When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

Wildflowers

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Mt. St. Helen’s Indian Paintbrush

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Mt. St. Helen's Indian Paintbrush, 14 x 20 inches watercolors

Mt. St. Helen’s Indian Paintbrush (Washington), 14 x 20 inches watercolors in progress. The mountain and central areas may need to be darker, but I’m going to set this aside for a few days and come back to it.

Lower left detail of Mt. St. Helen's Indian Paintbrush

 

Mt. Walker Rhododendrons

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Mt. Walker, WA Rhododendrons, 22W x 15H inches WC on 140 lb cold pressed premium

Mt. Walker, WA wild Rhododendrons

22W x 15H inches WC on 140 lb cold pressed premium. Details:

Mt. Walker, WA Rhododendrons, upper left detail Mt. Walker, WA Rhododendrons, upper right detail

On exhibit

Friday, July 9th, 2010


 

Dandelions, 16 x 20 acrylics on canvas, dark brown wood frame with red trim design. Total size 22 x 28 inches Dandelions, detail Bonsai Garden, Chinese Garden, Singapore 9 x 12 inches graphite on paper Milkweed Melody, 27H x 33W inches framed Oil Pastels on 140 lb cold pressed premium watercolor paper Seasonal, 36 x 24 x 2 inches acrylics on canvas, gallery wrapped sides painted, narrow frame

On exhibit at Oxide Gallery, Denton, TX

Dandelions among the Tulips, 16 x 20 acrylics on canvas, dark brown wood frame with red trim design. Total size 22 x 28 inches, Bonsai Garden, Chinese Gardens, Singapore  9 x 12 inches graphite on paper  Milkweed Melody, 27H x 33W inches framed Oil Pastels on 140 lb cold pressed premium watercolor paper, Seasonal, 36 x 24 x 2 inches acrylics on canvas, gallery wrapped sides painted, narrow frame

Merging Visions Exhibition

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010


 

  The Fourth of July 03, 27H x 33W inches Oil Pastels on 140 lb cold pressed premium watercolor paper, brassy-gold frame

Milkweed Melody, 27H x 33W inches framed Oil Pastels on 140 lb cold pressed premium watercolor paper 

Partnering with poet Christina Smith and her poem, Earth’s Love Song Milkweed Melody is showing April 1st – 30th at the VAST (Visual Arts Society of Texas) and Denton Poets Assembly collaborative event, Merging Visions Exhibition, with art and poetry at both the Emily Fowler and North Branch Libraries, Denton, Texas. Opening Receptions Saturday, April 17th 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Emily Fowler and 1 – 3 p.m. at North Branch


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Viper’s Bugloss

Thursday, February 25th, 2010


 
Viper's Bugloss, 18 x 25 inches Dry Pastels on paper

Viper’s Bugloss, 18 x 25 inches Dry Pastels on paper. With pink buds and blue-violet flowers along tall stems, it’s tempting to bring these wildflowers in as cut flowers, but the plants’ properties make the skin itchy and sore, so are best enjoyed left where they are, growing in masses beside the highways in eastern Ontario during the summer. I was curious about the name… according to the Encyclopedia of Herbs and Herbalism edited by Michael Stuart (c. 1979, 1987 ISBN 0-9999-48911), they were formerly one of the most respected plants used for the treatment of viper’s snake bite venom.

The Fourth of July 02

Saturday, November 21st, 2009


 

 The Fourth of July 02, 15 x 22 inches watercolors, finished

The Fourth of July 02 – Orange Milkweed, Kentucky (sold) 15 x 22 inches watercolors Above: finished, below: Nov. 19th almost finished

Orange Milkweed, 15 x 22 inches watercolors almost finishedDriving from Texas to Ontario one summer I had to pull over to take photos and a closer study of the vivid orange bouquets growing beside the highway in southern Kentucky. The colors are irresistible, and this is not the first or last time I’ll portray this subject. All plants and trees contain medicinal and useful chemical properties in their leaves, stems, roots and flowers. I looked up  Orange Milkweed in the most informative books about plants, The Encyclopedia of Herbs and Herbalism edited by Malcom Stuart, which contains details about every plant I have ever sought to find information for.  According to it, Appalachian Indians made a tea from the leaves to use during religious ceremonies. One common name for this plant is Pleuracy Root, as it is still useful to treat infections of the respiratory tract including pleurisy It is used as a diaphoretic, antispasmodic, carminative, expectorant… and color also has enchanting, supernatural energizing  properties!

 

The Fourth Of July – moving on

Saturday, October 18th, 2008


 

  The Fourth of July, 36H x 48W x 2D inches, acrylics on canvas

The Fourth of July, 36H x 48W x 2D inches, acrylics on canvas, wrapped sides painted

The Oxide Gallery in Denton had an open call today for Artists to bring in three paintings that best represented current work, to be judged for upcoming space openings.  Even though I didn’t think The Fourth of July was finished, I brought it in because it has the cheerful colors and bold marks that I’d like to inject more into future work. Usually there are lots of colors used, but they get layered over each other on the canvas and can become muted. The gallery owners informed me that it is finished! OK, great, I’ll take their advice. I’m quite happy to move on to another painting.

Especially toward the final stages when so much time and study has been invested, we can be so involved in the work we don’t see it with a fresh perspective the way others do. Other people’s eyes and opinions are so valuable.

 

Details

Monday, September 29th, 2008


 

The Fourth Of July, left lower central detail The Fourth Of July, right lower central detail

The Fourth of July, past the point of no return. Making one small change affects the whole piece. Rather than post another image of the painting as a whole, because there are already enough pictures of it, here are some details of changes made in the past few days from the lower central portion of the painting. To be continued…

The Fourth of July work in progress

Thursday, September 25th, 2008


 

The Fourth of July work in progress, phase 01 36H x 48W x 2D inches acrylics on canvas, custom built stretcher frame, wrapped sides painted

The Fourth of July - June 24, 2008 - in progress - 36 x 48 x 2 inches acrylics on canvas The Fourth of July - Sept 23, 2008 - in progress - 36 x 48 x 2 inches acrylics on canvas The Fourth of July - in progress - 36 x 48 x 2 inches acrylics on canvas, custom built stretcher frame. The Fourth of July - in progress - 36 x 48 x 2 inches acrylics on canvas, custom built stretcher frame.

The Fourth of July work in progress, 36H x 48W x 2D inches acrylics on canvas, custom built stretcher frame, wrapped sides painted.

June 22, 23, Sept 23, 24: Adding mid-tones. The addition of a blue-white haze gel wash lightens areas that need to be rebuilt with brighter colors; in attempts to create contrasts, many areas have become too dark. Paintings always swing back and forth from too light to too dark or too defined to not defined enough, and just like a pendulum eventually come to rest between the two. I hope to bring the painting back toward the energy and explosive colors that it had after only one hour of work. Only the foreground flowers will have some detail; the rest will remain impressionistic in style.

The 4th of July on the 22nd of June

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008


 

The Fourth of July, 36H x 48W x 2D inches acrylics on canvas, work in progress

Added darkest values, mapping out the composition more clearly, now will define a few blossoms in the foreground by washing off dark areas and paint with pure colors from the tube and bring back to the cheery lights and brights that were present at the start.

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