Link Fall Chrysanthemums

Last November I did a daily plein air project, going to the Arboretum every day. One day the place was full of containers of the most brilliant chrysanthemums. This piece captures some of that clear autumn light and the fiery color of the flowers. It is painted in gouache, which is a kind of opaque watercolor and a favorite medium of mine. The completed painting was waxed for protection, which means that this gouache can be framed without glass like an oil or acrylic painting.

Fall Chrysanthemums – 5×7 inch gouache on panel, $105 plus $10 shipping and handling.

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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 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 Pavane

A watercolor for a change. These are a couple of irises that have gotten to what I call the “fist” stage. They are not totally dried out, but are well past the prime of their lives. Irises at this stage form such interesting shapes with many wrinkles and veins. These two looked like they were involved in a stately dance.

 

Link serene iris

The pale primrose and white coloring of this iris made me want to make the painting of it as simple, quiet and subtle as I could.

 

Serene Iris – 12×6 inches, oil on panel – SOLD

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