Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pink Peonies in Green


This was an exploration of green - a color that is important to master if you are painting florals. I also used the green to help make the complimentary reddish peonies vibrate.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Harvesting Bulbs

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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.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Hydrangea in Round Glass

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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.

Monday, December 12, 2016

December Roses

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I am paying more attention to value, realizing that it is by far the most important component of a  realistic painting. Take away color, and you would still know that these were flowers in a vase. But take away the values, and the work goes "flat" and becomes abstract. Interesting, don't you think?

Saturday, August 6, 2016


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Loved how leggy these petunias got, and decided to paint them. There was a movement and airiness to them that I found so beautiful. Not to mention their color.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Kitchen Basics

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My dad recently sold his house. I ended up with lots and lots of stuff, including an electric mixer, which became the centerpiece and inspiration for this still life. It is most complicated composition to date.