Wednesday, July 21, 2010


The photo I used looks nothing like this, except for the inspiration. I only changed everything, I think! I wanted to feature those soft red-violet shadows, so I used light pink for the ground plane. The pot could so easily have added too much color to it, so I muted that, and enjoyed the colors of the foliage against the grass-green background. But I think the flowers win, don't you? I transplanted the pink flowers into it and added the white ones, then grabbed the trailing red flowered vines from somewhere...


And here's the whole collection of nine images, mocked up in the mat. It's outside dimension is 20" x 16". If you're interested in purchasing all nine matted and ready to frame, the price is $475. Contact me for purchase.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Blue Pot

I wanted to add a nice blue pot to the mix, so I cobbled together a couple of different images. I don't know what these flowers are called, but I really like the red and lavender with the blue--and I had to add a touch of yellow, too. Likewise on Arches 300 lb. cold press.


Sunday, July 18, 2010


Another of the Shady Spots series, this time a cooler collection of colors. It's also on Arches 300 lb. cold pressed. The purple and toasty brown please me--but it's the shadow I love!


Friday, July 16, 2010

Pink Geraniums

The next in the series of Shady Spot paintings, also on Arches 300 lb. cold press. I'm becoming more and more used to this wonderful paper. It really allows me to do transparent washes, as in the shadow lower left, or very opaque passages, as in the blossoms, and the light texture pleases me.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Morning Gold

I wanted to vary the backgrounds and colors of the flowers in this series because I'm considering grouping them into one 9-image mat, but for the moment they are still available individually--in case there is someone out there even considering purchasing one! I'm tempted to say "Limited Time Offer" but that's SO tacky! Besides, I figure no one is actually visiting this blog since I haven't had a comment in so long. For the record, this is on Arches 300 lb. cold press. I really like the combination of colors.


Friday, July 9, 2010

Dockside Daisies

You can probably see that this one is painted on Somerset Black Velvet from the edges around the pot in the shadow area, in particular. The lacy detail of the foliage around the daisies pleases me.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010


The textures in this painting arise from the Arches 300 lb. cold press paper and my dry brush techniques. How could I resist the orange-purple contrasts?

I can see all of the "shady spots and planted pots" together in one multiple-opening  mat and frame.


Monday, July 5, 2010

White Geraniums

I painted this on the rather slick surface of Bristol smooth, resulting in the lush paint in the flowers and the brushy look to the wall and ground. I'm enjoying different papers for the various results, and if I were more disciplined I'd likely think through the painting and choose paper based on the look. However, I freely admit to picking up whatever piece of paper I have on hand and using it for the next piece most of the time.


Friday, July 2, 2010


I've begun a small series of shady spots and flower pots and the azaleas are my first entry. It's done on Arches 300 lb. cold press watercolor paper. The original photo, which was from the Reference Image Library at WetCanvas, has a much fancier pot, but I kept it simple. I'm using some similarities in the dry brush strokes throughout the series, as you see in the flower pot here.