Still Life with Pumpkin

Still Life with Pumpkin

Color is my obsession as an artist. I’ve written an award-winning book on color for quilters, but color in painting is far more complex.

Mixing hues, warms and cools, intense and dull all work together to make an exciting painting. I love the bold hues of the apples and pumpkin against the blue bowl and green mug (my husband’s Scoutmaster mug).

We live near a pumpkin farm and apple orchards, so fall is a wonderful time of year here. No lack of inspiration for painting.

16×20″ watercolor on cold-pressed paper


Field of Poppies

Fields of Poppies

Taking my son to summer camp, I spotted the most beautiful field of poppies and had to stop to take photos.  I had already dropped off my older son at camp, and my younger son was in his car seat shouting “let’s go!”

Art waits for no one. I snapped as many photos as I could, and have painted this scene countless times as well as made an award-winning art quilt from it.

Watercolor on cold-pressed paper


Tulips in an Ebay Vase

My husband gave me these tulips for Mother's day. I placed in my one of my favorite vases, found from all places, Ebay.
My husband gave me these tulips for Mother’s day. I placed in my one of my favorite vases, found from all places, Ebay.

Tulips have such a strong, yet delicate form. They don’t grow well in Georgia, so I buy them from my local grocery store or paint the ones my husband so lovingly gifts to me.

This is one of my favorite vases: it has lovely scallops around the top, and graceful curves on the handle.

I bought it, from all places, on Ebay. One person’s trash is truly another’s treasure.

Watercolor, 8×10″ on Arches cold-press paper


Roses, Tulips & Football Weekends

Roses & Tulips for Football Weekends
As the only woman in an all-male household, I’m the lone holdout on football weekends. I’m interested in the games, but not glued to the television.

So painting is what I do while the men in my home are yelling at the television, rooting for UGA and the Atlanta Falcons.

This is the same setup as my Floral Still Life, without the apple and blue dish. I actually painted this one first, and love the triadic color scheme and use of violets, warm and cool.

Watercolor, 8×10″ on Arches cold-pressed paper


Roses and Tulips Still Life

Floral Still LifeFall is here, yet I still want to paint yellow roses. I know oranges, rusts, and browns are coming, but I want to savor lighter, brighter colors as long as possible.

This combination of soft yellow roses against the vivid tulips is striking. The Honeycrisp apple will be gone soon from the local orchards, so I wanted to capture it while it’s still in season.

The tiny blue dish is handmade from a gallery in Madeleine Island, Wisconsin. I traveled there with my friend Marybeth to attend a Gwen Marston quilting workshop at the Madeleine Island School of the Arts, and after class each day, we would tour the island and its galleries.  This is one of three exquisite, tiny dishes I bought.

Watercolor, 8×10″ on Arches cold-pressed paper