May Brings Spring Flowers!
White Blossoms of Ewing Park, 5x7 floral painting
Near the end of April, Paul and I headed north to visit my family and friends in Western Pennsylvania. One of our stops included a favorite, Ewing Park in Ellwood City. Along the main road into the park, blossoming trees and shrubs greeted us. What a lovely springtime HELLO! I especially gathered inspiration from the white blossoms near the trailhead of the park. Painting this floral artwork reminded me again of the natural beauty that surrounds us. This painting is currently on display and for sale at the Bijou Cinema and Bistro in San Antonio with the Texas Pastel Society's Members Art Show for May 2016.
Tulip Blooms in Glass, 5x7 floral still life painting
Tulips have always been one of my favorite spring flowers. I remember traveling to Holland and visiting endless fields of blooming tulips when I lived and worked in Europe. Dutch tulips are breathtaking and inspiring. Earlier this month, I bought some purple and white tulip blooms to enjoy and paint as a still life. I listened to classical music and painted this artwork in my kitchen. I placed the flowers in one of my glass vases to showcase and appreciate them as well. My painting will be available and on display this Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10 to 4, at the Boerne Art Waddle. I'll have this season's artwork in my white tent on the Cibolo Creek, 401 Brackenridge, Boerne, on the lovely property of Nancy White, our hostess. Hope you'll join me!
White Orchids in Orange Pot, 12x6 floral still life
In February, I received a pot of white orchids as a gift. I love flowers so these flowers were very special to me. I worked hard to keep them alive and healthy. Lots of attention by way of water and fertilizer, just the right amount of sunlight, and so on. I drew inspiration from my gift so I decided to paint a still life. This is the first time I have painted in this size. 12 x 6. I thought a tall and narrow composition would help accent the height of the flowers in the pot. I also found a perfect gold gallery frame at Harold's Framing, one of my favorite San Antonio frame shops on Roosevelt Avenue.
King of Sunshine and Shadows, Grayling on the Back Deck, cat portrait painting
Grayling, a feral cat, mysteriously arrived in the middle of the night. He's been with us now for over a year. Trust and love have won him over. He's part of our furry family and prefers to sit in the sunlight on our back deck. Our backyard has lots of tall trees. I liked the image of the tree shadows on his back. I decided to paint his portrait where he feels most comfortable--the railing on our deck. I placed a thick, colorful rug in the spot he likes. He's claimed it for himself. He's the King of Waldon Heights!