Pomegranates and Ginger Jar, 9 x 16 inches

Pomegranates and Ginger Jar, 9 x 16 inches, oil on linen

Pomegranates and Ginger Jar, 9 x 16 inches, oil on linen

One of the best things about painting from life is that each painting turns into a seasonal record. Pomegranates are a fixture in our house starting in December going through February. I always welcome seeing them in the stores because it signals to me that we are truly entering the winter season.


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December's Bounty

December’s Bounty

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


Sometimes a painting just comes together.

Last week I focused on another painting for this series, but my heart was not in it, and it did not express the feelings I have for this festive month. I wanted to create a painting that did, so I thought a bit about it, what I wanted to include that would distinguish and celebrate all that is available during the month of December.

When I found a potted hellebore at Whole Foods, I brought it home knowing it had to become part of the painting I wanted to create. Hellebore also goes by the name, Christmas rose, so it seemed perfect to include in the painting I had been building in my mind. I am drawn to the delicate structure of these flowers, and wanted to emphasize how luminous the petals are, even on a gray, low-light day in December. Thus the painting is darker in key than usual to emphasize the white petals.

Everything else just fell into place, the holly had been gathered earlier in the week and during the winter months I always have pomegranates around.  So after several days of thinking of a painting, one just seemed to come together.

I hope you have a wonderful Monday and enjoy this festive season.


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


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.