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Summer Strawberries & Zinnias, 8 x 8 inches

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Summer Strawberries and Zinnias

Do you ever associate a particular item with cheerful memories? For me, summer strawberries always stir memories of summer fun. I think of my childhood, family gatherings and reunions at a state park, and eating strawberry shortcake, sometimes two times in a day! One grandmother had a quite the yin for the soft, spongy, sweetness of angel food cake, and if strawberries were in season... well, it just seemed natural to have dessert as an afternoon snack and then maybe also again after dinner.
What do you think of when the strawberries are in season?
{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}
Framed painting: $550.00 + S&H

Pansies and Jug

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Pansies and Jug

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel} Sold
Framed painting

What feelings do you have when being creative? I often feel a sense of wonder and admiration of whatever I am contemplating, knowing that i am trying to build something new, trying to invent a new way, or just trying to face a new solution to an old problem. One of the things I like most when I am in a creative mood is that I also feel more one with myself, as if I am listening to my inner self with more intention and allowing ideas to grow that maybe before I would stop because I thought they were silly or maybe foolish.

Instead when feeling creative, I am filled with a carefree attitude towards the world, excited to develop new ideas, and enthusiastic to expand on a known concept, and trail blaze a new path.

If ever you need to face a challenge with a creative sense, look for what you admire in it, face it with the child-like attitude of wonder and begin to listen to what interests you. This may lead you into a new frame of mind, and soon you will be inventing and developing new ideas...

{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}
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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.

Posy of Flowers {a new small floral painting}

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Posy of flowers in a spice jar

Posy of Flowers in a Spice Jar

{8" x 6" (20.3 x 15.2 cm)) – oil on linen panel}
Framed painting: $275.00 + S&H

I captured this composition and was enamored by the way each flower had its own distinct form and how the tangle of stems interplayed with the reflections on the glass jar. I love the strong vertical highlights, how the color shifts from a warm white to a cool white all within the same area of white, providing a sense of the outside beyond.

If you get a chance today, stop and observe how the light from a nearby window is reflected in your water glass, see how the light sparkles and plays on the hard surface. Painting is all about the surprise and wonder seen in such moments, captured and conveyed so these instances of insight are not lost but shared and treasured.

Mixed Bouquet of Flowers

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Mixed Bouquet

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}
SOLD
Framed painting

These were from a bouquet I picked up at the Old Town farmer's market. I love the variety of flowers available and it is difficult not walking away with too many flowers. I was disciplined and thoroughly enjoyed having these colorful blooms in my house this week. In fact a few flowers are still holding their own!

Bouquet - Framed
{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}
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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.

Peonies, 8 x 8 inches

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Peonies

Peonies

Peonies from my garden.

Each year I add one more peony bush to my flower boarder hoping to one day have a profusion of flowers because I believe you can never have to many of these luscious blooms. These were the only blooms I got this year and I savored every moment of them.

Peonies - Framed
{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}

{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}

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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.

Azaleas and Bowl

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Still Life with Azaleas and Bowl

Still Life with Azaleas and Bowl

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}
SOLD
Framed painting

I have a flowerbed on the side of the house that is home for two azalea bushes, and every spring these bushes provide the most beautiful bright pink flowers. A gift I look forward to every year and lament when the flowers fade...

Azaleas - framed
{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}
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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.

Petunia with Blue Willow Saucer {a small floral painting} SOLD

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Petunia and Blue Willow Saucer

Petunias with Blue Willow Saucer

{7" x 5" (17.8 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
SOLD
Unframed painting: $100.00 starting bid + S&H

Another petunia made it into the studio... and as the weather warms up I am hopeful more will be available to paint...

It is raining here in the DC region, good for the flowers!

Have a good evening,
Liz

Two Petunias {a small floral painting}

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Two Petunias

Two Petunias

{7" x 5" (17.8 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
Unframed painting: $100.00 starting bid + S&H

Last month one of my birthday gifts from S. was the removal of a dying juniper that took up almost half of the flower bed that boarders our driveway. Now that it is gone I have been able to fill in the space with a lilac bush and other annuals, including the petunias in this painting.

Pansies

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Pansies in a Silver Cup

Pansies in a Silver Cup

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}
In a Private Collection

Amazingly we have had a cool spring, so my pansies are still going strong in the garden. My friend Jane told me that when you plant pansies in the fall that they will come back stronger and more beautiful than before in the spring, and boy was she right! The pansies have been blooming like crazy since late February...

Pansies - Framed
{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}
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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.

Spring Time Tea

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Spring Tea Time

Spring Time Tea

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}
SOLD Framed painting

Some of the daffodils in this still life are from a friend, the grape hyacinths are from a neighbor, the green china plate is from my mom, and the silver spoon is from my husband's grandmother.

Spring Tea Time- framed
{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}
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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.

Sunflowers

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Sunflowers

Sunflowers

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel} SOLD

These sunflowers were a gift, and the moment I held them, I knew they would "star" in a painting.

I had been reading a section on Velasquez in Harold Speed's book on oil painting techniqueon the morning I began this painting. And this passage inspired my approach to this painting.

"it is instructive to notice the different stges of Velasquez's development. The early portrait is an interesting example of his 'prentice manner, painted before he went to Madrid. You will observe his preoccupation with lost and found edges. The little sharp accents contrasting with lost edges... ...and the infinite variety of play onthe edges he has found. He has not yet arrived at the largeness of perception, which could subordinate the accents on such edges... ... to an all-embracing focus of the whole of the whole head." pg. 164-165

It was this idea of an all-embracing focus of the whole head that got me thinking about how to paint a bunch of flowers and try to do the same thing, create an all-embracing focus on one flower and let the others slide into supporting roles with lost and found edges and less specific treatment.

