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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.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Class Action

Lighting is everything. A flower in the bright sunlight is so different than the  same one on a cloudy day. The light brings out the bright highlights and deep shadows; making the painting more interesting. The result is one that catches the viewer’s eye.

Monday, January 8, 2018


I posted this painting and the name of it is Elegant. It is in honor of my dear Aunt Willa whose funeral I attended today. She was 90 1/2 and able to live in her own home until a month ago. She was an amazing woman who retired at age 82 . She was widowed in her 50’s and continued to live a full life, traveling with family and friends. I aspire to be like her, a strong independent woman ahead of her time.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Wake Me Up

We plant daffodils and tulips every year to bring a little joy come Spring. There are so many varieties in color and shape of the daffodil. One especially good thing is that they come back every year so I am growing quite a collection. I love the tulips but they are like the city mouse; a little too weak to make a return appearance!!

Thursday, January 4, 2018


Gardens are so popular because humans find such satisfaction in growing things and looking at beauty. I think there is some psychic healing that can happen in a garden; the space can be a kind of sanctuary space. I can’t think of a better place to wind down after a long day.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Penny’s Yard

i have a friend who has always lived out in the country. A group of us go out to her house every June for a pool party and I enjoy taking a lot of photos of the interesting things around her house and yard. Her husband asked me to paint this churn and these pots as a surprise for Christmas.The churn had belonged to his mother and was a sentimental favorite. I did the painting and she was thouroughly pleased and surprised.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Wonderful Tonight

Although I don’t often paint abstractly; there was something about this bucket of flowers that begged to be more abstract than usual. It has turned out to be one of my favorite paintings. I sometime get more attached to some more than others. This is one I painted after recuperating from eye surgery for a few weeks. A nice break does wonders for the soul— and the painter.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Keeping Score

I painted this watercolor a while ago. It was fall and a friend had brought several beautiful mums to paint. The baskets were the perfect neutral contrast to the colors of the mums. When painting bunches of flowers I always start out with a block of color, then use negative shapes to change them into flowers. This is especially tricky when painting in watercolor because I can’t just wipe the paint off or paint over things like I can in oil painting.When I get the painting just right there is no other pleasure like it.

Lilac Love

Often the most simple set up is the most effective. This painting combines lilacs with  white mock  orange blooms. My dad grew the mock orange for years and they lined the fence lines at my parents’ home. I like to paint them as a memorial to him but also the white adds that perfect lightest value to make a good painting. I try to have some arrangement of darkest dark, medium and lightest white for a successful painting. To me that is more important than perfect drawing. Happy New Year. Last year was great but not necessarily the best for some family members. I am looking forward to a year filled with good health for everyone.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Better Mood

The  day after Christmas can sometimes be a letdown after all the excitement of holiday festivities. This year is a little different. We picked up takeout for Christmas Eve And had an easy delicious crockpot chicken chili for Christmas Dinner. This may be a reason I am in a better mood; not as stressed about all that cooking entails. This painting conveys some smaller delicate blooms guaranteed to make us all in a better mood.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Public Interest

This is a little deviation from my usual floral. If you look closely you will see a hint of flowers in the background. A subject matter with so much green can be a little tricky. Usually the lighting causes a change in the variety of color rather than the plant itself. I see about five different shades of green,although subtle.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Instant Replay

I am finally able to leave the dreaded face down position post eye surgery. I went out to grocery shop in anticipartion of family coming in for the holidays. After a few hours my eyes were a little overwhelmed, like being released from prison! These flowers in vases were a sight for sore eyes! Please forgive the corny humor; it has been a tough week!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hydrangea Blues

Blue hydrangeas are my favorite of the hydrangea colors. I think it is because blue is not a common color in flowers. Shades of pink, red and yellow are more common. Pair the blue flowers with a blue and white vase and tou have a winner!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Look at Me

This is a 6x6 inch painting with a big personality.My favorite compositions are those that tend to bleed off the page on at least 3 sides. This gives emphasis to the subject matter and has less emphasis on negative space. The two  blooms are different enough from each other to not make attention getting a peoblem.

Sunday, December 17, 2017


I love bright colors in my paintings but there is something to be said for a quiet painting. I have done atmospheric landscapes but this is a first for a flower painting. I have often seen this kind of look early in the morning. I am trying to be more fearless in trying new things to paint. The worst that could happen is that I would just have to wipe it and start over.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Chance of Love

As I write this , I am recovering from eye surgery to repair a macular hole . It sounds worse than it is and is fixable. The tough thing is that I have to keep my head facedown for a week.I have a tabletop massage thing with a padded holder for my face, a special mirror so I can watch tv and lots of audible books. I can’t paint yet but I have this painting that I finished last week. I like the joyful bucket of flowers that gives a feeling of hope for an exciting future. While I just want to sit upright!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Backyard Table

Summer is good for growing beautiful flowers.This usually involves having a surplus to display in any kind of container that is reachable;from a beautiful crystal vase to a simple mason jar. The beauty is something that is so exciting to me- I can hardly wait to paint the flowersvwhen they are around.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Required Reading

I love painting buckets of flowers . Because they are so elegant it doesn’t really matter  if they are in a beautiful porcelain vase or a rustic container. Often the more rustic the container, the beauty in contrast is more striking. This illustrates how important neutrals are in a painting.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Do What You Can

When painting flowers that are all the same ,it is important to have some way to make them important. I try to vary the lightness and darkness of the blooms and the individual strokes of the petals. Close together blooms suggest a mass of color that is accented by negative spaces in between. Of course this is a post painting analysis; I just had fun while painting!

Thursday, December 7, 2017


This painting of a basket of flowers may seem more appropriate for summer but is welcome right now in December.It may help warm up this cold month.It is 12 inches by 12 inches on a panel.It is a pleasure always to paint floral scenes; something that I will never tire of.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Classic Lilacs

I really admire those that do realistic paintings that can be mistaken for a photograph. But I found out long ago that painting that way doesn’t fit my style or personality. This painting is made up of loose and impressionistic strokes to give an idea of a vase of lilacs.That is all I need to make me happy.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Growth Opportunity

The paintings in my head often don’t turn out the same when I bring them to life. This is not always a bad thing, though..after I started painting this it reminded me of Miss Havisham’s garden.It us a little wild, a little controlled and a little Victorian.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Green is a tricky color. The green that comes from a tube of green paint is rarely found in nature. Most artists work to mix a green that is more true to what  we all see outdoors. The best greens are made mixing yellow and blue with a bit of the complement of green—red. The red dulls the color to a more neutral hue.This neutral green makes the beautiful colors of the flowers pop.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


I like the colors in this painting of flowers. The title suits the arrangement because there seems to be a lot of energy happening with all of the colors and shapes interacting with each other. They all seem to be waiting for a party to happen.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Best Bottles

There are often dozens of shapes, values and colors in a glass bottle or jar. They also change depending on the lighting and time of day. It is all a matter of painting just what you see. Adding some beautiful flowers seals the deal.