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Delightful Daffodils in Pewter Cup, 8 x 7 inches

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Narcissus Tete-a-Tete by Elizabeth Floyd, 8 x 7 inches, oil on linen panel

Delightful Daffodils in Pewter Cup

Narcissus 'tete-a-tete' are some of my favorite harbingers of a warmer season to come.

...................................................................... Framed Painting Available for Sale at the Principle Gallery, Alexandria {8" x 7" – oil on linen panel} ......................................................................

Yellow Colossus, 7 x 5 inches

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Colossus Yellow by Elizabeth Floyd, 7 x 5 inches, oil on linen panel

Colossus Yellow

Pansies were the first flowers that came back to life in the garden this spring.  I love these colossus pansies because their flowers are so large and dynamic.

...................................................................... Framed Painting SOLD, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA {7" x 5" – oil on linen} ......................................................................

Cox Pippin Apple, 6 x 10 inches

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Cox Pippin Apple by Elizabeth Floyd, oil on linen panel, 6x10 inches

Cox Pippin Apple

If ever I am in need of a painting "pick-me-up" I invariably seek out some apples to paint. This Cox Pippin was handy and I am so happy with how it turned out, just between you and me, I love how the yellow color notes in the apple are also found in the old Coca-Cola crate.

...................................................................... Framed Painting: SOLD Part of the December Small Works Exhibition Available for Sale, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA {6" x 10″ – oil on linen}

Pansies, 8 x 10 inches

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Pansies by Elizabeth Floyd, oil on linen panel, 8x10 inches

Pansies

With the shortening days and the cooler nights, my garden is beginning to slow down except for the pansies. Expect to see several more paintings of pansies in the coming weeks.

...................................................................... Framed Painting SOLD, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA {8" x 10″ – oil on linen}

Nasturtiums, 12 x 16 inches

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Nasturtiums in a Ginger Jar by Elizabeth Floyd, 12 x 16 inches, oil on linen
Nasturtiums in a Ginger Jar by Elizabeth Floyd, 12 x 16 inches, oil on linen

Nasturtiums

What draws me to nasturtiums are the graceful lines of the stems and strong geometric shapes of the flowers along with the circular leaves.

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

Sunflowers in a Stoneware Pitcher, 12 x 16 inches

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Sunflowers in a Stoneware Pitcher by Elizabeth Floyd, 12 x 16 inches, oil on linen
Sunflowers in a Stoneware Pitcher by Elizabeth Floyd, 12 x 16 inches, oil on linen

Sunflowers in a Stoneware Pitcher As a gardener, I allow volunteers to take root, mostly because I love all that may come from these unexpected guests, and this year I was blessed with four volunteer sunflowers. They are not the gigantic flowerhead variety, but more diminutive, and to me, more delicate and charming.

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

Heirloom Tomatoes, 16 x 20 inches

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Heirloom Tomatoes by Elizabeth Floyd, 16 x 20 inches, oil on linen
Heirloom Tomatoes by Elizabeth Floyd, 16 x 20 inches, oil on linen

Heirloom Tomatoes

This summer I relocated my tomato plants and was rewarded with an over-the-top crop. Because I try to paint everything I grow (along with eating them) I choose tomato varieties that have a strong heritage of being in household gardens.

...................................................................... Framed Painting SOLD {16" x 20″ – oil on linen}

Rembrandt Tulips on a Wood Box, 16 x 20 inches

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16 x 20 inches - oil on linen
16 x 20 inches - oil on linen

Rembrandt Tulips on a Wood Box

This was my last tulip painting I was able to focus on this past spring before the temperatures got hot and every tulip lost its vigor. I had been admiring the tulips blooming in the garden and was somewhat hesitant to strip them from their place when I reminded myself that if they were painted, their beauty would remain for additional enjoyment for days to come.

So with this painting, I am sharing all that I love and believe is special about Rembrandt tulips, basking in the deep variegated color and the beautiful and graceful shapes of the flowers that split between subdued curves and whimsical arabesques.

