Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunflower Smile

Sunflowers!  One of my favorites to paint and have in the house in a bouquet.  I just think they have SO much personality with their big faces and tilting heads.  This watercolor was painted on 140# Arches watercolor paper and measures 7 7/8" wide by 9 3/4" high.  It was recently juried into the Connecticut Watercolor Society Show at the Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford School of Art.  Hope you enjoy this painting...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hurd House


This painting shows a portion of a beautiful historic house in Pennsylvania called the Hurd House.  I loved the play of the orange tiger lilies against the strong blue sky reflection in the window.  So many of these homes have the interesting textures of stone and stucco, a favorite of mine.  Tiger lilies are in blooming now in our area and always make a spectacular show of color. 
This painting is done on Arches 300# watercolor paper.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Maine - Quiet Bay

This was a lovely little bay area in Maine--I honestly can't remember the town--but it was within an hour's drive of Portland.  If anyone recognizes it, please let me know!  The pastel painting itself is 11" x 5.25", but is framed in a slightly distressed dark brown 2" frame, making it 15" x 9" approximately.  I have used a special "water white" glass which shows color accurately and reduces the reflection.

The photo inspiration for this painting was taken on a weekend trip to Maine to visit our daughter and she loves to take us to beautiful spots to enjoy the scenic views of the water and Maine landscape.  This was late afternoon and the long shadows coming from the west indicate the soon-to-be setting sun.  Hope you enjoy this piece and it takes you on a little vacation of your own.  ..and Happy July 4th!

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