Monday, February 26, 2024

1243. Adoring Spouse

 The daughter of a dear friend of mine recently became the owner of a lovely flower shop/market in Mequon, Wisconsin, La Terre.  Sally, who I've watched grow up and blossom, has an unbelievable talent for flowers and is one of Milwaukee's most gifted wedding florists.  She recently granted me permission to use La Terre's photos of floral arrangements as inspiration for my paintings.

This is Adoring Spouse, one of three floral arrangements sold as a group to celebrate three significant occasions, for instance Mother's Day, Birthday, Anniversary, etc.  I struggled with this painting because the arrangement was simply so beautiful that I felt I just couldn't do it justice.  I struggled because I didn't want to do it an injustice by reducing the detail of the gorgeous blooms, despite that being my goal.  I'll keep trying.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

1242. Birthday Confetti

 My birthday was a few days ago, and in between calls from family and friends, I was able to do two favorite activities on my birthday--paint and read.  The splash of white paint or "confetti" was an afterthought to bring good luck in the coming year.

Friday, February 2, 2024

1241. Ingenuity

 Happy Friday! I've been continuing my exploration of simplifing floral paintings. It's very difficult as I am a detail conscious person. In "Ingenuity" I picked an unexpected color for the background--pink and yellow? Also am experimenting with a black glaze wiped back to give an aged look. Must try a sepia color next. Color is a little exaggerated--can't seem to get it right today.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

1240. Farmgirl

 I received a beautiful floral arrangement recently from a friend.  It was from Farmgirl Flowers and full of beautiful pink and red flowers in a pretty pink vase with a ribbon.   It was a very cheery arrangement, and making this painting on a grey and dreary Chicago day really perked up my spirits.  I really don't like winter, and this was fun to paint.

 In case you are wondering, Farmgirl flowers never disappoints!  They ship beautiful arrangements anywhere in the country, sometimes in vases, other times in burlap, and I've never been disappointed on the sending or receiving end. The arrangements are unusual and often exotic and plentiful.

Friday, January 19, 2024

1239. Serendipity

 A good friend suggested that I make more paintings like 1237 Blissful, which has prompted me to explore (with a little confidence) a more abstracted version of florals, which is enjoyable but challenging.  I particularly like glazing at the very end, which is just simply adding a layer and then removing it, leaving bits of the color.  What do you think?

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

1238. Encore Performance

 If I had to guess, I'd say pears are the items most painted by artists.  Or maybe oranges?  Whatever.  I've painted pears in this bowl made by Jean Wells many times.  I think it's a perfect pearing.  Ha ha.

Friday, January 5, 2024

1237. Blissful

 This painting is a combination of summer garden flowers and imagination.  It's a little different for me, looser and more free style, and fun to paint.