Daylilies, Mexican Petunias

July 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Deeper color as summer grows warmer, days long.

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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.”

Detail of Hellebores, Tulips

April 24, 2014 § 1 Comment

Hellebores, Tulips

Late winter verging early Spring used to be a nothing time in the garden. Since the hybridizers started working on hellebores, things have changed. Except for the recent and unlamented harsh winter, we can now have the extraordinary beauty of hellebores, in clear new colors, as early as February. This is the first time I’ve painted these wonderful plants and flowers, but it won’t be the last. This photo shows only a detail of the full painting.

Yellow Rose, 2 Red Tulips

January 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

One rose, two tulips.

One rose, two tulips.

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