I decided to go for drama with these poppies, with a big contrast between light and dark. This is a small painting. it would be fun to paint a really large one. It would make quite a statement on white walls!
It's iris time again in Dallas. This is an iris patch in my neighborhood that I paint every spring. I went bigger this time, 20 X 20 inches. The iris sparkle in different colors in the sun- blue violet, red violet and various pinks. The leaves are bright green in the sun but go to blues in the shade.
These two are going to a very dear friend, and I am delighted that she will own them. I painted these for my birthday in 2017. I visited the Dallas Arboretum in February and everything was blooming. I did some watercolor sketches on site and then made oil paintings in my studio. When I went to the Arboretum on my birthday this year (2018), nothing was blooming but the winter pansies! Maybe February 2018 will be better..........
This is a scene that I revisit yearly, a Lady Banks rose growing on my pecan tree. I did a lot of the painting a year ago but couldn't seem to finish. When it bloomed this year, I figured out how to complete it. I'm planning on entering it in the Dutch Art Gallery spring show. Wish me luck on getting in.
My yellow Lady Banks rose is blooming. I trained it up the pecan tree in the backyard. Last year's blooms were not very special, but this season looks like it will really be showy. Time to paint it again!
I am working on creating a painting of the houses on my street in the early evening when the light is fading. There is a lot of architecture in this scene and there is more work to be done. There is also more color in the lawn than you see here, purples, etc.. But, I think I am close. These are lovely old homes.
This is a plein air painting I did standing above a bluebonnet field near Fredericksburg, Texas. The private road that meanders through these fields of grazing cattle and bluebonnets is called the Willow City Loop. This is the prettiest site on the road. We were told by a local rancher not to wander into the field due to rattlesnakes hiding under the flowers!
This is a field of lavender and sunflowers were we painted in Provence. This is the first large studio painting I have done of this scene. I wish you could smell the perfume and hear the bees buzzing. What a wonderful day, plein air painting in this very spot.
I have pretty much sold all my plein air paintings from Spain. They were a hit at my show here at the dental school last fall. This one is still in my inventory. This is an overlook in the ancient city of Toledo with a real Roman bridge in the distance. It is still in use! The building on the top of the cliff is an old monastery.
This was the view out my front window when we stayed in Wellfleet, MA last summer. I did several watercolors of the roses, and this is my first oil painting. I am very happy with my knife roses!
I did a small painting of this Santa Fe scene and decided to go bigger for my show. There was a super moon that night so it was pretty big at dusk. This scene has almost every Santa Fe feature- chamisa, juniper, adobe and mountains!
I am getting ready for a show at the UT Southwestern Medical School Faculty Club in March. So, I am concentrating on creating larger paintings for the show. I did a small 5X7 of this image a while ago and decided to go big with it. My hairdresser supplied the flowers!
This is the amazing rose garden at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. You can see some of the palace in the background and the orange trees in the garden. The roses there were as a big as dinner plates.