small floral painting

Daisy {a new floral painting}

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{7" x 5" (17.8 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
In a Private Collection
Have you ever seen the movie the Girl with the Pearl Earring?

While working on this painting, I kept thinking of the scene where Vermeer asks Griet what color are the clouds. At first she responds "white", but then at further investigation, she then observes other colors, yellow, blue, and gray. Then Vermeer says "now you understand"

With this painting with so many whites, I was captivated with the different tones and colors seen in the white petals and the white bowl behind.

Pansies and Saucer again {a new small floral painting}


Still Life with Pansies and Saucer

{8" x 6" (20.3 x 15.2 cm)) – oil on linen panel}

Sometimes I get the opportunity to revisit a previous composition for a collector. Today's painting was such an opportunity. I liken the experience to visiting with a friend, someone you like and know, and on this particular visit you get to learn something new, deeper, something that helps you admire and value the friend more than ever before.

The revisiting becomes an opportunity to ponder and absorb nuances that previously were overlooked, adding value and color to my life. While working on this painting I was struck with the sense of depth and the visual affect of the lighter areas of the saucer shining through the brown bottle, something I would not have been aware to look for if I had not returned to this composition.

I had such a great time creating this artwork for a special couple. Do you have a composition or image in mind that you would like me to re-capture for you in a painting? I would be happy to interpret it for you.

Nasturtiums {a new small floral painting}



{6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 cm) – oil on gessoed panel}
Framed painting: $225.00 + S&H

I am sometimes inspired to explore and experiment with paint handling techniques. I liken it to choosing to drive home by a new route and learning something new about the community I live in, maybe I get to see some beautiful gardens, or learn about a park, or even realize that this new route is better than the way I have always gone before.

For this painting, I decided to try working on a gessoed masonite panel, which has a slippery smooth surface versus the rough “toothy” linen surface I typically favor. Working on this smooth surface was much like trying to spread whipped butter across a glass plate, a challenge but a fun experience because I was able to accomplish a juicy lush paint finish that is not possible when working on linen. So I think trying this again will be a good idea to see how far I can push this technique.

Do you ever mix it up? I hope this inspires you to try something new. Sometimes a change brings about some wonderful results…

{here is the painting framed}

Posy of Flowers {a new small floral painting}

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.

Purple Irises {a new daily painting}



{8" x 6" (20.3 x 15.2 cm)) – oil on linen panel}
Unframed painting: $150.00 starting bid + S&H

This painting was completed on a beautiful sunny afternoon, at the end of the day when the light was fading but the golden sheen was still present. I like how the dark purple petals are almost a blue-black in places.


And I want to give a shout out to Lenny Campello, who I met this weekend at the Meet the Artist's Night at Artomatic, and for the nice review of my still-life paintings on display {scroll down to the heading Best Flower Art} and other artists displaying in this year's Artomatic.

Mixed Bouquet of Flowers

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Mixed Bouquet

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

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

Petunia and Blue Willow Saucer

Petunias with Blue Willow Saucer

{7" x 5" (17.8 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
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,

Two Petunias {a small floral painting}

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.

Dandelions {a new small floral painting} SOLD



{7" x 5" (17.8 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
Unframed painting

I truly love dandelions.

I think allowing myself to acknowledge this piece of information, is allowing myself to connect with my child-self, because as a kid I loved seeing the bright yellow flowers, yellow dots on a field of green. I also loved sitting in the grass and blowing dandelion puffs. And whenever an adult would see me doing this they would admonish me for spreading those "terrible" weeds, which my mind at the time could not see as being anything but wonderful.

Pansies with Saucer {a new small floral painting} SOLD

Pansies with saucer

Pansies with Saucer

{7" x 5" (17.8 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}

This painting is a compositional homage to this painting created a few months ago... It uses flowers that are currently in season, a different saucer, and bottle... however it was an investigation on how to create a new painting with different items and to see how it would change or stay the same.

