Florals . . . playing with flowers
Painting flowers for over 25 years--in watercolors and oils has been pure delight. Generally my flower paintings are of fresh cut stems and blooms, or sometimes, of gifted bouquets. Below I've grouped some flower paintings according to the type of flower . . . hope to give you a sense of how many ways there are, for example, to paint a rose.
A couple of my most recent paintings . . .
Roses Galore!Across the years I frequently cut and bring into my studio, the last of the roses (at pruning time) and the first rose as spring unfolds . . . and of course, anytime of year in California is time to paint roses. Here are just a few.
Abstraction has not been my favorite form of art ... until I began abstracting roses.I painted from the same white rose in different mediums and values. Notice the change in value shifts, e.g. extreme darks & lights vs use of all mid-tones. Find the one notched pedal in both paintings--and see how I shifted the rose, painting each from a different viewpoint. I had to take an image of this rose in order to manage this experiment. Looking further, you will see two more abstracted rose painting. I love playing a bit like Georgia O'Keeffe with my roses.
California Poppies ... white & yellowA favorite of mine, whether in the fields or in a garden at home.
Chamisa yellow calls out to me, yet the structure itself provides great interest to my artist's eye.
Morning Has Broken48 x 48, oil on canvas, commissioned by First Congregational Church, UCC, Claremont, CA where it resides in the large entryway to the sanctuary.
The joy of painting all kinds of flowers continues . . . including some honorees in a couple of competitions--one in Florida and another in Southern California.
Awarded Best of Show (below)It was a marvelous experience to paint with over 100 Central Florida's artists and then to win this honor with my painting of an area lily pond.
And other lilies!
Magnolias!Living in Southern California, and parts of Florida, I found these magnificent trees. In Kansas, where I grew up, we had a spring flowering tree we called a tulip tree with very similar flowers. Whether 'tulip' or magnolia trees, I'm grateful to live among them.
Orchids, hollyhocks, sunflowers,and hydrangeas ... and more
High Key vs Low Key paintings--it's all about light and how the artist chooses to portray it in a painting.Playing with Hydrangeas (below).
Playing with watercolor and pen & ink--and a small piece of watercolor paper.