I am just about done with this painting, maybe some minor changes yet. I plan to submit this for a peer-reviewed fall show with the theme of "hidden" things. My "hidden" would be the end of the path.
These are my neighbor's iris that I see across the street, glowing in the morning and evening. I was attracted to the play of the light and shadows on the plants. I did a small one first and then decided to do a large one for my October show at the Baylor Health Sciences Library. The reception is on October 6 from 6:30 to 8:30.
I captured these pansies at the Dallas Arboretum. Pansies are so cheerful with their happy faces. Looking at these throughout the day would keep your spirits up.
I took a plein air art class in Cape Cod a few summers ago and painted Vivian's (teacher) flowerbed with pastels (chalk). She had us do an exercise where we randomly made strokes on paper for 30 minutes. It was a really good loosening up exercise. The painting process then flowed more effortlessly. This second time, I painted the scene with oils for permanence but kept the brilliance of pastel colors with lots of bright, transparent oils. It is painted on the sides too so does not require framing.
I passed by these lovely hibiscus flowers every day on my vacation in Cape Cod. While painting I noticed that I was creating the look of a pastel (chalk) with my oil paints. So, I made sure to keep that look.
This is the sixth (and last) ink and water color painting of home tour houses I created this summer. They are for the 2016 Vickery Place Home Tour. Below is the information about this home tour.
This event takes place on Saturday Nov 5th from noon to 4pm. They are featuring 6 homes ranging from one that dates back to Vickery Place’s beginnings in 1912 to new homes. They also have a variety of home styles as well – Craftsman, Tudor, modern Prairie. Tour proceeds will benefit the SPCA of Texas, PTA for Robert E Lee Elementary School and Vickery Place neighborhood improvements. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on tour day. http://www.vickeryplace.com/home/2016-home-tour
I painted this several years ago on a painting trip to France. Although the weather was cool in May, all the trees were blooming. I think the purple one is a jacaranda and the pink is a horse chestnut. What a lovely frame for the Eiffel Tower which is breathtaking itself. Great Day!
(c)Tropical Red, White & Blue by Ann McCann 12 X 16 Oil, 2016
This was a 4th of July bouquet that I admired. I originally planned to paint the flag behind the flowers but decided that would be too busy. I love all the bright reds, oranges and blues. This is for a room that needs a little punch to it!
In August we visit my Mother-in-law in Storrs, CT. Nearby is Horsebarn Hill on the University of Connecticut campus. The clouds were gorgeous the day we visited and were the perfect backdrop for the distant mountains and the cattle roaming the pasture.
Every August we have a large family get-together in Cape Cod, MA. This is a typical scene in Wellfleet where we stay, beautiful colonial houses and lovely flowers. These are sunflowers in the New England style (not Texan, smaller).
It is still 100 degrees here in Texas so I decided to feature another snow painting. I loved working with all the beautiful blues and purples on the "white" snow. Actually the snow is yellow, pink, orange, blue, purple........................... This one hangs in my breakfast room!
I created this in a 30 day painting challenge where I painted a rose every day. This is one of my favorites, a white rose. White light is actually a rainbow of colors and so is my rose, glowing in the center.
It's 100+ degrees in Texas right now and walking along this snowy path looks pretty good. I created an "aurora borealis" look to the interior of the forest, moving mysterious colors. The paint is nice and thick. This is for sale on my website, as well as a smaller version that I painted first.
Every year my hot pink cone flowers take over more of my flower beds. They are spectacular when all are in bloom. I just let them have their way. Usually there are several butterflies on them. Notice the small one on the close up below.