Rex Begonia, Dutch Iris

May 17, 2014 § 1 Comment

Watercolor 22"x30" Spring flowers plus indoor plants--a study in color contrasts, not what is usually on view in the garden at the same time.

Watercolor
22″x30″
Spring flowers plus indoor plants–a study in color contrasts, not what is usually on view in the garden at the same time.

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Stargazer

May 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Stargazer

Lilies are coming around again this year–many more to come in the next several weeks. Isn’t it interesting how plants come back year after year, the same in species, but each one a different individual? Many new paintings are now deep in the plants, growing every day toward full bloom.

Jonquils, Guinea Hen Flowers

May 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Watercolor, 19″x25″
These guinea hen fritillaries are the among the most interesting flowers I’ve ever painted. They bloomed for several weeks, each flower lasting about 10 days. The checkered pattern of the petals is just amazing: makes you speculate about the working of DNA to create a checkered petal. They remind me of the poem in praise of “dappled things.”

Forsythia, Quince, Oregon Grape Holly

May 10, 2014 § 2 Comments

Forsythia, Quince, Oregon Grape Holly

Once again, finally, Spring is coming back. It’s been a memorably long and severe winter, and the earliest flowers, like the forsythia, and the flowers of the Oregon grape holly, have never been more welcome. My garden had no quince shrub, and when other gardeners’ quince began to show color, plant envy led to yet another trip to the nursery. The color of quince flowers is unusual, a pink-orange-almost red that is rare in spring. In fact, I can’t think of another flower at this season that is anything like quince, hence its great allure in March.
Of course the pure yellow of forsythia is an icon of early spring, so much so that I was reluctant to make it a big part of a painting. However, there was no denying the pull of the opening buds, all alone in borders and highway plantings. As for Oregon grape holly, I had never had cut branches in the studio, and didn’t know that these unassuming little flowers have a sweet, resinous fragrance that is almost like turpentine, irresistible to bees, and now to me.

Hellebores and Tulips

May 2, 2014 § 1 Comment

Hellebores and Tulips

This is the full image of the painting of hellebores, tulips, and pussy willows. I showed a detail of this painting last week, but finally I have the full-size image.

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