The idea for "Blue Heron Nature Preserve" , a small oil landscape painting of on canvas came from a plein air outing this summer. Blue Heron Nature Preserve is tucked back in a wooded area on the way to Buckhead, an area outside the city of Atlanta, Georgia. While in this beautiful location, I had focused my attention on the colors in the water's reflections! After getting the basic shapes down while there, the painting was completed here in my studio. I feel that I captured the mood of the scene accurately!
Camaraderie is about relationship between old friends in Italy. Spending the afternoon beneath the trees, watching passersby is not often enjoyed by most U.S. citizens. Because I was charmed by witnessed these men's sharing of their time, I wanted to record the moment in a watercolor painting.
Who can resist the allure of white linen fabric! Linen has been traditionally used to make bedding, bath, and lightweight undergarments. The warm natural light falls across the front of her body onto the bed linens and pillows. When viewing this oil painting try to imagine what the woman must be thinking as she rests on the beautiful iron bed.
Sometimes I envy the Italian lifestyle as opposed to the sedentary lifestyle of some United States residents! While in Europe, I tend to have more energy and I feel that it must come from the fact that I walk everywhere when visiting! The original watercolor painting titled " A Brisk Walk " is my way of expressing this exhilarating feeling one gets in a beautiful city full of inspiring architecture and meaningful history!
"Count On Me" is a floral still life oil painting of black eyed susans, a yellow perennial which gives beautiful color to the driveway entry of our home. I count on being able to enjoy looking at the warm yellow and green mass through the front windows in late summer! Black Eyed Susans reseed themselves so be careful where you plant them! I especially like the look of them in a pottery vase on my kitchen table!
Photographing the scenery along country roads is always scheduled in my itinerary when traveling to my home state of North Carolina! There are rustic and romantic vistas, charming homesites , and farm animals in the fields! Even the two lane roads have a charming way of winding through the countryside! As I travel around Atlanta, I pretty much see 7 or more lanes of traffic as I go about my day! "Midday In Ironduff" , an oil landscape painting describes my response to this countryside residence situated on a huge tract of farmland. Can you just see the owners of the property climbing the hill for a home grown supper!
When sweet little birds leave their nests in late spring/early summer there may be a treasure later found after the foliage disappears! So it happened that my husband found this nest with a little something left behind! Hence, the title, "Left Behind" of my latest still life oil painting of this bird's nest! It is a marvel that the birds are able to weave their little sticks and scraps into the perfect little basket shaped objects to hold their babies!
I wait with anticipation the blooming of hydrangeas in my garden late May. I place them in vases or baskets throughout the house! It is a joy to paint them in varied styles during their blooming season! Wouldn't you like to enjoy one of my hydrangea paintings all year long!!