Thursday, October 24, 2013

Stargazer Lilies

Stargazers are among the prettiest of flowers. 
I found these at my local grocery store and couldn't resist
buying a couple of stems.
Then I needed to paint them.

8" x 8" oil on canvas panel

for sale on DPW auction

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bellissimo Fiore Strada

I painted this lovely narrow old stone street 
and stone and stucco buildings bedecked with flowers,
from a photo taken by my sister 
when she vacationed in Spello, Italy.
The title 'bellissimo fiore strada' 
means 'beautiful flower street'.

8" x 6" oil on canvas board


Monday, October 21, 2013

Morning Song

Sometimes, when the sun is just beginning to ascend,
 it begins as a reddish orb that gradually becomes a butter yellow.
The sky reflects the golden glow, setting tree tops alight,
and clouds and mist revealing various shades of purples.
You can almost hear the earth singing to the new day.

8" x 6" oil on canvas panel


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Blue Geraniums and Orange Butterfly

Up against the brilliant orange of a butterfly
these lovely Roxannes,
are a showy contrast of blues and purples
as they cascade over the sides
of an old wooden apple basket.

8" x 8" oil on canvas panel


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Valley of the Blue Moon

Usually the term "once in a blue moon" 
indicates something rarely happening, unusual or extraordinary. 
In traveling, every once in a while, I'll see something so lovely, 
with such a beautiful ambiance, that even a photo cannot capture 
what the eye and mind perceive. 
This valley with the spectacular moon is one of those places.

8" x 6" oil on canvas panel


Monday, October 14, 2013

Turning Leaves

I  kept this painting simple, so that it best depicts the beauty of nature in the turning colors of leaves. It doesn't revel so much in flashy shades of golds and reds, but in the subtle shades of rust and ochre more symbolic of the season. 

5" x 7" watercolor on 140 lb. acid free watercolor paper


Monday, October 7, 2013

Canadian Thistle - and Bee

The Canadian Thistle was originally painted in acrylic 
on a fine French linen paper a few years ago. I added the bee  
(which had been in the photo I took and used as reference)
 and entered the revised painting  in the "Bee" challenge 
on Daily paint Works.
I overlaid much of the original acrylic painting 
and added the bee in oils. 

6" x 6" mixed media


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Ranch on Last Dollar Road

This scene was painted from Lee Brown's photo 
on 'A Day Not Wasted' October challenge, 
that he took recently of a ranch at the end of Lost Dollar Rd. 
near Telluride, CO. 
I have traveled through this stunning country
 and knew I wanted to paint it. 

6" x 8" oil on canvas panel


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Autumn Moon

Painted for DPW Fall color challenge.
This one more traditional than the 'blues' of fall
of my first entry (see Blue Geraniums).
I combined a photo of the large harvest moon
and the back forty where the trees are a riot of fall colors.
Snuck in the local pumpkin patch in the foreground,
and 'Voila!' a quick fall study.

8" x 10 " oil on canvas board