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.
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.
Fall 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.