Roses and Tulips Bouquet
9 x 12 inches, oil on wood panel
This colorful bouquet came from an anniversary bouquet from my husband – I love the bright freshness of it and immediately wanted to paint it. He really knows the kind of flowers and colors I like. When painting botanicals, it’s very important to keep my palette very clean. I use a glass palette, so I can scrape it down with a razor blade to get ride of colors that get muddy. Even that may not get it clean enough sometime, and that’s why I wipe it down with alcohol after the razor blade removal of the big patches of color.
Speaking of color, for the past several years, we’ve been working on developing a floral garden at our house to provide me with fresh painting material about 9 months a year. We’re almost there!
Follow along the progress of our garden at My Facebook Garden Page, Artist in the Garden
Descanso Rose Garden, Summer Pathway
11 x 14 inches, oil on plein air panel
Painted at Descanso Gardens, La Canada, California
Descanso Gardens is the closest botanical garden to our home, and it’s my go-to place whenever I want to do some plein air painting in an expansive and beautiful setting. This pathway is one that I have painted through the seasons and from different viewpoints. The San Gabriel Mountains can be seen in the distance, which also tower over our own home. The international rosarium is not only a rose garden but also contains many other perennials and flowering shrubs. It’s just a peaceful place to visit, and in which to picnic on selected summer evenings.
“White on White”
20 x 24 inches, oil on linen canvas
These roses are from my garden, which is now in full fall bloom. Icebergs are one of the most popular kinds of floribunda roses. They’re loose and casual and bloom in profusion from early spring until late fall. They would even try to keep blooming through the winter months, here in Southern California, but I prune them every year in January to give them a well-needed rest.
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“Red Roses Bouquet”
6 x 6 inch oil painting
How romantic! Red roses that will never fade … the perfect gift for your Valentine. These roses were given to me one Valentine’s Day by my own sweetheart … so I painted them to keep the love going.
This painting is available framed, if you like. Shop now to have it in time for Valentine’s Day.
“Walking on Sunshine – AARS Rose Selection 2011”
6 x 12 inch oil painting on linen panel
This is one of the first blooms from my garden this year, which was specifically planted to provide floral material for still lifes. It was painted from life.
I was attracted to this rose because of the numerous blooms that it produces on one stem (typical of a floribunda) as well as the rich color. As the rose blooms, the dark yellow gold fades to delicate lighter shades. To see more of my garden in progress, visit http://www.facebook.com/ArtistInTheGarden.
Tournament House Rose Garden painting
(Home of the Tournament of Roses Association, Rose Parade organizer)
11 x 14 oil
Painted on commission
This new painting is intended as a Christmas gift from the lovely woman who commissioned it, for a very special gentleman. The rose garden was where they first met. Built in 1906, the Tournament House was purchased by chewing gum magnate Wm. Wrigley in 1914. The home was given to the city of Pasadena in 1958 for use by the Tournament Association. The centennial rose garden (seen here) is spectacular in full bloom. The painting represents it in early morning light.
Don’t you just love romantic stories? I know I do, and I get a special joy from making paintings that commemorate special events – like first dates, first meetings, places where proposals happened, and so forth.
If you’re considering giving a painting as a holiday gift, this is a very good time to get in touch as things get busier as the season draws closer.
“Descanso Gardens Rose Garden”
(with roses and crepe myrtle)
12 x 16 oil on canvas
This is one of the paintings I’ll be bringing to Descanso Gardens for the opening of my solo exhibition on Nov. 2. The show will hang in the Heritage Gallery in the Boddy House mansion and will continue through January 2, 2012.
My reception will be on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 1-4 pm.
The summer light filters through the trees surrounding the rose garden, and gently touches all of the floral beauty, from crepe myrtles to roses to other perennial plants. I love the look of the late slanting light.
White Roses (study)
6 x 8 inches
oil on plein air panel
Iceberg roses are among the most popular white rose varieties in California (perhaps in other US states, too.) These perennial plants have a carefree look about them, somewhat different from the formality of other hybrid tea roses. I decided to paint this group in a casual impressionist style, loosely, as though they were being tousled by the wind.
11 x 14 inches – oil on canvas
This is a plein air painting that I did a few years ago, and somehow it escaped being photographed and posted to my blog. A recent conversation prompted me to revisit it and I discovered that it was missing from my site.
Not too long ago we renewed our Huntington membership and I’m looking forward to visiting again when the camellias are in bloom. On a trip a few weeks ago, they had a California landscape exhibit which I enjoyed, along with other permanent collection work in the Paul and Heather Sturt Haaga gallery. If you live in Southern California and you’re not a member of the Huntington, what are you waiting for?
Roses and Hollyhocks
6″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas
Floral botanical painting
A miniature painting, 6 x 8″ – of some hollyhocks which are currently blooming near where I live. Ruffles and flourishes in a summer mood. I’ve been experimenting with acrylic and doing some plein air painting with it, too. Although it handles much differently from oil, there are similarities with both oil and watercolor, two media that I feel comfortable with. I especially like the brilliant color which doesn’t seem to muddy as much as oil does.