When I lived in San Francisco, there was a street vendor who sold flowers on Sanchez St. in front of the coffee shop that was around the corner from my apartment. He was a character, and my roommate and I adored him and the hilarious stories he used to tell us. We decided we would buy flowers from him once a week. Well, we were young, broke and living in one of the most expensive cities in the US, so we usually bought whatever was the cheapest flower he had - mostly tulips, daisies or freesia. But sometimes, we spurged on the peonies,( or whatever "fancy" flower he had that week.) This painting reminded me of that florist, and how much his flowers brightened our apartment. Sometimes those little luxuries in life - whether its the "fancy flowers" or even just an hour with a cup of tea and a good book, are so important. I need to remind myself of that from time to time. What is your favorite little luxury?
20x24” unframed acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. Image continues around the sides, framing wire is installed and ready to hang.
Head in the Clouds
In May, the Loudoun Sketch Club kicked off our season at the beautiful Hillsborough Vineyard. With incredible views all around me, I found myself drawn to the blossoming apple trees. I stood there with my head in the tree face to face with the blooms, big, fat carpenter bees buzzing around my head, while I happily drew the flowers. I called this painting "Head in the Clouds" because that was exactly what it felt like. A beautiful day!
20 x 20” unframed acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, image continues around the sides. Framing wire is installed and ready to hang.
A cup of tea, some cheerful orange flowers and a good book are the perfect way to start a quiet Sunday morning.
10x10” unframed acrylic on gallery wrap canvas. Image continues around the sides, framing wire is installed and ready to hang.
A Little Piece of Heaven
Last Spring, the sketch club went to a local winery to paint. There was a beautiful row of birch trees and most of us set up in their shade to paint the peaceful pond and its reflections. I kept turning to look at the beautiful birch trees and knew i would also be painting them as well. As we painted, the property owner drove by on her golf cart to welcome us and I heard her call the place "Our Little Piece of Heaven." Yesterday, while I was signing this, that memory popped into my head and I knew my original idea for a title was wrong, so made a last minute decision to call it "A Little Piece of Heaven."
18 x 24” unframed acrylic on gallery wrap canvas. Image continues around the sides, ready to hang
There is a kind of magic that happens when you paint outside. The first time the Sketch Club visited Fleetwood Farm Vineyard, it was incredibly hot. I decided not to stay and paint but to take photos to work from in the studio. My poor photography skills did not capture the image the way I remembered it, so I determined to paint outside the following week, no matter how hot it was. I bit off more than i could chew with this one, and had to finish in the studio, but I had gotten enough down on location that I was content to finish with my photos. The landscaping at Fleetwood Farm is so beautiful, I still wish I had stayed to paint that first day, because there are so many other lovely parts of the garden that I'd like to paint.
8x10” framed acrylic on canvas panel
Along the Siene
"Along the Seine" is a romantic bouquet that reminds me of Paris. I've been drawn to softer colors than usual lately - Where will this lead? I'm intrigued by the idea of bouquets that remind me of cities - its like taking a vacation without leaving the studio. Where should I travel next?
18x24” unframed acrylic on gallery wrap canvas, image continues around the sides. Framing wire is installed and ready to hang
Painted on location at Brookside Gardens in Maryland
8x6” framed acrylic on canvas panel
A Gentle Friend
I love giraffes. We once went to a zoo where they had a tower you could go in to feed the giraffes. These beauties walked right up and I had the amazing experience of looking right into those soulful eyes. It was a moment I will never forget.
12x12” unframed acrylic on 1 1/2” wide gallery wrapped canvas, image is painted around the sides. Framing wire is installed, and it is ready to hang.
When I was younger, I always wanted a sister, but all I had was a little brother who broke all my things. Over the years (after he stopped breaking my stuff) I grew to appreciate my wickedly funny, big-hearted brother, but I have also populated my life with sisters. I have many sisters now - some are sisters in law, others are friends that are so close, they feel like family. "Sister Dance." is dedicated to all of the sisters in my life, and the way they always show up just when I need them.
18 x 24” unframed acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, image continues around the sides. Framing wire is installed and ready to hang.
The Rain Queens
It was a rainy Saturday, and I got an email inviting me to come paint with a friend in her studio. Since it was too rainy to work in my garden, I packed up and headed over. I finished what I had brought to paint, and was forlornly packing up, when my friend offered me a fresh canvas, and invited me to paint the geraniums she was working with. And then, even though the rain was still pounding outside, sunshine returned.
20x16” unframed acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, image continues around the sides. Framing wire is installed and ready to hang.
I often see herons in the ponds around my neighborhood. While out walking with my younger son, we watched a heron in the pond near our home. When we returned, I began sketching some ideas for a heron painting.
18 x36” unframed acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, image continues around the sides. Framing wire is installed and ready to hang.
Fields of Gold
On a beautiful day out with the Loudoun Sketch Club, I was enchanted by this field of coreopsis.
14x18" unframed acrylic on 1 1/2” wide gallery wrapped canvas, image continues around the sides. Framing wire is installed and it is ready to hang.