Purple Irises, 12 x 9 inches

12 x 9 inches, oil on linen 12 x 9 inches, oil on linen

Purple Irises

My painting process for this painting was featured in this week’s “Technique Tuesdays” blog post on the Principle Gallery’s blog, check it out if you are interested in my motivation of why I paint from life.

Framed Painting: SOLD
Available for Sale, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
{12″ x 9″ – oil on linen}

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My Garden: Mid-May

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Every year I am surprised how fast the spring season changes into summer-like temperatures here in Northern Virginia. Some of my spring flowers began to bloom in early May and were bloomed out and ready for trimming by the week before Memorial Day. It was only a few weeks, and already there is so much change in the garden.

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The foxglove needed staking and the snapdragons were in full color.

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Have a wonderful weekend,


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Rembrandt Tulip, 10 x 8 inches

Rembrandt Tulip

Rembrandt Tulip

To me, Rembrandt tulips epitomize all that is special about tulips, deep variegated color, beautiful shape, and a graceful curve of stem and leaves.

Framed Painting: SOLD
Available for Sale, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
{8″ x 10″ – oil on linen}

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My Garden: Mid-April

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Since the middle of March I have been spending more time outside prepping the garden for spring and summer flowers. Working in the crisp mornings or the temperate afternoons has been a joy.

Here are some images of my focus lately.

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Naomi’s play house and sandbox is in the middle of my “formal” flower garden.  In early March the playhouse got a new color scheme from its original cedar red.  Tulips and forget-me-nots are blooming in abundance now while all the other plants are starting to leaf.

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Last spring I got a celandine wood poppy and I am so pleased to see it back and so happy among the forget-me-nots and bleeding hearts.

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The tulips and daffodils in the foreground are located in my “dry” bulb beds.  I am experimenting with having some areas of my yard being low maintenance, the ground covered in wood-chip mulch and allowing various bulbs to naturalize.

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And this is a small “test” section of my back flower boarder that is typically full of annuals.  Last fall I decided to test a section of it by planting some fritillaria meleangris and scillia siberica.  To my surprise the fritillaria, which are particularly known for being fussy and temperamental have prospered while the scillia were a bit lackluster.  So next fall I think I will expand to another area…

Have a wonderful day and soon I hope to have some spring themed paintings to share.

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Tete-e-Tete Daffodils, 6 x 6 inches

Tete-e-Tete Daffodils

Tete-e-Tete Daffodils

Tete-e-Tete daffodils are one of my favorite of the narcissus family to paint. They are tiny in size and still have so much personality, and are also some of the earliest to poke out of the ground to begin blooming.

This painting was my first demonstration during the flower painting workshop I taught a few weeks ago. I started with these flowers because I wanted to focus on how to simplify and abstract the shapes of the flowers when beginning a painting. By simplifying the organic shapes of flowers into basic geometric forms, one can easily breakdown the complexity that is often found in bouquets and create unity within a painting. And daffodils are great painting subjects because their petals and trumpets can both be simplified into hexagonal patterns.

Framed Painting: SOLD
{6″ x 6″ – oil on linen}

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{As an aside, my daughter Naomi and I were out driving this afternoon and she commented on the different sized daffodils blooming in a median as being part of a family. Tete-e-tete daffodils were the “baby” daffodils and the larger ones are the momma and the papa daffodils. My outlook towards these miniature daffodils has altered for life}

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