Went to the farmer's market with my husband and our boys last weekend. I was thrilled to find these beautiful reddish-purple scallions. I have used the white variety many times, but had never used these before. It is so much fun to discover new things, especially foods! I found them beautiful--love inspiration in any form!
I used a brush for the first time in at least a year; they just seemed to call for it. The brush felt really good to use for a change--enjoyed the looseness.
This was a commissioned piece done for a couple who travel a lot and were just home from Italy. The image captured a whimsical moment of theirs, and was a unique photo taken on a trail in Cinque Terre that connected the village of Monteresso with Vernazza. The lock was added from another photo on Via dell' Amore that spelled out their names with a heart in the middle. (And you know I'm loving the blue!)
My sister lives in San Francisco, and our mom has been there visiting. Was missing her more than usual this week, so decided to do this painting. Used an app I learned about from a wonderful artist named Julie Ford Oliver called Paper Canvas. This allowed me to see the photo in a new way, and I really enjoy the finished painting. Hope you do too!
Love the peaceful and subtle feeling of this painting. The Cone Flower is one of my favorites and not only because of it's name! They are so easy to grow and I love the bright pink and orange combination in my garden. Took this photo last year and decided to paint it as I anxiously await the opening of this years flowers!
There are irises planted in a few areas of my yard, but the entire North-East side is dedicated to them. I fondly call it the "iris garden" side of the house (which is a bit of an exaggeration), and so enjoy the spring/early summer display of yellows, peaches, and purples. There are a few spots of these smaller Japanese Irises that were transplanted from my mom's garden and I just love them.
One section happened to grow in this line of six, and I thought it was a great composition. Perhaps I should have started with painting one iris, as they were quite complicated to paint, especially with a knife! However, I am so proud of the final painting and definitely feel I stretched myself as an artist with this one. I hope you enjoy it!
This is part two in an elephant triptych, done as a commissioned companion piece to a previous painting I had done. The whole process just flowed so easily from the sketch to the color mixing to the loose knife strokes. I strayed from the five colors I have been using for about two months and brought out some of my old favorites to mix with. Happiness all around--do you see it?
Check back soon to see the third piece. All of these paintings will be awaiting a new baby boy.
Warm weather was missed and is so appreciated now that it has arrived. It is amazing how one can learn to function and live without the colors, sounds, and smells of warmth. Especially love having the fresh air blowing through the house again.
The alliums have already bloomed, but I was lucky enough to catch them as they had just started opening. Like a bouquet to help remember this time of year and to be kept forever! Next up are the irises blooming in their yellows and purples and all of the pink peonies!