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Hydrangeas in Winter Plaque II

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.

“Gone Fishing” Memorial Stone

This stone was commissioned as a memorial to a loved one. I painted the motorboat at its regular mooring with “Johnny’s” hat painted in Trompe L’oeil style. I worked from photoes of his boat and the lake where he moored it, but I had Johnny’s real hat sitting on my work table as I painted it. I tried to capture the feel of the canvas fabric and the stitching. It was such a big hat that I could not make it life size or it would have covered the whole surface! A simple message on the side says it all. The stone is about 16 ” in diameter and 2 inches thick. The shape of the stone suggested a heart to me; It was all I needed for inspiration. My first step in starting the piece was to block it in with chalk.