Years ago I went to a watercolor workshop with the painter Margaret Martin. She has since passed away but she was a wonderful painter.Her studio was in Buffalo, New York. Although in March there was still snow on the ground; the studio was filled with beautiful flowers.This was the view of one of the windows in the studio.
i know that some people paint seasonally; like some restaurants only serve what is in season. I paint from life but I also go back to photos when I feel like painting something that isn't physically available.I have painted flowers for more than 40 years so there is a certain muscle memory- some I could paint with my eyes closed.These are African violets in a white basket-- they are soon to be on their way to a new home!
When we lived near Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, we often visited and enjoyed seeing the greenhouses. No matter what season, there was always something going on. There were usually row after row of pots to be used in the next display in the conservatory. Christmas season was always the best. Local schools and garden groups decorated trees using only natural materials. The varieties of amaryllis could take your breath away with their beautiful blooms and the sheer number of plants. I usually do a Christmas card featuring an amaryllis. This year I am not because I am having hip replacement surgery in a few weeks and just have been busy getting ready for that. Hopefully next year I will be back with a new card!
I would not mind painting tulips everyday, they always appear different, no matter how many times I paint them.They remind me of the big attraction at a concert.They are resilient,mthey don't come around often and they take special care to be spectacular when they bloom.
i am not a golfer; my husband has taken up the game- only since he retired 12 years ago, he loves it and we are fortunate to live on a golf course. It is really a beautiful place to live. Even in winter there is a lot of beauty to be found. This is a view of the course on a beautiful autumn day.
This waterlily is perfectly at home on an easel for display.I like to be able to display these paintings on panels instead of faming them. It is cheaper of course than the frames but also allows more areas to display them .