of fresh food you could dream of. The merchants were engaging and I took a lot of photos. This painting is of a man who was selling fresh vegetables. The overhead light served as a kind of spotlight , making the scene more dramatic. I had a lot of reference material to paint for a long time afterwards.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Room to Grow

This garden scene had some great light and I wanted to capture it. Green can be boring but a varirty of shades can save it from that . The reds and oranges make it delucious!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Off line

There are a lot of tulips for sale in the grocery stores right now. We have some bulbs planted but glad there are some available  until the ones in the ground show up. I have always loved the shapes of these flowers— they are such a cross between old fashioned and modern. The mason jar is the perfect vesseel for them.

Monday, January 22, 2018


Of course my landscape has flowers in it! I jhave done plenty without flowers but this type of landscape does give me a lot of pleasure to paint.The most important thing I think for a landscape like this is to show depth. The larger flowers changing to smaller ones in the distance does the trick.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Field Work

I have painted several meadow paintings lately and this one is too;
only more of a close up.Iris  have always appealed to me so this was a fun painting to do. Maybe it is a frog’s eye view- a different perspective.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Future Perfect

I love painting bright colors but they always need a neutral color for a place to rest the eye.There are some beautiful paintings that have so many bright colors that it can be exhausting to look at them. It is a little bit like a good song on the radio that is just too loud; we can’t appreciate the beautiful sound.I like to show a variety of grays to make the painting more interesting. Although I mix a lot of the grays I paint, I do buy some already mixed that I then add to warm or cool colors . The latest one I bought is called pewter- it looks metallic and it is fun to use.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Absolutely Right

Sometime when I am painting a large painting I notice some areas of the painting that I really like. They would be able to stand alone as a painting. This is one such painting; taken from a larger painting. Thee complementary colors of yellow and purple work very well- color wheel rules!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Our Lips are Sealed

Everytime  I paint something it is usually a mystery how it will turn out. I have something specific in my mind
 and all intentions to have the painting  turn out exactly as I plan. But they usually take on a life of  their own; kind of like when playing with a Ouija board. Even though this painting didn’t follow the plan in my head , I like it so that other painting will appear sometime , just not today!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Agent 99

It is  not always easy to name  paintings. There is not an endless supply of names that include summer or spring otr flowers. What often happens is that While painting or after I have finished,  a name comes to me. For some reason the TV show Get Smart popped  into my head. Agent 99 played by Barbara Feldon was a sophisticated secret agent with a sleek modetn haircut; much more capable than her male counterpart. Something about these flowers reminded me of her- feminine but with a little edge.

Friday, January 12, 2018

First Things First

Yes, zinnias are some of my favorites. Although I have been painting some landscapes lately with more panoramic views, I still love a closeup that shows off just the flowers.Color is such fun to paint. Some of the paintings in the decorating world lately have been gray , white and gray. I do love neutrals but they can be pretty boring without some bright hues. Nothing lifts the spirits like color. My  90 year old aunt recently passed away.. I was talking to my cousins about her and they said a favorite phrase she often said to them was” don’t you want to put on a little lipstick? It will make you feel better.”

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sliding Scale

Simple vases of flowers are a favorite thing to paint. It gives me a chance to focus on the important thing- the flowers. I love painting the large color shapes then break them down into actual flowers by painting in negative and positive strokes.It somehow all comes together like a puzzle and with that comes the satisfaction of completing the puzzle.