Vintage Sunflower

Sunflowers have a special place in my heart.  They always take me back to my grandfather’s Illinois garden.  As children, my brother and I loved to wander the tidy paths in this magical place with the giant, majestic sunflowers that floated over our heads.  They were truly the stars of the garden. Do you have a sentimental flower?

Vintage Sunflower III
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Gerberas from Whimsy Garden

Happy Weekend, Friends Through Art,

How is Gerberas from Whimsy Garden for a summery floral (summer’s almost here)?  Whimsy Garden is an imaginary place located in The Land of Whimsy where I  often go to paint.  As many artists have said, through art, one can take a little vacation without ever leaving home.

Gerberas - Final Scan (3)

Thank you for stopping by.  Until next time, let’s keep shining.

Wild Roses

Wild Roses
Wild Roses

Hey Art Friends,  Have you made time to stop and smell the roses lately?  This watercolor was inspired by one of my David Austin roses, ‘Golden Celebration.”  I’m one who would rather get a bare root rose bush in the mail for Valentine’s Day than roses from the florist.  ‘Golden Celebration’ is one of those lovely, old fashioned roses with a droopy form.  The giant blooms are perfumed with a heavenly citrus scent, which floats across the whole garden area.  Mother Nature certainly is the ultimate artist, isn’t she?  I titled this one Wild Roses because I sure came up with some wild purples when I mixed my own.  Lately, I’m challenging myself to work with a more limited palette while learning to mix more of my own colors such as “Wild Rose Purple.” 😉  Do you have a favorite rose, or a favorite wild color you’ve mixed in your artistic creations?  If you do, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.

Until next time, let’s keep on shining and decorating the world.

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Fairy Garden Flowers


Fairy Garden Flowers
Fairy Garden Flowers

Fairy Garden Flowers was inspired by my painting music of the day, which was Wildflowers by the fabulous Tom Petty.  Isn’t the power of music a magical thing?  As those tunes floated through the room, this painting just seemed to paint itself.  I hope you’ll stop by my little gallery again.  Until next time, let’s keep shining and decorate the world.  “You belong somewhere you feel free.”  – Tom Petty

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A Sunny Bouquet IV


One last sunny bouquet picked from the garden of my imagination.  There’s nothing like color therapy to ward off the winter blues.

A favorite quote that’s so true for me

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”

Marc Chagal

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A Sunny Bouquet V


Yet another bouquet picked from the garden of my imagination.  This floral was inspired by a severe case of spring fever during the gray, dreary days of winter.  Those days seem to be a thing of the past now here in metro Atlanta.  I drove though the charming downtown area of our city earlier, and noticed the flowering trees have all slipped into their colorful gowns seemingly overnight. Wishing you a beautiful day!

A favorite quote: “If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Edward Hopper

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