Friday, April 28, 2017

Birds in Repose




Birds surrounded by garlands of marigolds.
Trying to approach things with a looser hand.
Two new large watercolor paintings in my Etsy shop 
which now offers guest checkout, no need to create an account!
Have a great weekend all!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Satin Bowerbird




I started this painting a long time ago and never finished it.
Usually I give up and move on but this week I decided to work on it again.
I find Bowerbirds fascinating. They are quite organized collectors.
Apparently, the Satin Bowerbird prefers blue. Who can blame him? Don't we all?
He presents his bounty in little piles, artfully arranged to woo his lady love.
It's quite romantic when you think about it. 
This watercolor painting measures 18 x 24 inches.
I just added him to my shop.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Sketchbook




I forgot to post these pages from my sketchbook last week.
Vibrant colors, bright tulip paintings and patterns from my week working in Florida.
A little palette departure, I know, but I don't know if I really have a consistent palette.
I'm open to what's around me and this is what happens when I 
leave the grey skies and dormant landscape of Virginia, 
and step into a tropical paradise. Sometimes the eye has to travel.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Jardin Potager


Illustrations I painted for the March issue of Better Homes & Gardens!
A lovely article on gardener and Author, Ellen Ecker Ogden
and her dreamy jardin potager.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Negatives Into Positives




Turning Negatives into positives.
Working on some new silhouettes.
My autumn silhouettes now available as fabric.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Beetles!



Just added these two beauties to my shop.
Framed and ready to hang!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Sketchbook

Sunday sketchbook: salon walls and silhouettes.

I've always admired the visual impact of salon style hanging of pictures.

More is more an less is a bore, no?

It's how I've always imagined my work would best present itself.

Grouped in the company of other work, a carefully curated collection,

creating a new narrative particular to the owner.

It's how I hang art at home and you might be surprised to know that
I don't have a lot of my own work hanging - one wall of vintage frames 
from the old studio that I've been working on and a few other pieces here and there.
I truly enjoy collecting the work of other artists.

These notions seemed to permeate my sketchbook this week,
and became patterns and possibly backgrounds for other paintings to come.