Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
This camellia is just fabulous and flamboyant. The leaves are stiff and shiny and the flowers have such strong contrast between the red petals and the yellow stamens. Red is a difficult color to paint because it is so intense; to paint a dark red in shadow, the shadow has to be almost black and the light struck areas aren't really pink, they're still red. It's as though the colors are vibrating in a spectrum that can't be captured by mere paint.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
I enjoy painting late afternoon and twilight. The colors are harmonious and the whole scene is shifted to warm oranges and reds. This is a view of a creek near the Nisqually Wildlife refuge. Painted from photos I took on location.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Another pink camellia painting. The flowers are so dense and soft and the leaves are so stiff; there's a lot of textural contrast. I like the lights in the glass jar. These flowers last only a day or two in a bouquet, but will stay on the bush for a week. They are among the first flowers of spring.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Spring has come early to Puget Sound. The camellias are putting on a show. The flowers remind me of roses (but no scent) and the leaves are waxy and stiff. When the weather gets wet, as it often does in spring, the petals turn brown almost instantly. 12" x 12" On my ETSY store
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Another small painting of pushki. These large plants have white umbrella shaped clusters of flowers and are common in Alaska. This painting will be in a show at Artique Ltd gallery in Anchorage in September.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
A view of a low lying creek near chiniak on Kodiak Island, Alaska. At this point, the creek is tidal and bordered by black sand. A spruce forest covers the distant hills. I like the gray colors and misty sky.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Saturday, March 7, 2015
The carnations lasted beautifully and I managed to get several paintings. This is the last for a while; now I have flowers in the yard clamoring for my brush. The painting is a closeup of a simple bouquet with only part of the glass jar visible. I like the bright stiff red flowers against the gray background. I like the dark gray and how it contrasts dramatically with the light green of the flowers and stems. Painted from a still life I set up in my studio.
On my Etsy store