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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Cottage Garden

This painting is the third in the garden series(30x40). This was a delight in painting negative spaces; one of my favorite things to do. I started with the flowers and ended with the green leaves and stems.I love the change from blue green to yellow green in the foliage.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wildflowers

This painting is another that is currently in the show at Botanic Gardens for the month of August.I have arenewed interest in painting this type of garden paintings. It is a chance to paint very intuitively;a pure pleasure.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Treat Me Well

Lighting makes a big difference in a painting. One of my favorite lighting sources is back lighting. It seems to create a glow in the paintiing when the shadow is in the front of the objects and the light peeks out from behind. It makes for built in drama.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

FRESH START

I recently painted some larger (30x40) wildflower paintings for a show. I enjoyed doing those but my greatest pleasure is focusing in on a close up view. I like the negative spaces and the way the shapes relate to each other in a small format. Love my job!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Ms.Larsen at the Botanic Garden

Ms. Ellen Larsen is a friend of ours that we met through delivering Meals on Wheels.She is a delightful , sharp and witty lady. She doesn't drive anymore because of an eye problem. She was unable to come to my art opening reception so we took her to see it on Wednesday. We had a good time and a lovely lunch at the restaurant at the Botanic Garden.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Matchless

I tend to paint a lot of white flowers. I think that is because of the contrast the color brings into the painting. It can't help but be dramatic. Garden scenes are my favorite; the compositionworks out always because of the shapes and colors seem to always have a harmonious relationship.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Red Poppies

The theme of my art show at the Botanic Garden was Garden- Indoor/ Outdoor. I painted several garden style paintings. This one is 30 x 40 inches and is an impression of a wildflower garden. It was fun to paint; I just intuitively arranged the flowers on the canvas, connecting them with a muted green background.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Cool Summer

There are warm whites and there are cool whites.These are definitely cool; with a touch of blue in the white. The purples are a little warm for balance, although being cool is in style!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Intercontinental Love


Sometimes there are things that you can only see in one part of the world . Fortunately tulips are found in many countries. Carolus Clusius is one of those responsible  for the spread of tulip bulbs.He planted tulips at the Vienna Imperial Botanical Gardens
in 1573, He did a lot of research and major work on tulips and made note of the variations in color. Tulips originated in Turkey then imported into Holland.Clusius' book helped make them popular.
However they started I am glad they made it here!

Monday, July 31, 2017

What's Going On?

A useful tool I have found for painting is an app that turns photos into a value study. The colors are depicted as varying shades of gray with black and white. It helps you decidevif there is enough contrast in your photo or sketch BEFORE you paint or to check your painting AFTER finishing  to see if there is enough contrast.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Crunch Time


i am getting ready for my solo show at Memphis Botanic Garden.I will hang the show on Tuesday of next week. Final preparations include adding wire to the back of the paintings and often applying a coat of Gamvar; a type of varnish. It is too late to have an inspired idea for one more painting because it wouldn't be dry in time. It will be good; just glad when it is on the walls.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

HAPPY PLACE

There are a million ways to approach painting hydrangeas.I have seen some beautful super realism renderings with every petal and water droplet shown. I admire that kind of art but tend toward the impressionist tradition.There is no right or wrong way to make art. It has to come from the heart.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Botanic Garden Art Show


I am fortunate to have been asked to exhibit my paintings at the Memphis Botanic Garden for the month of August. The reception is Sunday afternoon August 6 at 3:00-5:00 p.m. Needless to say I have been busy!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dearly Delighted

this simple arrangement seems to whisper despite some pretty bold colors. The neutrals help pull it off. I think of neutral colors as the stage hands, set builders, lighting guys, etc. of the production we know as a painting. The diva stars are those bright colors who are  stars who need the neutrals to succeed.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Perspective

The title of my art show in August is - Garden- Indoor/Outdoor. Some of my paintings are interiors with flowers and some are outdoor flowers. This one  is a landscape but with wildflowers in the foreground. Imseem to sneak in some flowers as often as I can!

Friday, July 14, 2017

I Loved Them All

I never met a hydrangea I didn't like. Each bloom is so full and sturdy in the most gorgeous array of colors.Often there is a range of colors from blue to purple on the same bush. They were favorites of my parents too. They had some beautiful bushes; I wish I had saved a cutting of them since my parents are no longer with us. But I think of them everytime I see these beautiful flowers.

