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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lucky Charms

These zinnias remind me of a box of lucky charms cereal.,of course there are a few colors missing but still beautiful.they love the heat ,. We have plenty of heat around here!
 If you received this post  originally by email there were some nonsense words at the top-I don't know where they came from! At least it was entertaining.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Terra Bella

Our trip to Italy was one of our best vacations. At every turn was another photo opportunity. I must have taken a thousand pictures in 10 days. The food was so wonderful but of course a photo could not capture the taste. But I am glad to have taken the pictures of the scenery and the people to  keep as memories.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Table Talk

This painting is on a 12x12 gallery wrap  canvas .The vase is almost like a full fishbowl shape, able to hold a lot of blooms. Painting something like this involves a lot of thinking and decision making.I am asking and answering questions to my self the whole time. Questions like-- is there harmony between the color of the table and the wall? Is the negative space interesting? Does the glass look believable? Do the shadows and reflections on the table work? I'm exhausted!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Shelf Life

I love these kind of blue and white vases. Add some beautiful flowers and everything is good to go. I tend to paint flowers a lot  because I really love them. I do some landscapes and still life set ups and enjoy it but my heart is with flowers. I am really not a cow person, no matter how popular they might  be at the moment! But never say never!

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Small Talk is painted on a gallery wrapped stretched canvas ready to hang. Pansies are a favorite . I love the self confident petals- they seem to say "Look at me!"A lot of flowers are bigger and taller but can't match the punch the pansies have.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Violet Shadows

I did an earlier version of this composition a few years ago. I wasn't satisfied with that painting so I thought I would try it again.I am much happer with this one. Painting every day has really helped improve my painting? It is just like exercise, you have to keep it going to get results.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

On a Pedestal.

These geraniums were on the terrace of a beautiful historic home that we toured. The pot was on a pedestal in the bright sunlight of a courtyard there. I took a photo and painted this watercolor later. I collect photos and memories rather than things.Easier to dust!

Sunday, July 17, 2016


I used to be so intimidated about painting glass; especially glass with something inside. It is just like anything else in life- you just have to jump in and do it. My first attempts were not so great but after a lot of practice I have gotten the hang of it.It is a matter of just painting what you see no matter how odd it seems. Add a few highlights and voila! You have a little miracle.

Friday, July 15, 2016

New Easel

I received my new easel last weekend in a box ready to put together. My valiant husband agreed to put it together and I was there for moral support and holding the screwdriver.Maybe an experienced handyman or carpenter could decipher the diagrams sent but it was not easy for 2 ordinary people. After some upside down and backward errors we got it assmbled with no extra parts on the floor.It holds larger canvases and also converts to a table for painting flat. I am thrilled with it and my hsband is happy that I don't need diamonds to make me happy!
P.S- tray can hold a snack or two

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Magical Garden

Maybe being near sighted most of my life has caused me to appreciate the closeup view.I have learned that varying the color; such as cool and warm greens makes a picture more pleasing. I don't worry about painting exactly what I see. If that was important to me I would be a photographer. Which is also a good thing to be since I have seen some photographs that take my breath away.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Triple Crown

This reminds me of an old fashioned picture from a seed packet.I wanted to show a more subdued approach to sunflowers, they are so bright that they take all the attention. These are mature,sedate sunflowers with enough wisdom to sit backmand share the limelight. They wouldn't dream of taking a selfie!

Saturday, July 9, 2016


I think a dark background really makes the subject matter pop. I am hoping I showed the light hitting the flowers despite the darkness.Every painting is like a little puzzle; just hope there are no left over pieces at the end! How many of you have some of those nuts and bolts hanging around after putting together something explained as "easy assembly"?

Friday, July 8, 2016

Boston Doors

I took this photo almost 2 years ago when we visited Boston. For some reason I have put off painting it.I am thinking it is becauseI don't know if I can do a better job than the photo already does. Another reason is I don't love painting straight lines.
I am posting it on this blog to force myself to pledge to start the painting soon. Kind of like announcing to sign up for a marathon run! People would be asking if training has started yet, maybe they will ask me if I have started this painting.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Big Shadows

One of the things that I notice most in a painting is the contrast. I try to make sure that I show some of 3 vaues ( light, medium and dark) in my painting. I have learned that it is better to not have the values in equal proportions- some paintings will be mostly light with a few dark and medium values thrown in; the same goes for opposite combinations.
Even with all the rules, sometimes intuition takes over.

Monday, July 4, 2016


Blue flowers are not as common as other color flowers. I think the rarity makes them even more beautiful and desirable. I like the composition and color of  these flowers; especially the contrasr between the blues and greens.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Pre- Independence Day

i did this painting as a demo on Instagram. At least I started it there-- I finished it a little later. I am thankful there was no camera crew there; just me,an iphone and a tripod!