Artwork

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

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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

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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

Rembrandt Tulips, 20 x 20 inches

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Rembrandt Tulips by Elizabeth Floyd, 20 x 20 inches, oil on linen

Rembrandt Tulips

The tulip season nearly passed me by, I feel fortunate that I was able to paint this painting in the spring. I have found that I am unwilling to cut my tulips in the garden sometimes, they just look so lovely.

...................................................................... Framed Painting $3,000 Available for Sale at the Principle Gallery, Alexandria {20" x 20" – oil on linen panel} ......................................................................

Camellias, 14 x 18 inches

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Camellias by Elizabeth Floyd, 14 x 18 inches, oil on linen

Camellias

Every time I am at my kitchen window, I look out at three new camellia bushes, they bring me so much joy. For several years the view out of my kitchen was plain, then early this spring I realized that I wanted to add some evergreen hedging against the fence opposite my kitchen window, I only wish I had planted them sooner. To me, my expanding garden is one of the deepest felt and enjoyed pleasures in my life. Yes, each time I expand a part of my garden I wonder, why am I giving myself more to do outside when I barely keep up with what I have, but when a new area gets planted, all those reservations go away.

This painting is the first of many camellia paintings to come.

...................................................................... Framed Painting $1,800 Available for Sale at the Principle Gallery, Alexandria {14" x 18" – oil on linen} ......................................................................

Clover Flower Crown, 18 x 14 inches

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Clover Flower Crown by Elizabeth Floyd, oil on linen, 18 x 14 inches
Clover Flower Crown by Elizabeth Floyd, oil on linen, 18 x 14 inches

Clover Flower Crown, Naomi

My dear daughter Naomi turned five yesterday.

This portrait of Naomi was of a fun afternoon when I was not feeling well and we were hanging out on a blanket in our backyard. I was laying back and she began to gather clover flowers for me to make me feel better. It was so cute, that I was revived enough to make her a flower crown of the clover flowers found in our yard. We had three different types of clover, the common White Clover, Red Clover, and Large Hop Clover. I loved how each of them worked together. Weeds can be wonderful things, even if they do try to take over sometimes :)

This is how she looks this summer, sun-kissed with freckles, shoulder length hair and a whimsical smile.

...................................................................... Framed Painting {18" x 14" – oil on linen} ......................................................................