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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Graduation

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

Hankering

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.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Conversations With Friends

This is a 36x36 inch painting on stretched canvas. It is the kind of painting that just evolved— the most fun kind of painting! I started with an underpainting of random colors in acrylic and painted in oils over those colors. I like how the colors underneath peek through as a surprise for the viewer— and for the artist too😋!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Que Sera Sera

Something about this painting seems a little French to me— it could be the subtle colors found in the whites. There is usually not a pure white in a paiing like this. So much of the color comes from light or shadow. In the case of flowers; the color can even be found in the petals of the flowers. If you look closely, many colors such as greens, pinks, purples and gray are visible.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Odds Are in your Favor

This painting remains much more subtle in color application. Although I love bright bold colors; this quiet painting carries a lot of impact. It could be called a “white “ painting but of course is so much more than pure white. My favorite part is the green tinged blooms.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Change Your Mind

This is from a new series of more abstract florals .I may have found something that I love more than any other way I have painted.The time spent has been so much fun that time passes by unnoticed.
Of course to get to this place has taken a lot of years of realism and attention to detail to be able to do this. Intuition rules!

Monday, April 2, 2018

WITH GREAT AFFECTION

i had the best time painting this floral painting. The reference was similar but it turned out very different by the time I had finished.Sometimes every now and then everything just goes right,rhis  was one of those times. The color choices worked out  to complement each other. Maybe I will give myself a raise!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Going Rogue

I started this painting as an impromptu demo at our local art league meeting. Our guest speaker had to cancel at the last minute and I am person in charge of speakers! I decided to demonstrate a technique used in a workshop I attended a few years ago.It involved using transparent oils as an underpainting, then adding opaques.It was a little nerve wracking but it all turned out okay. Whew!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

What I Meant to Say

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  • I have a collection of baskets.some are baskets with a chicken head woven into it. In the last few years of my mother’s life we went to many garage sales. I had given her a chicken basket that we had found at a yard sale in Maine.Soon after that we started to find some more of the baskets. It was a great treasure hunt. The basket in the photo here is not a chicken basket. I have a lot of them in a display cabinet. They remnd me of my mom whenever I see them.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Possible Beauty

When I started this painting I wasn’t quite sure what direction it was going in. I had used a beautiful aqua paint for the base coat and I couldn’t stray from that color so it forced my choice of other colors.The referennce for this had many more realistic greens found in nature. This is one of my favorites in the past weeks.( 12x12 stretched canvas)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Camera Ready

Landscapes for me lately have a flower theme.i think I am drawn to the flowers as a way to break up the monotony of all the green  of a landscape. I love wildflowers so it is  a chance to paint them one more time.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Little Less Conversation

I was listening to something on television when an old video of Elvis singing the lyric about “ a little less conversation “came on.The words seemed to be perfect for this painting I was working on.It has a  level of complexity but the message is simple; we are all better off not talking so much— just look for the beauty.

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

Antigua

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

UPGRADE

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

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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

Pinnacle

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.