I think going back and revisiting a lot of the previous daily painting compositions will be a fun activity, so expect to see more in the future.


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P.S. Here is how this painting would look framed...

Pansies with Saucer - framed
(available framed upon request after auction)

Pink Hyacinths { a new small floral painting} SOLD

Pink Hyacinths

Pink Hyacinths

{7" x 5" (17.8 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
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.

Three Pink Roses {a small floral painting}

Three Roses

Three Pink Roses

{7" x 5" (17.8 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
Framed painting: $250.00 + S&H

Life-glowing season ! odour-breathing Spring !
Deck'd in cerulean splendours !–vivid,–warm,
Shedding soft lustre on the rosy hours,
And calling forth their beauties ! balmy Spring !
~Mary Darby Robinson (1758-1800)
Happy first day of SPRING!

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Here's what this painting would look like framed
(available framed upon request after auction)

Pink Roses { a small floral painting} SOLD

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Pink Roses

{7" x 5" (17.8 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
Unframed painting

One of the benefits of Valentines Day is that for the weeks after the holiday, grocery stores still have lots of flowers, especially roses. Those flowers that did not bloom in time for the big day are still beautiful, inspiring and available.

A Sunny Spot {& some good news...}

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 A Sunny Spot ~ Alstroemerias

{6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 cm) – oil on masonite panel}
In a Private Collection

Here is a small painting completed in the fall and destined for a special person, so I was hesitant to blog specifically about this painting before now...A friend of mine has a beautiful delft vase, and I have always admired how she has fresh flowers in her home, one day when visiting her home I saw some beautiful pink flowers in the vase {I cannot remember what type of flower} and the color combination always stuck in my mind. So when working on a new setup with these pink alstroemerias I wanted to recreate the same color combination of pink with blue and white.

With painting, I have found some ideas just sit and percolate for years before they ever come to fruition.

Also, I want to share some good news from this weekend. For the first time this year I submitted an entry to the Salon International exhibition to be held this April at the Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, Texas, and my painting Still Life with Sunflowers and Apples was accepted!

Still Life with Sunflowers and Apples

{24" x 18" (61 x 45.7 cm) – oil on linen}
I am excited to be part of this show and I am planning on attending the opening in April. It will be nice getting back to Texas, visiting with family, catching up with all those that are special to me, introducing Naomi, and maybe getting to meet some blogging friends that live in the area.

Tete-e-Tete Daffodils {a small floral painting}

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Tete-e-Tete Daffodils

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

These diminuative daffodils are the early season flowers that keep giving. Brightening the home while also being wonderful still-life subjects.


Naomi is continuing to grow and become the master of her fate. My blue ink pens are a favorite "toy" of hers and up until last week I could let her play with them because she had not yet learned how to remove the cap, well now she has... and I now know better then to leave her to her own means when occupied with one. I am just happy she did not get ahold of a sharpie!

{my little artist in the making...}

Pink Tulip, 7 x 5 inches

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Pink Tulip

{7" x 5" (17.8 x 12.7 cm) – oil on linen panel}
Unframed painting: SOLD

When I was painting this tulip it continued to grow and by the time I had finished, the tulip stem had easily grown 1/2 inch longer than when I first cut it. They say tulips keep growing after they are cut but I had never experienced such eager growth before...

Jonquils & Pear {a new small painting}

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Still Life with Jonquils and Pear

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

Spring is not here yet, however the stores have begun to sell small pots of tete-e-tete daffodils and I cannot resist them... and then the lovely flowers end up in the studio and in a painting.

Still Life with Alstroemerias and Bottle {a small floral painting}

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Still Life with Alstroemerias and Bottle

{6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 cm) – oil on linen panel}
Framed painting: $225.00 + S&H


Here is another framed 6x6 inch painting. Sometimes it is important to see the paintings framed, so when I painted these still lifes I also had some frames assembled so I could see how they would look framed.