Smaller than standard Hyacinth and growing lower to the ground these are pretty flowers. Their long spikey leaves lie on the ground and mix with the ground cover. It looks like the leaves have collapsed in exhaustion, but the flower is strong and beautiful.
My lilacs are just beginning to open. I hope we get more sun tomorrow! 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped canvas. $100.00 firstname.lastname@example.orgSOLD
One of the many wonderful things about having daughters is shopping together. Seems like a long time since Bree and I shopped together, but we made it to Kenwood Mall in Cincinnati. Who in the world could pass by the Godiva Chocolate store without going in? They were hand dipping these tiny white chocolate treats. The miracle is that the tart lived all the way home and made into my studio alive. Had we hit heavy traffic we would have devoured it in frustration. It's so tiny it fit perfectly on a little plate made for a pat of butter. The tulip is from Bree's garden and she reluctantly allowed it to be cut. "Bree those purple tulips are beautiful, can I have one to paint?" Well "yes" she replied "but do you mean you want to cut it?" I guess so, and here it is! Wish my daughter Julie could have been here to share the day. She's coming in for a visit soon, shopping is definitely on the agenda.
Oh and about the Godiva? Gone but not forgotten! Chocolate works.
The sun on the tulips this afternoon was brilliant. It seemed as if the entire garden was celebrating, so that's the way I painted it. 6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00 email@example.com
Finally Spring made it to the midwest. Everything is in bloom. The little pink flowers in the vase are off of the plum tree in our back yard. The little white flowers are from a pear tree in the front yard. One of the prettiest things about the Cincinnati area in the spring is the Pear trees. They are to this area what the Cherry Blossom trees are to Washington D C. For a week or so these white blossomed trees really show off. The delphiniums I painted a few days ago are still ok, but this may be their last day. So here it is, spring, sunshine, and a little warmer weather. So nice.
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This old bowl/dish was a find in an antique store. It is covered with patina and remains a mystery metal. The outside is a burnished brown and the screws that hold the handles on are worn. I wonder about it. It's the second time I've painted it, it's history remains a secret. The seashells were just purchased in a bag of mixed shells and I've been meaning to get to them.
It rained today, no bright light. I like chromatic greys of this piece, and mixed them using permanent rose with a little Winsor Green and white. A quiet painting.
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It's strange, as an artist I usually think I don't miss much when it comes to things to paint. We have lived here for more than nine years, and I must have looked at my neighbor's Magnolia tree a thousand times, not giving it much thought. This year it refused to be ignored. It is spectacular and loaded with blooms. It must be all of the rain we've had this year. This morning the light breeze made it seem as if the light was dancing across the petals.
Thanks to Jerry and Kathy for letting me get a close up peek at these beauties!
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This is a larger piece than I usually post, it just refused to fit on a small canvas. These are not blooming yet, so they were purchased in a small bouquet. Placed in a sunny window the blues really are vibrant. I hope I've captured their color. 12"X12" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $100.00 email@example.comSOLD
The warm weather yesterday prompted a deck clean-up. I was picking up one leaf, twig, vine and seed at a time. Himself reminded me that yes, we did own a broom and didn't I want to sweep? Sweep!? No, that thought never crossed my mind! I placed the crunchy rubble on the table imagining a still life. The other treasures were inside. The raku pumpkin was a purchase from a gallery when we lived in Wisconsin. The little shoe is from an antiques store in Lebanon, Ohio. It was missing it's partner, but it had good patina and why did I need two anyway? It's been around awhile but the opportunity to place it in a painting never seemed to present itself.
So this morning it all came together in a still life. Just everyday stuff really except for the little shoe. How many little ones wore it? The leather is too soft and worn to be used by just one baby. Girl or boy? Where are they now? If they are gone did they have a good life?
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I needed to take a break from oils. I missed the swishing sound of the brush as it swirled through the water for a rinse. When we lived in Michigan there was a screened in porch where I painted during the summer months. Sometimes it was so quiet I could only hear the sounds of the painting. The sound of the squirt bottle used to wet the paper. The gliding of the brush on a smooth watercolor palette, and the crunchy paper towel used to mop up the runaway water. Hours would pass but I never noticed.