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“Red Fireworks”

Red Fireworks

Red Fireworks


I was lucky to get up to Burlington, Vermont for this last 4th of July. Mom, Dad and I drove down to North Beach and settled ourselves in beach chairs ready for the show. What a show!!! Before the fireworks began a storm cell moved across our line of vision and settled over the city. No thunder but a brilliant display of lightning. Spectacular! And then the fireworks started.
I’ve never painted fireworks before and thought this would be fun and different to try. I took a ton of pictures in hopes that some would be good to paint from. Of course I did red first. I had so much fun with this painting I’m trying another – with blues and greens. Happy painting.

Pink Rose with Dew Drops

Pink Rose with Dew Drops

Pink Rose with Dew Drops


The summer moves on, always too quickly. Wish the winter would go by this fast. Still on my painting flowers kick. This rose is a lovely climber in my front yard. It was still perfect before rain, wind and earwigs got to it. I find something so very satisfying from painting these flowers. It’s almost like seeing into their souls and resting there a while. Hmm…..what to paint next?!!

“David’s Wisteria”

“David’s Wisteria” is a companion to “David’s Garden.” David is a neighbor a block over from me and his yard is always exquisite – nicely tended and somewhat orderly. My garden tends to be a bit on the wild and crazy side. I am fascinated (at the moment) about how to paint various flowers.

David's Wisteria

David’s Wisteria


I love the color lavender and I got to really pile the paint on with this subject matter. And now to paint some more flowers – and maybe some more swans!

Swans

Swans

Swans


It has taken two years but I finally made it to Institute Park in Worcester, MA to photograph the resident swans and managed to be there at the right time. Unfortunately, the male had passed away earlier from natural causes but I was blessed to see the new baby. The pair mesmerized me by their graceful dance and dipping for whatever they found at the bottom of this pond. My only disappointment was my painting was done in a rather short amount of time. I was rather enjoying applying the strong blues and greens. However, a painting will be done when it will be done. Maybe I will paint more swans in between painting more flowers.

Two Paintings in May

There’s a monsoon sweeping through New England at the moment. The perfect day for staying indoors. I think this rain is coming from the tropical storm Andrea? It sure is raining!
I managed to get two paintings done in May. Both are 18 x 24 oils. I’m in flower mode and I see myself doing flowers for the rest of the year.

Red Bud Tree

Red Bud Tree

Spirea

Spirea

The “RedBud Tree” I see out my bedroom window and this year the colors were spectacular. “Spirea” is from my parents Bridal Wreath Spirea in Vermont. I was intrigued about making those mounds of flowers.

The Glass Flower

It’s finally finished. After 2 months I completed “The Glass Flower.” I saw this lovely succulent garden when I was in Florida. Its owner tucked little ornaments here and there in her garden. She let me take some photographs to paint from when I got home to Massachusetts. Originally, when I started the painting, I hadn’t really noticed the glass flower. I loved working on this even though it took me forever. Enjoy…..

The Glass Flower

The Glass Flower

Echeveria

Only one painting in March!!! This painting took a bit longer than I had planned. I think the plant is “Echeveria.”

Echeveria

Echeveria


I was fortunate to wander around a lovely garden in Florida and fell in love with this succulent plant. I dearly love painting over paintings and haven’t done that in a while. So I found a discarded color chart one of my former students had left behind and indulged myself – hence all the paint bumps.

Spring is trying to arrive here in Massachusetts. I managed to finally get out and get some yard work done. There is much to do and my poor old body is not happy. You would think shoveling tons of snow would keep me in shape!

My next painting will be a plethera of echeverias. A real brain teaser.

See you all in a month!

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