These daylilies were everywhere in Cape Cod last July. They are the essence of summer, bright and cheerful. I pumped up the background color quite a bit so it jumps off the wall.
I painted this with a client in mind, one who likes poppies. He bought it, and now the poppies have a good home. I love how the red poppies vibrate against the turquoise sky. They almost jump off the canvas.
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 a wonderful marsh with a bright blue creek running through it that can only be photographed standing on top of a fence on a highway with many cars rushing by. Quite a challenge! I try to paint it every year when we visit Cape Cod. You are looking out towards Cape Cod Harbor here.
When we stayed in Tuscany, this was our view of Pienza from the villa. Can you imagine how wonderful it would be to have this view of a golden medieval town every morning while you drink your coffee! I can't imagine ever getting tired of it.
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
(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!
I painted this on a cloudy day, and the sunflowers really added some sunshine.
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I caught the last light over the lake in this painting. The sky was glowing and the water shimmered with oranges and pinks. The dark tree skeleton and shore anchored the scene.
Have you ever visited Sanibel Island, better known as shell island? It is a beautiful place off the Florida coast near Fort Myers. You can drive to it over the water. The bougainvillea were gorgeous, and we shelled on the beach for hours and hours. There are alligators too! Below you can see the photo I used for this painting.
I've been enjoying working with orange and decided to make a painting about orange. So, there are all different oranges here, dark and light, opaque and transparent. And then there is the kick with the complement colors. This orange hibiscus is a bright beacon floating in a sea of dark blue-purple.