available paintings

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.

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} ......................................................................

Bittersweet, 32 x 40 inches

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Bittersweet by Elizabeth Floyd, 32 x 40 inches, oil on linen

Bittersweet

Bittersweet is a vine I have come to associate with cool autumn rambles on nature trails in and around the area I live (Alexandria, VA). It was on one of my solitary walks many years ago that I first encountered the exuberant color and form of the bittersweet vine.

...................................................................... Framed Painting {32" x 40" – oil on linen} ......................................................................

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Last Rose of Summer, 12 x 16 inches

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Last Rose of the Year by Elizabeth Floyd, 12 x 16 inches, oil on linen

Last Rose of Summer

As the season slowed down this past autumn, my Queen Elizabeth rose bush gave me that last robust bloom. And when I was thinking about this flower and how it was special, I came upon this poem...

"'Tis the last rose of summer, Left blooming alone; All her lovely companions Are faded and gone." - Thomas Moore, The Last Rose of Summer, 1830

...................................................................... Framed Painting Available for Sale, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA {12" x 16" – oil on linen} ......................................................................

Ring, Sparrow, Phoenix, 24 x 36 inches

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Ring, Sparrow, Pheonix by Elizabeth Floyd, 24 x 36 inches, oil on linen

Ring, Sparrow, Phoenix

This painting is an ode to marriage. Celebrating the fidelity of love, the industriousness required to make a marriage good and the chance for renewal and growth when part of something bigger than oneself.

...................................................................... Framed Painting {24" x 36" – oil on linen} ......................................................................

RELATED POSTS: Creative Process: Ring, Sparrow, Phoenix