Link Garden Falls

This is another view of the Japanese Maple falls and pond at the arboretum. It would be easy to mistake the bright spring color of the maples for autumn.

 

Garden Falls – 6×6 inches, acrylic and oil on panel

Link Champagne

This was a warm-up for the plein air session in my last post. The subject was a heuchera that had just come home from the garden center. This variety is called “Champagne”, so I’m going with that for a title. I love the colors in these leaves – they emerge a combination of pale orange and magenta, and age to a subtle green and buff.

Champagne – 6×6 inches, acrylic and gouache on panel SOLD

 

Link Poppies

North Haven Gardens kindly invited me to do some painting at their nursery today. There was a gorgeous abundance of blooms, as you would expect. I thought I’d better hurry up and paint the poppies first, before they are over. I’ll be going back again for more blossoms.

Poppies – 6×6 inches, acrylic and gouache on panel. $108 plus $10 shipping and handling.

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Link Garden Spring

This is a little waterfall in the Dallas Arboretum that is surrounded by Japanese maples. I wanted to bring out the vital freshness of the new spring growth in those water plants. They glowed.

Garden Spring – 6 x 8 inch acrylic and oil on panel

Link In the Shade

Another one of the little landscapes. This is another of those “spontaneous” landscapes. I kind of think the spontenaity is in the way the paints arrange themselves, not in me. I can’t help but see things I recognize in the shapes the water and paint make.

In the Shade – 6×6 inches, acrylic and oil. $108 plus $10 shipping and handling.

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Link regrowth

​This is one of a series of artworks that focus on scars on tree trunks. The light is warm, the forest is quiet the trauma is over. The tree’s old wounds are healed, although they will always be visible. One stump is even sprouting new growth.

Regrowth – 6×6 inches, oil on panel – $108 plus shipping and handling

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Link acrobat

This is another watercolor of irises that are past their prime and are all the more interesting because of it. The dried blossom dangled from the flower sheath and made me think of a daring circus act. Here the death-defying feat is a special act of bravery because it is the final one. The twirling old flower is hanging on by thin filaments and will inevitably fall. It is lovely in its final hours.

Acrobat – 18×12 watercolor on archival paper – $150 plus shipping and handling

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Link chinese photinia

These shrubs usually fade into the background. When they bloom all frothy white, you notice how glossy their green leaves are, and that there are sparks of red in there, too. They remind me of quiet people who don’t demand attention, but when you talk to them you realize how interesting they are.

This piece is painted in oil over a sealed watercolor background. The watercolor gives a feeling of atmosphere that oil alone does not.

Chinese Photinia – 6×8 oil and watercolor on archival paper – $70 plus shipping and handling.
This piece is matted and ready for a 9×12 inch frame.

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Link Gerber Daisy

This particular daisy has come back in my garden for five years now. I only wish it would multiply so it could be divided to make more of them. It is a beautiful orange sherbet color.

This is another botanical rendering that is done in oil on a sealed watercolor background. The watercolor gives the finished piece a distinctive atmospheric quality.

Gerber Daisy – 6×8 inch oil and watercolor on archival paper

Link Snapdragon

Snapdragons take me back to my childhood, when I used to play with the flowers. If you pinch them, you can make their jaws snap and pretend you have a pretty little dragon friend. We used to make hollyhock dolls and daisy chains, too. Once a nature lover, always a nature lover!

This is another piece painted in oil on a sealed watercolor background. The effect is different than what can be painted with oils alone.

Snapdragon – 6×8 inch oil and watercolor on archival paper – SOLD