CAPITAL GAINS

My favorite set ups to paint are flowers in strong light. This usually involves a window nearby. I also sometimes use a spotlight but I like the diffused look of natural light. You will notice that the part of the basket that is away from the window seems to fade into the background, causing the basket to have more three dimensional form. Another plus is how beautiful the flowers are.Even though this is not related to finance, the beauty that I see is a form of capital gain for the soul. Without additional taxes!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Keynote Speech

This painting of geraniums will be in my solo show at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. It is larger (20x20 stretched canvas)than most that I sell on Daily paintworks.com.I don't  post too many large paintings on that ssite be ause of the cost of shipping, although I have sold quite a few that were shipped to other parts of the country. I go overboard packing those large ones because I want to make sure no damage occurs. I am always relieved when they arrive unharmed. I have never had one arrive in anything but good shape.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

French Classic

I have painted countless hydrangeas of all kinds.When  I finished this one I was reminded of France. Flowers were everywhere when I was there. Something about this painting looked French. Anything French seems to have an air of elegance, no matter how mundane. A person from France could read the local phonebook out loud and sound like a Shakesperian actor ( with a French accent). I,try to imagine what a French Dollar Store would look like; everything classy for a small price. . We could learn a few things from the French.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Late Show

This painting of a garden is a little abstract. One advantage of being very near sighted is that I can look at something without my contact lenses on and it gives a perfect abstract view!It causes me to concentrate on the basic shapes and colors. Of course you don't want me to drive you anywhere in a car without vision correction!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Stand by Your Man

The title for this one just popped into my head for some reason. When I was in. college we often went to a local bar named The Pad. There was a juke box there that contained popular songs of the day . Towards the end of the evening someone always played Stand  by your Man by Tammy Wynette which prompted a hearty sing along among the patrons. Hopefully there was more to my education than that song but we had fun!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Yellow Story

I am not sure how many jars I have painted in the past few years but it is a lot. The jars all alone are not as interesting as they are when filled with beautiful flowers. The combinations and possibilities are endless- I have a few more left in me!

Call Me

i have been painting some larger canvases lately for a show but like to take a break and work on some small paintings . It is very satisfying to create these small vignettes. Because they are smaller (8x8) there is no pressure to put on myself to create a masterpiece. Another beauty of oil painting is that if I don't like how a painting is going it can be wiped off and started over. If only life could happen that way!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Back of the Garden

I am getting paintings ready for a solo show at the Memphis Botanic Gardens in August. Most of the paintings I show on Daily paintworks are 11x 14 or smaller. For this show I needed some larger ones so I have been busy.It takes a little adjustment to move to painting larger but not difficult to do. The same principles of design apply to both. The main difference is just larger brushes!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Fine by Me

No matter what I paint I always come back to flowers. I remember when I was in the eighth grade and painting flowers on wooden and metal boxes, actually anywhere I could find. You will have to remember that was in the late '60's- flower power and all that love. I am not good at growing things, not good at botany terms but painting flowers is my thing! I feel totally at peace and comfortable when standing in front of an easel with some flowers to paint. Lucky girl!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Transformation

i used to be afraid of painting glass; it just seemed to be too complicated. I finally got brave and discovered I really loved it. This particular jar was calling my name! The complex changes between the blue and the aqua as the light came through was exciting. I know , I am easily entertained.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Minute by Minute

We  stay at the same beach house every year. The furnishings change from time to time but most have been the same over the last 12  years. On our day of departure we always leave very early to avoid the trafgic. As I was checking for any items that were left behind I noticed this basket with very nice silk peonies. I guess I had seen them before but not realized how interesting the basket was. So I took time to take some photographs of it before we got in the car to head for home. I painted this view of it as soon as I could after I got home. Moral the story; always be on the lookout for beauty right under your nose!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Color Choice

i painted this one a few months ago but forgot about it. Things have been busy around here with preparing for our beach vacation , going on it and unpacking when we got home. I remember my mother would take all kinds of things from her kitchen when she went . I remember thinking that she doesn't need to do that; we could just eat out.The night before the trip she and my father would have the drama of packing it all into the car. I have now become my motner! The beach house that we rent has an equipped kitchen but I end up taking knives, waffle maker, margarita machine, etc. I also hate to leave the beautiful view we have of the Gulf so my husband and I rately eat out when we are down there.Other family members do go out but often are disappointed in the touristy restaurants. We have friends who live near beach who have directed us to some good local restaurants for when we DO decide to eat out when there.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Expecting You

I am the first to admit that I don'tenjoy drawing or painting buildings. Measuring and perspective are just not fun to me. I do like parts of houses though.A porch, a window or a doorway are the perfect complement to the flowers I love. (Stress free!)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Purple Wall

Sometimes a pot of flowers can be a little ordinary so I try to think of something to spice up the painting.The original background for this was just a gray wall. By adding the lovely lilac and aqua color the overall effect is very pleasing.

Friday, June 9, 2017

INSPIRATION

Today is the last day of our beach vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama. This is our 11th year in the same beach house.Our family has grown to 19 people. It is a wonderful time for cousins to get to know each other well and bring up funny stories from the past between siblings. It is also a way  my husband and I to enjoy the results of all the years.
Back to painting next week!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Back Patio

I like to paint a little vignette as opposed to a panoramic view. Also I like nature added to some manmade things as a composition. This painting has the perfect combination of that, the flowers and the patio furniture complement each other.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Garden Party

Green is a tricky color. The color that comes out of the tube is usually artificial. The best greens
are made from mixing yellow and blue.I like to show a variety of greens from cool to warm. One of my favorite colors is one named Carribean Blue. It adds some excitement to a mostly green subject.

