12” x 9” acrylic
Poppies are one of my favorite flowers and these poppies with their almost “stained glass” quality just begged to be painted. Planted in a mountain garden just outside of an old barn, I was intrigued not only by the colors but the rhythm of the “swirling skirts” and “bobbing heads” which reminded me of a barn dance. I composed this painting to draw your eyes through the picture plane like you were looking at a line of sheet music with its inherent rising and falling notes – still in keeping with the musical theme.
Sunflower with Lady Bugs, Monarch Butterflies, Bees, a Crab Spider, and a Flower Chafer
13.5″ x 10.5″ watercolor
Sunflowers are the symbol of the summer. When farmers bring the flowers to the market, I feel that the summer has arrived. There are many bees from the park near the market that gather on the smiley sun face of the flower. It must have very sweet nectar to attract the bees, and I imagined that butterflies, beetles, spiders, and lady bugs get together spending their busy afternoon when the sunflowers were still in the field.
30” x 16” oil on canvas
After a cold, grey winter, during which I had spent my time painting monochromatic shore birds shown in the colorless light of dawn, we bought a bunch of yellow tulips to brighten the house for Easter. The warmth and life that they brought to the house lifted my spirits and I knew immediately what the subject of my next painting would be.
10.5″ x 14.5″ watercolor
Two Roses” is the title of my accepted painting. It is a watercolor on paper, my painting medium of choice. I love the marvelous, sometimes approaching the magical, fluid-ness of the paint. In this painting two pink roses stand in a wine-bottle vase on a kitchen counter, amidst containers of cleaners in front of a dark window. Simple things of common and everyday beauty, simple truths that resonate and bring meaning to where we are, where we’ve been, where we’re going. My pleasure is in looking for and finding beauty, celebrating the notion that beauty is everywhere, everyday, all around us, if only the time is taken to look and to see.
Three Zinnia Blossoms
24” x 24” acrylic on canvas
My focus in this painting and in many other flower paintings I have created is close and detailed photo-realistic description to capture the vibrant colors and the surreal and abstract qualities of flower images, to emphasize an other-worldliness within the reality of this one.