Posts Tagged ‘flowers’
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
If you sit in the shadows of lilac trees and look up at the sunny sky, the color can get washed away, turning the flowers into shadowy blues and purples, whiting out the edges of the leaves and making the sky seem like a bright, endless light. We had this row of lilac trees where I was growing up, and I had many adventures as a kid beneath them, imagining the tunnel between the rows as any number of fantastical places.
Blue Lilacs, 4″x6″ Primatek watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.
Above, you can see some of the subtle layering of desaturated blue and violet, framed by the brighter green with its sun-washed edges. Below, you can see the piece in a frame, like a tiny piece of summer you can have year-round.
Can you smell the lilacs?
Monday, June 17th, 2013
I was thinking more of clouds when I first started painting these little puffs of periwinkle, but they came out so flower-like that I surrounded them with leaves and grass and gave them swirly centers of overlapping yellow and white spirals. I let them sit around in a frame for a few days while I decided if I liked them, and they grew on me (pun acknowledged if not intended).
Periwinkle Flowers, 5″x7″ watercolor on paper, $250 with free shipping.
Above you can see a slightly color-shifted detail of one of the soft watercolor flowers, which was blued over a bit by the bright sunshine. Below, the piece is framed and hanging out with my plush of Mei dressed as a Totoro, because it can.
- Title: Periwinkle Flowers
- 5 in. x 7 in. Japanese watercolor on paper
- $250 for the original (tax will be added if you live in CA)
- Frame is not included, but can be added for $50 (shipping included)
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Thursday, May 31st, 2012
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with this once I painted in the sky and the grass, but then the idea of thistles came into my head. I like the way the little sneaky bubbles in the grass echo the centers on the flowers, and of course these are the sort of thistles that stare at you. But don’t worry, I’m sure they’re thinking totally harmless flower-thoughts while they do. They’re not thinking about how they outnumber you at all.
Thistledown, 8″x4″ watercolor on paper, $169 with free shipping.
I slipped the piece into an 8″x10″ frame so you could get a sense of the scale, and of course I’d be happy to more permanently frame it for you for a small additional fee. Just drop me a line!
Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
The 13th rose is barely on the canvas, sneaking my lucky number onto this rosebush. Branches lean out over a white fence, and bees buzz lazily around the flowers. The bright blue summer sky has a pale summer sun shining down, and the whole image is painted in oils on a small four-by-five-inch canvas board.
The edges of this canvas board are finished, the image wrapping around to the sides to add a some extra dimension. The easel is included, so this painting can be displayed as is on a bookshelf, desk, windowsill, or anywhere you want a little lazy summer sunshine.
13 Pink Roses, 4″x5″ oil painting on canvas board with 5″ tall wooden easel.
Friday, June 4th, 2010
With the tiny paintings, I will often paint a batch of skies, or water, or whatever, and go back in and decide what to do with it later. When I pulled out this warm blue sky to work on it again, I wanted to do something impressionistic for spring that really brought that feeling of warm sleepy days with bees buzzing around the flowers.
The edges of this canvas board are finished, the image wrapping around to the sides to add a some extra dimension. The easel is included, so this painting can be displayed as is on a bookshelf, desk, windowsill, or anywhere you want a little spring sunshine.
Impressionist Flowers, 6″x4″ oil painting on canvas board with 5″ tall wooden easel, sold.