Monday, May 22, 2017

London Flowers

Although London is a big city, there are always flowers around. It seems like every street has places selling flowers and there are countless gardens and homes showcasing flowers. Maybe because the weather is always oomy, flowers are so important to the people there.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bountiful

i enjoyed painting this vase of flowers. I seemed to go back to watercolor techniques in this one.I so admire photorealistic paintings but know that is just not my style. So I will continue on my painting journey doing what is comfortable for me!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

White Blooms

I tend  to paint a lot of white flowers. I think it is because we most often think of bright colors for flowers but I like how many different colors can be found in a "white" flower. Sometimes the extra color is a true color; like a pink striping in a white tulip. Most often though it is a matter of lighting, whether sunlight or indoor lighting. These flowers take pattern to a whole new level.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Porch Play

i took a photo of these little girls in Mississippi many years ago. Tney were playing with toys and dress up clothes on a porch in a neighborhood near the college I attended.Even though it was a long time ago, the image is contemporary as there are still countless little girls playing on a hot summer afternoon.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spirit

in a small (6x6) painting the drama has to be something other than size. These pots of flowers could be ordinary; no exotic blooms. The trick is in the lighting and color to create the drama. By emphasizing the dark and light of the pots, The flowers take on a more interesting personality.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ford First

i don't often paint vehicles but I noticed this old truck when we delivered Meals on Wheels.It belongs  to the client's son and it is his pride and joy.I don't  know much about trucks but I have a feeling this one is pretty special. I like the yellow and red in the painting.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bird Vase

I am fond of  Asian blue and white vases. Not only the expensive rare ones but any that is found at a gift shop.Which  is a good thing because I couldn't afford the real thing! A flower arrangement takes on an elevated status when in one of these beauties. There are hundreds of different designs, ranging from realistic depiction of villages to more abstract designs.Painting  these is art within art!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Moonlight Garden

I didn't really start this painting as a night scene. As I painted I realized my color choices were on the cool side so I changed course. I think it makes the painting a little more unique. There is something exciting about the cool violets.

Monday, May 1, 2017

My Garden Blooms

i don't have a lot of flowers planted in my yard but I do have a few favorites. The purple iris were transplanted years ago from my parents' home in Mississippi. The tulips are planted each winter to bring some much needed spring and the daffodils are faithful to come back every year. These are some I picked and brought into the house. I always hate to see them fade as the week goes by. But there is always next year.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

In The Light

I have been fascinated with tulips since I was a child drawing on any spare paper I could find. I am sure I started with the typical zigzag representation but soon morphed into a more artistic version. I am still striving to find  the perfect tulip painting. Of course If I did that means I would have to stop; where is the fun in that?

Friday, April 28, 2017

She Loves Me

when I taught elementary school I might give an assignment to draw a vase of flowers. Invariably students would draw a vase, several straight lines with separate flowers. I encouraged them to look at a real vase of flowers and observe how the flowers were arranged in masses. The daisy picture above has individual flowers but they are all connected. They are differentiated by edges of petals, greenery and shadows and highlights. Although in a mass our brain sees individual flowers.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Summer Porch

I painted this watercolor some years ago.It hopefully conveys what a warm summer afternoon on a southern porch would be like. It ends up almost a primary color scheme minus the yellow.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Still Life

A few years ago I was one of a few who were asked to illustrate a church cookbook. One of my sections to illustrate was  a section on vegetables. I did several arrangements and this was one of my favorites i guess because I was able to sneak in some flowers!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

FULL DISCLOSURE

I remember all those years ago when Earth Day began. It had a kind of hippie like vibe; seems like everything back then did. I admit I wasn't always  aware of  how important it was. As I have grown older I  realize how much we need to take care of the earth. I now am so much more awed by the beauty of flowers and trees. I am lucky to live conveniently near the city with all of its conveniences but suburban enough to hear birds outside my windows and see squirrels scampering up and down trees.Flowers still excite me and am so blessed to be able to paint what I love.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sunflower Surprise

I used to think there was just one kind of sunflower- the stereotypical large yellow petaled , huge dark brown centered flower of illustrations. I now know of all the varieties. These sunflowers are the milder cousins to those showy flowers. Of course they have as much impact, just a little quieter, introverts!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Crowd Surfing

This is a detail from a larger painting. My favorite thing about the piece and also the larger painting is the relationship between all the colors. The aqua surface beneath the pots is a perfect color to show off the flowers. I could say it was all a perfect plan but sometimes the colors are a trial and error. This time I got it right first try. Lucky!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Old Fashioned Peonies

this watercolor painting of peonies was done a while ago in a class I took in Pennsylvania . The instructor brought in fresh flowers to class each time. It was a pleasure to paint such beauty.