Springtime brings beautiful Irises in a wide range of colors and styles. This small plaque (9″ X 7″) depicts a fairly low to the ground purple and white variety that I fell in love with at Elizabeth Park in Hartford last year. This time the visiting insect is a honey bee. I would love to paint something like this for you if you want as this one is already in the hands of a happy owner.
Pansies are so wonderfully varied and intense! I had to restrain my self from choosing too many when painting this sturdy vintage chair. I painted over the original black paint in purples and blues before embellishing the seat and the back rest with blossoms featuring orange and yellow. My signature insects are on the backrest; a bee on the front and a distinctive butterfly on the reverse. This chair is available for sale for $325 plus shipping and handling. Contact me through this site if you are interested in purchasing it.
This project began as a simple wooden box with no hardware. The flowers are painted life size. I wanted the Pansies to have all the varied attitudes of the real world. There are buds, seed pods and fading blossoms as well as wide open ‘faces’! Of course there is a visiting honey bee near one long edge. This is Trompe L’oeil; The marble is not real. The clasp is not real, nor are the hinges. The cover still lifts off to open! The photo of the ‘block’ of marble is the underside of the box.
This mural with a Trompe L’oeil wood surface is painted on the porch of my own home. For more than 25 years these walls were just a slightly textured, ugly brown, metal surface. Then ten years ago I decided to paint it! Thank you to my sister-in-law for suggesting the faux barn board wood surface. On the wall which is viewed directly from inside my dining room, I painted rambling wild Roses that ‘bloom’ all year long! On one of the sides I created a strawberry jar loaded with luscious berries. There are bees that visit the flowers and a butterfly by the strawberries. On the other side is a squirrel which initially even startled my cats. They have ignored it ever since! In the winter I hang baskets of artificial green plants to keep a little summertime always just on the other side of the sliding door.