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

Link Purple Prairie Clover

A lovely wildflower that wears its tiny blossoms like a wreath around its head. The stems and leaves are wiry, which makes for and interesting linear breakup of the picture space.

This is one of a series of botanical works painted in oil on sealed watercolor backgrounds. The watercolor adds a beautiful atmosphere to the finished piece.

Purple Prairie Clover – 6×8 inch 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 columbine

Columbines are one of my favorite flowers. Those spurs are both elegant and crazy. This image was designed purposely with the flowers off center, so that the spaces around them would form interesting shapes.

These flowers are actually growing in my garden. They are “Texas Gold” columbines, a particularly tough variety that actually survives our hot hot summers here.

Columbine – 6×8 oil and watercolor on archival paper – SOLD

Link light reading

Sofia is a frequent model for my Friday night group so I have painted her several times. This session, she sat flipping through a magazine and I really responded to the pose. I like poses that are less “arty” and more like real life. Her sundress with the cute print fit right in with the feeling of fun, relaxed leisure time.

Light Reading – 11×8.5 watercolor on archival paper – $80 plus shipping

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Link morning person

This model has only posed for our group once, as far as I know. She maintained this bright eyed and cheerful look for the entire three hour session, which is very hard to do. It makes me think that it must be reflective of her personality, the way her features naturally fall into this expression. She looks full of optimism, eager to embrace the day. I painted her in happy pinks and greens to reflect her attitude.