Monday, March 22, 2010

Milkweed in Green

Last fall, at a city park near my home, after the wildflowers had all faded, some milkweed pods were just opening and launching their winged seeds into the crisp air. I took several photos and couldn't wait to get home to paint them. I eventually made three 14" x 11" acrylic paintings, each with a different color around the pods. This is the one in green.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Squire Pope Road Live Oak

Along Squire Pope Road on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina there is a very old, majestic live oak. It creates its own microcosm of nature. I would have liked to pitch a tent under it and stay awhile, but instead I took a picture, from which I later painted an 8" x 10" pastel.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Madeline Island

This serene spot on the shore of Madeline Island in Lake Superior intrigued me when I was on a boat trip of the Apostle Islands several years ago. I began using pastels last year, and found that some scenes, like this one, lend themselves to pastels a little better than to acrylic paints. This is 14" x 11".

Flowers in the Wind

This 7" x 5" mixed media abstract began as a watercolor monoprint on glass, which I transferred to paper, then enhanced with pastels. I began using this process a few months ago and enjoy the freedom of "creating on a whim."

Swiss Mountain Church

I painted this quaint church recently from a photo I took in 1966 in the Swiss Alps. I can almost hear the bells ringing. This is a 10" x 8" acrylic on paper.