People are always bringing me specimen flowers and I love it! I always want to paint them, but often they
are blooms that only last one day. So I have to "get on it" and paint like mad! Both the Fringed Hibiscus and the Passion Vine bloom only last one day. However the buds hanging down on the Hibiscus bloomed after the first one dropped, so I had a few days to work on it.
This is a photo of 2/3's of this painting, which is 12 by 12 inches square. I cut three huge blooms of a hydrangea plant and put them in a vintage pottery vase with a little pottery pitcher nestled up to them. For the background I used a piece of upholstery cloth with muted flowers on it, picking up my pinks and blues. Hydrangeas are hard to paint because they are a bunch of little blooms all together, even overlapping, but I am always up for a challenge. Hope you like it! Your comments are appreciated.
It's the time of year to be planting and working in the garden, so I couldn't resist painting an old chair turned into a planter! I have made some of these before using moss to line the chair and they are really whimsical and cute...a fun subject for a painting.
Egg tempera is fun to do, although quite different from watercolors or acrylics or oils. It is egg
yolk mixed with pigment and is a very old and enduring medium. To apply the paint, it is best to work in
layers, sort of building the painting layer by layer, as it is transparent. When completely dry, it is very hard. Click on this to see it closer.
Painting is my passion and I try to paint as much as possible everyday. I love gardening and decorating my home, but when it is hot like it is here in summer, I find my studio is where I want to be! I have also been writing a book about my experiences in the antique shop business. Writing a book is a lot of hard work, what with editing and trying to get one's ideas down in a concise and interesting manner, not to mention the frustrations of using the computer!! I've almost completed it, though. I love so many creative things, including quilting! There just is not enough hours in the day.