Lady’s Slipper

June 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

The pink lady's slipper, one of the markers of spring in the woods.

The pink lady’s slipper, one of the markers of spring in the woods. This series of small watercolors, 7″ x 5″, was painted to benefit a small West Virginia educational foundation.

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Yellow Flag Iris

June 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

Another of the series of West Virginia wildflowers, created after several fine days of botanizing in the mountain woods, filled with fabulous wildflowers, only to be seen by those who know where to look. I was fortunate in having an expert guide, my cousin Heather, who has explored these woods for many years. Thanks, Heather!

Another of the series of West Virginia wildflowers, created after several fine days of botanizing in the mountain woods, filled with fabulous wildflowers, only to be seen by those who know where to look. I was fortunate in having an expert guide, my cousin Heather, who has explored these woods for many years. Thanks, Heather!

Asters, Salvia

August 4, 2014 § 2 Comments

So many flowers, so little summer. I'm painting all day, but more and more flowers need to be painted. A wonderful complaint to have, that's for sure!

Watercolor
10″x14″

So many flowers, so little summer! With a big show coming up, I’m painting all day and all evening. That’s a pretty nice complaint to have, isn’t it?

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.”

Star of Bethlehem, One Rose

April 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Star of Bethlehem, One Rose

A flower new to my watercolor work–not the rose, of course, which is a mainstay of the garden palette, but the Ornithogalum, called the Star of Bethlehem, which, in the painting, is the tall spires at the back. They are supposed to naturalize well, but only time will tell if that is true.

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.

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