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 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 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.
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.
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.
Flaming red-orange quince bushes are the very earliest sign of spring in Dallas. There are not very many of them, probably too old fashioned. I am lucky to have a beautiful one on my street, in front of a lovely arts and crafts house.
This is a plein air painting I did last week which features the skyline of the Cathedral of Seville, the 3rd largest gothic building in Europe. I wanted to capture the mystery of it against the glowing sky. I also want to portray how spiky these gothic buildings are! They are all points and scary gargoyles.
This is another plein air painting from my wild flower tour, April 2016, in South Texas.