Bee on Yellow Flower, 9×9 inches, watercolor
Bees are a favorite subjects. They are dwindling rapidly in numbers, and this does not bode well for farmers who need bees to pollinate crops. There are a number of causes for the die-off, but the one that the U.S. could act on now–banning glyphosate–is not popular. No doubt the makers of the herbicides that contain it (Monsanto adds it to Roundup), have strong lobbyists in Washington. This saddens me.
The painting can be purchased here through Daily Paintworks.
African Violets, 10×8 inches, acrylic on canvas panel
I painted this on top of a very stark graphic painting of the same subject. I used more imagination in this one. I had used an application on my iPad to manipulate the photo I used as the source for the earlier painting and felt I had copied the altered image too closely. I am more satisfied with this because it is much more my own in terms of color choices and overall expression.
I have African Violets in the bay window of our kitchen (3 pots of them, the plants continually blooming and multiplying!). Mine are actually dark purple, but a lighter color works better here, I think.
I decorated the pot years ago with beads and bits of glass and mirror shards.
If interested in purchasing it, you can do so here. I just posted it on Daily Paintworks
Blue Barn, 12×12 inches, acrylic
I took an image from Google Street View (in Ireland), and simplified it, leaving out a tall pole, a gate and a lot of bushes (or we would call it “brush” when I was growing up in Michigan). The barn without windows is different from those I was familiar with, and when we put hay in the barn it was in square bales. Still, this landscape has the “feel” of home for me and I enjoyed painting it.
I added it to my gallery on Daily Paintworks. It can be purchased here.
I recently watched (again) a video by Jane Davies in which she adds more paint to partially decorated collage papers (papers she used for lifting paint when working on other pieces). She then arranges some of her decorated papers under a pre-cut mat (hers was 4×4) to find pleasing designs & create small collage pieces. You can find the video here. And do watch others of her videos. I am a fan of her work and her techniques, which she generously shares on her blog. Here are the ones I made, using a 6×6 mat. Although the papers kept sliding around under the mat, I persevered and was happy with the results.
Small Grid Abstract #1, 7×6 inches
Small Grid Abstract #2, 7×6 inches
Small Grid Abstract #3, 7 x 6 1/4 inches
Small Grid Abstract #4, 6 1/8 x 6 1/4 inches
Small Grid Abstract #5, 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches
Small Grid Abstract #6, 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches
Small Abstract Design #7, 6×6 inches
These are some of the monotype prints I created in a recent workshop given by Chick Curtis. I learned a lot and had great fun. I used stencils or added collage to all but the first one. I also added some colored pencil to fine tune a couple of these. The two days were exhausting, but worth it!
Balance, approx. 12×9 in.
Dark Tree, Shadowed, approx. 12×9 in.
Tree Glow, approx. 12×9 in.
Raven, approx. 9×12 in.
Moon, approx. 12×9 in.