Friday, September 20, 2013

Secret Garden

When my children were small my mother, an avid gardener, would let them come with her  to her "Secret Garden", which she had terraced out of the hillside in her back yard.  There were little paths with flowers on each side and places to just sit and enjoy the view.  This is a painting of my own back yard, which has flowers planted in her memory.  My little garden statue, tucked away under the large peony blossoms, always makes me think of that special place.  Gardens are good for the spirit. 

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Purple Haze


Softly shifting light
reveals grass and dune and sea
today?  Purple Haze

I've done a lot of sunsets in this style, but this is a morning painting.   The sky has the delicate colors of sunrise and soft purples cover the grasses and shadows on the sand.  This watercolor measures 9.75" wide by 6.75" high, but is double matted to 11 x 14".  The mat colors I'm using are Whisper White and Cloud.  I chose them for the color, but loved the names, which seemed to go so well with this painting.

This piece is done on 140# Arches watercolor paper, with transparent Winsor & Newton watercolors.  The colors in the actual painting are more intense in the sky, with some beautiful peaches to complement the purples.  Hope you enjoy!

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