This was such an exciting piece to work on. I fell in love with the vase and all the reflected light on it and in it. Snapdragons are like sculpture and so I could pile on the paint. Cosmos, on the other hand, are soft whispers of color and so when painting them, I indulged in the gentle placement of pinks an whites. I love my job.
Conca D'Oro, our local pizzeria, has been in business for over 40 years. Word of the restaurant's closing was rumored around town for the past few years, but the official announcement came early this summer. I hear that the new owners are promising to keep the recipes... one can only hope. The look of the business I am sure will change. So here is my homage to my favorite pizza place and to the wonderful family behind it. They have finally decided "to-go!"
The architecture in the village of Sag Harbor, NY, is breathtaking and of late, my muse. This is the Latham House, built in 1790. It was designed with a residence above and a commercial story at street level. The structure is typical of a Sag Harbor merchant's house of the Federal Period. Today is stands with so much majesty and continues to grace Main Street.
The sentiment here is the circle of life; the changing of the seasons and man's interaction with nature in all her phases. 'Harvesting Bulbs," celebrates that cycle as the lush dark tulips wither and the bulbs grow robust with vitality for next year's blooms. There is something magical about putting those onion-like orbs in the ground only to be elated when the first green tips poke up through the dirt months later.
This was an experiment with different shapes in a single composition. The round vase, the oval table, the rectangular ledge in the background and the triangular cone shape of the hydrangeas themselves.