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This painting is part of the 10th Annual International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition at the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, hanging from August 18th - September 18th, 2015 with its opening reception Friday, August 28, 2015 from 6:30-9:00pm.

...................................................................... Framed Painting SOLD {16" x 20″ – oil on linen}

Purple Irises, 12 x 9 inches

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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}

Rembrandt Tulip, 10 x 8 inches

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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}

Tete-e-Tete Daffodils, 6 x 6 inches

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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}

Created with Love, 36 x 24 inches

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Created with Love

This painting holds a special spot in my heart. The quilt in the painting is an effort of the heart, the arcs were from my husband's great-grandmother and I finished piecing the quilt and then went on to hand quilt it.

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

RELATED POSTS: Work in Progress - Created with Love: Phase 1 Work in Progress – Created with Love: Phase 2Work in Progress - Created with Love: Final Phase

WIP: Created with Love, Final Phase

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Created with Love

Created with Love

Created with Love, my first painting of 2015 is officially finished.

To me, a painting becomes complete when I take down its still-life setup. No longer can I take the painting back into the studio to putter and fine-tune areas, in truth I can always return to a painting and add to it and change it some, but I like working from life and if my setup comes down I hesitate going back into a painting because I do not want to lose the connection I had with its setup. I get concerned about diluting my visceral connection with the inspiration of the painting in some way.

At the end of January when I finished phase two of this painting, I brought the painting into my living room to contemplate in a different environment than my studio. And in doing so, I realized I needed to make the background behind the red amaryllis more defuse and softer. When the paint was dry to the touch, I began exploring ways to soften the background some, and to make the flower stronger.

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The left image was before I began to experiment with softening the background some, and the right image was taken after my first experiment.  I liked it so much that I quickly began applying various glazes over the background, some where light in value and others were dark, I did not use the same tint mixture but shifted the tints to warm and cool depending on what seemed the best solution.  This phase went quickly.

Here are a few details of the finished painting.

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Okay, the biggest thing I learned about this painting is that I love diving into the details...

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

RELATED POSTS: Work in Progress - Created with Love: Phase 1 Work in Progress – Created with Love: Phase 2

First Daffodils of Spring, 14 x 18 inches

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First Daffodils of Spring

First Daffodils of Spring

The first spring that we lived in our home I was delighted to discover some daffodils blooming under and around a large oak in our yard. And in the subsequent years I have added more and more patches of daffodils, all in anticipation for the first daffodils to emerge from the ground.

As spring starts to show in the world, I become full of hope and excitement. Every morning I will go out and scout the areas where I know some bulbs were planted, just to see what may have emerged in the previous 24 hours. Sometimes counting the number of flower buds in anticipation of floral abundance and what I may bring inside to paint!

This painting was completed last spring, just as the world was warming up. I was motivated to capture every sparkling detail and shimmer of the cool spring light that was filtering into the studio. I was fascinated with the bright yellows and translucency of the petals, and how notes of glowing color could be found when I would slow down and observe the flowers carefully.

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

Pansies in a Brown Bottle, 6 x 4 inches

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Pansies in Amber Bottle

Pansies in a Brown Bottle

This was a painting that was included in the Principle Gallery’s Small Works Exhibition this past December. It went home to a collector right away.

Being that we are in the middle of winter storm here in the mid-Atlantic I think it is fitting to share one of my favorite flowers to paint. Especially because they are some of the last to fade in the fall and typically rebound quickly in the spring if they were properly protected from the harsher elements during the winter. This winter, I am keeping a rather deep layer of leaves around them in hopes of giving them some extra insulation.

Pansies are also fun to paint because they come is so many different colors and sizes. Some are rather large while others are tiny. This year several of them were planted in my garden, so even on this snowy and beautiful winter day I am looking forward to spring arriving and having flowers to paint.

...................................................................... Framed Painting: SOLD {6" x 4″ – oil on canvas panel}