This is a design concept that has a lot of possiblities, and I will try to revisit it again in other compositions, and for this piece I think it worked out well. I feel as if the forward facing flower is looking out as well as being looked at.

Sunflowers - framed

{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}
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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.

Dandelions

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Dandelions

Dandelions

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}
SOLD
Framed painting

After painting the smaller composition of dandelions, I immediately wanted to try a bigger version, with more flowers and variation. So over two days I worked on this painting, fighting against time and the flowers because dandelions are constantly changing! I have learned that the life of one flower exists for about 48 hours from bud to puff.

This painting will also be framed in silver.

Stargazer Lilies in a Ginger Jar - Framed
{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}
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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.

Stargazer Lilies

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Still Life with Stargazer Lilies & Ginger Jar

Still Life with Stargazer Lilies & Ginger Jar

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}
In a Private Collection

Hello,

Did you have awonderful Easter weekend? We did, though it was also laid back with some time spent outside enjoying the wonderful weather!

For this painting I am trying out a new style of frame. Initially I had this painting in the gold trimed dark frame, however I thought it was too dark. This silver frame brightens the whole painting, bringing out the white edges of the petals. I hope you like it as well.

Liz

Stargazer Lilies in a Ginger Jar - Framed
{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}
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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.

Pink Hyacinths { a new small floral painting} SOLD

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Pink Hyacinths

Pink Hyacinths

{7" x 5" (17.8 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
SOLD
Unframed painting: $100.00 starting bid + S&H

This was the first time to paint hyacinths since working on the de Heem copy. Initially I started off real tight, and after a few hours realized that the painting was not going in the direction I wanted, so out came the palette knife and I scraped the painting down.

With the initial experience in mind, I set out to capture the essence of the flowers without tightening up, and I am pleased at how it turned out. There is an abundance of soft edges, paired with some specific focused areas.

Stargazer Lily, 8 x 8 inches

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Stargazer Lily

Stargazer Lily

Finally the days are getting longer and brighter!

I am so excited about the warm weather and what it means it is bringing, SPRING! Last week I spent time prepping my vegetable and flower beds. There is still more to do, there always is, however I hope to be rewarded soon with fresh peas, arugula, and flowers from my garden. And I plan on incorporating these items into some paintings...

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}

{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}

Inquiries welcome, please email me for price, contact[at]elizabethfloyd.com

Camellias

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Camellias

Camellias

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}
SOLD
Framed painting

One the biggest joys I get when working on a still-life painting is when I can source my subject matter from a friend's, neighbor's, or my own garden. These beautiful camellias are from a neighbor's down the street, one side of his house it totally hedged by big and beautiful camellia bushes.

Lucky man!

Camellias - framed
{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}
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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.

Lilies and Rice Bowl, 8 x 8 inches

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Still Life with Lilies and Rice Bowl

To me every still-life painting has an overlying emotion, and often I am drawn to setups that are calm, maybe quiet, and always filled with color and life. These lilies seemed to be a pair, like two friends hanging out and sharing the company with another. In this case, the new addition to my still-life collection, a small rice bowl.

Also, this weekend I began to work on a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about this series, Bountiful Observations, like what inspired it, my process, and such. If you have a question about the series, please leave your question in a comment and I will incorporate it into my answers.

Thanks for stopping by,

Liz

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}
Framed painting: $400.00 + S&H

{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}

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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.

Lovely Grays and Hellebore

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Gray Symphony - Quiet Moment

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}
SOLD
Framed painting

Before moving to the mid-Atlantic region I had never lived anywhere with four distinct seasons. For the first few years I lived here each season was a period of discovery and wonder before I began to associate the sprouting and blooming of specific plants with specific seasons.

It was about four years ago when walking through Georgetown {a neighborhood in DC} in early February that I noticed the hellebore blooming in several yards. The next year I began to realize that these may be the first flowers to bloom in the DC region, maybe even before the snowdrops and crocus. And now I always look upon the blooming of these lovely and delicate flowers as the harbinger of spring.

The hellebore in this painting were given to me by a dear friend and as the flowers opened and continued to bloom I was struck by the soft colors of the petals, the dynamic pattern of the leaves, and how the muted tones were complemented with the reflective surfaces of the small silver bowl and pewter pitcher. Sometimes to bring out the vibrancy in a delicate color it is best to surround it with subtle gray tones.

{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}
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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.

Mums in a Blue Pitcher, 8 x 8 inches

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Mums in a Blue Pitcher

I began this series as a way to celebrate life and to further explore and capture the wonderful and heartfelt.

With this painting I wanted to experiment with a bird's eye view to maximize the visual diversity found in the two types of mums. It also allowed me to incorporate the embroidered detail of a linen handkerchief that had recently been given to me by a dear friend.

An added benefit of this painting is that it now also celebrates the wonders of friendship.

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}
Framed painting: $550.00 + S&H

{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}

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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.

Mums and Apples

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Still Life with Mums and Apples

SOLD

With this series, each new composition presents an opportunity to investigate new ways to convey the beauty and textural diversity found in flowers. In this painting I wanted to share the impression of a mass of flowers and stems surrounded by shiny apples, so instead of depicting the mums individually, I focused on the mass of yellow and how the flowers in shadow edged to violet.

Everything just seemed to fall into place, impressions captured and conveyed. It was a joy to paint.

{8" x 8" (20.3 x 20.3 cm) – oil on canvas panel}
Framed painting:

{14" x 14" (35.6 x 35.6 cm) with frame}

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This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, with 25% of the net proceeds of each sale being donated to the American Horticultural Society.