Daylilies, Mexican Petunias

July 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Deeper color as summer grows warmer, days long.

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Lilies

July 19, 2014 § 2 Comments

Spectacular lilies this year. Plus six weeks of bloom, who could ask for more? Ordering more lilies for next year.

Spectacular lilies this year. Plus six weeks of bloom, who could ask for more? Ordering more lilies for next year.

Dogwoods and Azaleas

July 4, 2014 § 2 Comments

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Watercolor

40″x30″

Dogwoods, that timeless favorite of spring, and azaleas, deserve lots of attention, and this spring I gave it to them. This a large painting for a watercolor, and painting at this size presents difficulties of many kinds. For instance, all the brushes need to be of different sizes than those used in “regular” watercolors, each image is larger and therefore the working area dries more slowly, and possibly unevenly. The number of flowers required to complete the planned painting is enormous. Many dogwood branches and azalea flowers went into creating this large painting, but, as Frida Kalho  said, “I paint flowers so they will not die.”

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