Commission a Peony Painting

 “David Harum” Peony, 16 x 9 inches, oil on panel

“David Harum” Peony, 16 x 9 inches, oil on panel

“David Harum” Peony was completed last year by commission, it was a surprise birthday gift.  I take a few paintings commissions of specific flowers I grow each year, and these paintings make fantastic gifts.

My floral still-life paintings are only completed from life when my garden flowers are in season.  Peonies start opening the first week in May and continue blooming through early June. 

Reserve your commission now and secure my studio time during peony season.

Email me if interested!

Special Oil-Sketch Sale

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Available for a short time, are some small oil-sketches I have completed this year and in previous years.

All paintings are alla-prima paintings, meaning they have been started one and completed in one painting session. These sketches have become a part of my studio process as I have shifted to creating larger and more complex paintings. These are simple paintings that are expressions of one moment in time. The flowers are from my garden.

Please stop by and check out the special sale!

They make for great holiday gifts to loved ones and dear friends.

Another Portrait of Naomi Along with Some Other Thoughts...

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Earlier this year I completed this portrait of my daughter, Naomi, it has all the aspects I love exploring in a painting, a particularly challenging light effect, a use of expressive color, and my beloved daughter wrapped in the first quilt I ever completed.

In June this painting graced the cover of the local magazine, Elan.  I was honored to have Natalia Megas write an article about my career path and work.


And today, as I write this post, I feel fortunate to be an artist and to create on a daily basis.  Especially as the person in my life who had a profound influence on the interests I have cultivated as an adult is no longer here. 

Last week my grandmother passed away, and it is her influence on me as a child that led me to be committed to “making and creating” my way through life.  I have been thinking a lot about her since I heard the news that she had died and I keep asking myself to remember the various ways she shaped me.

One experience stands out to me the most.  It took place when I was nine years old and I was staying with her for an extended visit.  When I arrived the only clothes packed were play clothes, nothing nice enough to wear to church.  This was unacceptable to Grammer (what the grandkids called her), however she immediately solved the issue by sewing a quick shirt and skirt ensemble for me.  I still remember the blue calico pattern of the top, it was one of her fabrics she would use in her quilts. Grammer was a quilting fanatic at the time, and through this experience, I learned that it was possible to make and create your way out of problem or situation.

My desire to always have some sort of sewing project going can be directly related to her influence.  I will miss my grandmother, however I know every time I sit down to quilt or sew, I will be with her in spirit. 

This post is more personal than I typically like to publish, however, I am hopeful by sharing these thoughts and feelings I will better be able to metabolize the grief I am currently experiencing and begin creating again.

Thank you for reading,  Liz

Morning Ramble, 20 x 16 inches

Morning Ramble, 20 x 16 inches

Morning Ramble

Last year in early June, my old garden was blooming well. Sweet Williams had taken over a corner of my flowerbeds, the chives I had separated and planted in a row, trying to create a bordering edge the year before were a riot of blooms, and everything else was green and lush. The garden was getting ready for the height of late June.

Ringtone and Flower Record Daffodils, 14 x 11 inches

Ringtone and Flower Record Daffodils, 14 x 11 inches

Ringtone and Flower Record Daffodils

In my quest to always paint the flowers that I grow in my garden, about three years ago, I began reading more about gardening. The magazine that has had the most influence on me in the last few years is the British periodical, "Gardens Illustrated" and as a result of religiously reading this magazine from cover to cover, I have begun to realize how helpful it is to use the correct names for the different plants and flowers I grow.

Peony Festiva Maxima and Flower Bud, 8 x 10 inches

Peony Festiva Maxima and Flower Bud, 8 x 10 inches

Peonies Festiva Maxima and Flower Bud

This is a painting I began on my own in the studio, and then demonstrated to my Saturday morning students how I finish a piece.  Sometimes this final phase where I am tying up loose ends and trying to unify a piece can take extra time to resolve.  So after the 3-hour class was over, I continued on a bit more adding the finishing touches.

Queen Anne's Lace and Vintage Sunburst Quilt, 24 x 36 Inches


Queen Anne's Lace and Vintage Sunburst Quilt

For the past two summers I have had Queen Anne’s Lace growing in my garden and have always wanted to paint it. This year I finally came up with the idea of how I wanted to highlight and accent all of the characteristics that so mesmerize and captivate me with regard to this flower.

Queen Anne’s lace is a delicate white flower with carrot-top like leaves, everything about this flower, the stems, the flower heads and the leaves are all lace like and I wanted to make this aspect of the flower read even more so in my painting.

This painting is composed of a vintage sunburst quilt with beautiful golds and blues and reds on a creamy feedsack background. The sun patterns of the quilt repeat the flat dense umbel shape of the flower heads, while the large Provence comfit jars offset the delicate and spindly nature of the flowers. Overall the painting composition is about similarities and opposites with my love of fabric and pattern included into the mix.

...................................................................... Framed Painting Available for Sale, $7000, please email me for details {24" x 36" – oil on linen panel}

Butterfly Princess, 16 x 24 inches

Butterfly Princess by Elizabeth Floyd, 16 x 24 inches, oil on linen
Butterfly Princess by Elizabeth Floyd, 16 x 24 inches, oil on linen

Butterfly Princess

My dear daughter Naomi is a girl who likes to dress up, and tiaras are a favorite accessory. One spring morning this year when the tulips were at their height, Naomi had dressed and primped from preschool and looked so beautiful in the morning sunlight, I had to capture the moment and turn it into a painting.

...................................................................... Framed Painting {16" x 24" – oil on linen} ......................................................................

Exhibition Schedule: . Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA 8/2016-9/2016 . Awarded Honorable Mention in the 8th Annual Expressions Portrait Competition, ArtSpace, Herndon, VA 10/5/2016-10/28/2016