Flower studies

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Sometimes I wonder why I keep painting flowers, and then I think of what Georgia O’Keeffe said:

“I hate flowers – I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move.”
Georgia O’Keeffe

While I don’t exactly hate flowers, she had a point. It’s much easier to find flowers to paint than people, they are certainly easier to deal with, and you don’t have to pay them. All of that is true. They are excellent studies for the mechanics of painting watercolors. And a bonus, they are colorful. So I paint flowers. And this spring, they are absolutely everywhere. Enjoy.

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Spiderwort revisited

spiderwortaHiding in the shadows in the Tallahassee neighborhood I stay in can be found these tiny purple flowers. They are a triumph of geometry and color. And each one lasts only one day. Anyone cultivating them? This 5″ x 7″ painting is for sale, $50.00.

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Tulip Fields – commission

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Used to be, from time to time, Donald would send me a photo. You should paint this, he said. Or he’d just post it to my wall, knowing full well I’d have to try and paint it. It’s been almost three years since he could have done that, so I was kind of surprised when I gazed upon my facebook wall one morning, that his nephew Vic had done the same thing. Felt very comfortable to paint it for him. Thanks Vic, I needed a challenge like that.

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Spiderwort – wildflowers of Florida

spiderwortIt is nearly spring here in Tallahassee, and more and more wild plants are starting to bud out and flower. Notable among these is the Spiderwort. They look like someone rather mad designed them; with the strange angles to the leaves, and the three petaled flowers. They are diurnal, which means each flower lasts just one day. But they are pretty!

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The Rose Thicket

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The quest: to swirl colors around and make something beautiful with rose shapes. Roses say “I love you” more than any other flower. They combine contrast, softness, sharp edges and soft colors. They can carry the most fragrant aromas, but sadly, most of them have had that bred out of them. All of the roses in my yard have fragrance.
Today I painted these roses on my Ghadi handmade paper, which increases some interesting effects. This painting measures 8″ x 12″ and is for sale for $100.00. All proceeds go to endangered species conservation.

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