What a joy it was for me to be asked to paint this for someone to give as a gift! My greatest desire was to capture the happiness that both the young man and his mother were feeling on his wedding day. I think you can see this in her beautiful face and the closeness of his embrace. It began as a black and white painting, using just three colors: ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, and white. I chose to make the skin tones less gray and warmer so that there would be more radiance.
This is a commission and will be a special gift for the dog's owner. This is Chloe on her treadmill before she crossed over the bridge. It is such a privilege to be asked to paint subject matter that will be so loved by the recipient.
This unusual flower is a Confederate Rose. When it opens it is white and as it ages it becomes a pink flower. You can see that this one is already beginning to change. The plant that produced this bloom is about ten feet tall and loaded with flowers in various stages of color. I hope to have some growing in my yard by next spring, and blooming next fall. My friend Teej, who is an excellent, highly published author on Civil War history, is giving me some cuttings from hers. There are several versions of a legend about these flowers and Confederate soldiers.
It's really fun choosing these at the grocery store because of the color, shape and size variations. it's even more fun to paint them as I discovered on this first attempt, painting this fast and loose. The most fun however, is eating them afterward. Who was it that said, "eat is part of the word create"?
This painting is by my good friend Sara and I received it today in the mail. It is an oil painting, done entirely with a painting knife. I decided that I would like to try painting and Sara was my first teacher when I began with water color. She recently switched form watercolor to oils and paints every day. I don't get to see her anymore because she has gone to live near one of her daughters in Wisconsin. Sara is almost 89 years old now. You can imagine how thrilled I was to receive this. It is a scene from a very famous tulip garden, taken a few years ago when Sara and I traveled with a group to the Netherlands. We met the woman in the painting at KeukenhofGardens, where she works with the tulips every day.
I hope that I am still painting when I am eighty-nine!
You cannot tell from this painting but these little pears are the cutest size, only two and a half to three inches tall. Maybe I'll paint them again tomorrow with something else so their size will be evident. I almost expected them to start talking to me- okay, not really, but they really are quite appealing.
Take Nothing For Granted Sold
12/120 paintings from life
I am still enjoying the Hydrangeas blooming beside the porch and I guess painting them is my way of being thankful that they are still as beautiful as they were all summer. Last year they continued to bloom until December but you never know when they might stop this year.
6 x 6 in. oil on Gessobord
All my 6x6's are marked down because November is
my birthday month and a great time to shop for gifts.
Let me know if you find one in a previous post and I will change the paypal button
I know this looks like a church, which it probably was, but now it is a playmakers theater and is across the street from the park where I painted this during Tim Horn's workshop. I still have a little finishing work to do on this and I may post it again when it is done.
This painting is being donated to the Festival Of Trees at the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst, NC. which benefits the Sandhills Children's Center, " helping children with disabilities grow up to be ordinary." My painting will be a part of the One Eleven Main vignette, which has a picnic theme this year. OEM is the beautiful store that sells many of my paintings and they always do a fabulous job of displaying the beautiful and unique items from their store. Visitors will be able to bid on their setup in its entirety, and last year(which also included one of my paintings) it got raves and made a large amount of money for the Children's Center. The Festival goes from Nov. 8-15 and last year had 10,000 patrons, so let's make it 12,000 this year!
These radishes were really getting bright light on them and I like the way the blue makes them look as if the sun is on them. I used a warmer blue, (cobalt) and there is just a bit of yellow peeking through. It's my birthday month so I am selling all my six by six inch paintings for just fifty- five dollars. Let me know if there is one from the past that you are interested in and I'll change the paypal button for you.