In the midst of the Corvid-10 social distancing I had trouble getting my ‘engines’ started on a new painting. Then I came across a photo I had taken last summer and my inspiration came roaring back. I painted this pale blue Hydrangea just as it was about to burst open to full bloom. I love the delicateness I was able to achieve with the life size petals. I painted the visiting bee with a softer focus to capture his motion in flight. The small plaque is only 9″ X 7″ and is edged in shades of antique gold. It is available for sale at $95. Please contact me through this site if you are interested in purchasing it.
This is a second version of a plaque I did two years ago which I recently painted again upon request from a client. I never do two identical paintings, but I do revisit some of them on occasion especially if someone asks me to. This is the same pagoda I painted in the background of the first version but the faded browning blossoms could be just be blooms ‘from a different year’. I love how Hydrangeas can be beautiful all year long. I am including here a photo of an early stage of the paint process before the flowers were painted. This plaque is 12″ wide and 9″ tall.
This is a portrait of a home which sits at the summit of a woodsy hill in Connecticut. It was a pleasure to paint! The front yard was of great importance to the owner of this house, however in reality this hill is so loaded with tall trees that the view of the architecture is severely obscured from the road. I simplified the trees but made sure to accurately depict and include all the huge boulders, the Mountain Laurel, Hosta, Hydrangeas, and of course the flags! I like to include critters where I can, so I placed a squirrel actively over looking the property as he clings to a tree trunk. I painted the deer, who are frequent visitors in this area, off in the distance. This piece is painted on a 20″ X 24″ wood canvas in acrylics.
This plaque is a winter scene with dried pale blossoms clinging to the branches without bright colors or green leaves. It is the fourth in a series of Hydrangeas painted in various seasons. These blossoms are beautiful at every stage of life! The pagoda reflecting in the water adds an interesting element. I could not put an insect or bird into the painting as it would be inappropriate for wintertime so the bee is on the reverse side by my signature!