Last year I wanted to paint some white azaleas, but I didn't have any growing in our yard and I wasn't brave enough to go around the neighborhood asking for some.
This year Spring had a little surprise for me. Out of nowhere I found a small white azalea plant in our back yard, it had about a dozen blooms...oh I was happy.
I cut almost all of them, picked a few purple ones from our neighbor, Ellen's yard and got to work. It took a while to finish - this is the largest still life painting I've completed, but it was so much fun to paint. Here it is:
Another one for some detail:
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Things have been slow in the studio since Ian's birth - not only do I have less time to spend at the easel, but I've also been putting more work into each painting by adding more layers of paint.
I've been able to complete two paintings in the last three months, one that should be done soon, and one more that's still early in the process. Below are the two I recently finished:
I will be posting a couple of "in-progress" photos of the painting I'm currently working on in the next couple of days.
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At the beginning I wanted this painting to be mostly blue with the white hydrangea as the center of interest, with the addition of a little gold here and there for variety. I had the flowers and vases set up but I thought something was missing. I looked at it for a while and then decided to try adding the red cloth behind the hydrangea. As I stepped back to take a look, a song started to play in my head: Lady in Red.
[I think is safe to say that most Nicaraguans know this song, it's played very often on the radio during the "Clasicos de los 80" segments. It's very popular. There is a Spanish version of it too, it's called Linda Mujer (Pretty Woman) and the lyrics are a little different. I think you'll agree that the video is breathtaking.]
Originally, this still life was bathed in a soft light coming from a window on the left, which is the light source in many of my paintings. I wanted a little more drama so I closed the blinds and illuminated the composition with a flash light. I loved the increased drama - and decided it was time to put the paint onto the canvas.
The concept for this painting is very similar to the previous one, only in this one I used a yellow color scheme and a different light source. The red cloth pushed its way into this one as well.
I really like these paintings, I hope you like them too. Thanks for visiting!
Painting and gardening, new works!
Hello everyone, I hope you are all enjoying these beautiful days. Everything is so green, the birds are chirping all day and the morning sun feels so gentle on your skin. It's gardening time!
I really enjoy working outside. I think gardening is very similar to painting.
With gardening you start by building a fence around the area and getting the soil ready. In painting, it begins with the preparation of canvases. Sometimes I will buy canvases from an art supply store, but I prefer making them myself so I have control of the tightness and smoothness of the surface.
The next step in the garden is to plant the seeds: decide what to plant and put them in the ground. In the studio, you start by choosing your subject and arranging each object until you get a composition you like.
After that is just a matter of time, things begin to appear in both the garden and on the canvas: little plants with two leaves, colors, more leaves, colors turn to forms, and the plant grows until it produces its fruits and the canvas/garden becomes a new world of lines, shapes and colors.
Once all this done it's time to enjoy, time to share, the vegetables with the neighbors and the art with you all.
Here are my new creations:
...and fresh from the garden, some radishes.
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Spring is here!
I hope everybody is enjoying the warm weather, we sure are. Here are a couple of small paintings I recently did. These paintings will be sold framed as seem here. Please contact me if interested.
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My neighbor's generosity!
On a cold evening a couple of weeks ago Ellen, my neighbor brought me some beautiful flowers. She said they were call camellias. I was surprise, I didn't know that such beauties could bloom in the cold winter. Of course, some people say that Georgia's winter is not very cold, well, to me anything bellow 60 degrees is way to cold.
With Ellen generosity and a lot of time at the easel this painting came to life!
Lauren usually edits my writing, but she's not around today, I hope I din't make to many mistakes.
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Lauren and I have had a great gardening season -- well, maybe not as good as we had hoped, but still pretty good.
This was the first summer that we had our own yard; sadly I choose the wrong spot for our main garden and our brussel sprouts and green beans failed to produce anything. We did get some radishes, but our best harvest has been our tomatoes. A couple of our plants look like they could snap at any moment due to the weight of so many tomatoes.
My special project was a couple of cantaloupe plants. I wasn't sure if they would do anything, but we had great luck, we have been eating some of the sweetest and juiciest cantaloupe. We even had enough to share some with our neighbor.
We were also happy to see a bunch of beautiful gladiolas come out in our from yard. Our neighbor told us that she helped the last family who lived in our house plant them a couple of years ago. We had red, purple, orange, a few yellow and a bunch on white gladiolas. I was glad to paint some of them.
Oil on Canvas, 24" x 20"
It was a bit complicated to paint them. Because each flower on the stem opens and wilts at different times over the course of a few days, I had to rely on photographs of the gladiolas instead of painting directly from life, as I did with the glasses and the orange. I'm glad I worked this way - by the time I finished the painting, the purple gladiolas at the bottom of the stem were already dead and the little buds at the top had opened into beautiful flowers.
Thanks for looking, please contact me if you have any questions or if you are interested in this or any of my paintings.