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
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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I’m happy that my watercolor Acrobat has been juried into this year’s Texas and Neighbors regional show by Soon Warren. The exhibit will hang at the Irving Art Center in Irving, Texas from April 16 to May 14.
Irises form such interesting twisted shapes once they are past their prime. Acrobat is a study of one of these withering blossoms.
I’m happy to be included in the Botanicals show at the Georgetown Art Center, along with some other wonderful artists.
The show runs from March 4 – April 10. Anyone in the Georgetown Texas area, be sure to stop by! These are the four pieces in the show.
This is another rose that is blooming like crazy right now, named Louis Philippe. It looks a lot fuller and darker now than it does during the heat of summer. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of the bush for this one.
I am really enjoying doing these botanical studies.
Louis Philippe, about 6×6″, watercolor on Fabriano Artistico hot press
In 2016 I’m hoping to do a series of portraits of roses. We are having a very mild winter and several of my roses are still blooming, which means there’s a great opportunity to do some warm-up paintings. I’m especially fond of the old garden roses and this is one of them, called “Old Blush”. It’s often much paler, but in cool winter weather the color is more intense.
Old Blush, about 9×7 inches, watercolor on Fabriano Artistico Soft Press.
Here’s a photo of one of my Old Blush bushes. Nice and cheery on a December day, isn’t it?
About three years ago I was doing some botanical studies and lately have returned to them. I enjoy the close observation they require and as a gardener I am of course interested in all types of plant life. Seed pods are nice because they don’t change over the time it takes to draw or paint them and I can work from life without any photographs. Flowers and leaves change from hour to hour.
This is a study of Mexican Buckeye, I think. I’m not a super botanist, although I do try to pay attention! My subject was gathered from a shrub growing in a wild area not too far from my house.
6×8, graphite with touches of gouache on cream colored Stonehenge paper.
Lately I have gotten interested in botanical artwork, the result of realizing that work based on direct observation has always been an important part of my work, even when I was painting large abstracts. I’m also committed to finding my subject matter wherever I happen to be. For these two pieces I didn’t have to look any farther than the back yard.
I also prefer to paint my subjects as I find them, that is, not idealized, in the tradition of memento mori works. Sometimes I find things in fresh and full flower, but in November that is usually not the case. In the autumn, things have been through long hot summers and have been chewed on by insects, and are all the more interesting for it.
Here are a couple of recent pieces, some native Texas plants. Both of these are about 8×10 watercolors.
The first is turk’s cap, aka Malvaviscus drummondii. In the fall they form fruits as well as new flower buds. – SOLD
This second shows the leaves and acorns of some sort of oak. I’m not sure what kind it is that we have around here. Their leaves can vary so widely.
Happy Autumn to all!