still life

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}

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

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

Jarrahdale Pumpkin, 20 x 16 inches

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Hubbard Pumpkin by Elizabeth Floyd, oil on linen, 20 x 16 inches
Hubbard Pumpkin by Elizabeth Floyd, oil on linen, 20 x 16 inches

Jarrahdale Pumpkin

It is my belief that at the start of every work of art there is an idea or feeling in the mind of the artist, and the expression of this through form, tone, and color is the purpose of being an artist.

This autumn I was determined to include this quilt into a painting, but every still-life setup I assembled just felt off. So in a peak of frustration, I folded up the quilt and set it aside. Later, I brought this pumpkin into my studio with several turban squash, needing a place to put the pumpkin down, I set it on this quilt and then went about setting up another still-life setup with the turban squash.

Again, with the turban squash I was not feeling the connection. Disgruntled I turned away from my setup and glanced in the corner and fell in love with what I glimpsed, the jarrahdale pumpkin sitting in the middle of my strip-scrap quilt.

I finally had a composition with the emotive connection I was seeking, and I began to paint.

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

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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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