Friday, May 29, 2015

Vibrant Bouquet

Vibrant Bouquet, 19" x 19" Pastel on Paper

I have been doing a series of flower paintings and this is my latest in pastel. I loved using all my rich vibrant pastels for this painting. This pastel is framed in a black plein air type frame and the colors just pop against the black! 
I have also done some flowers in acrylic on canvas with lots of texture, I will be posting those soon. Flowers never cease to inspire me!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

California Poppies

"Abundant Poppies" 5" x 7" pastel on paper
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These little poppies where inspired by a trip I took to the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens where the poppies are in their full glory! My wonderful husband took me there last week for a photo opportunity and I took many photos only to return home and because I did not format my camera card I lost most my photos! That has happened to me before but I guess I did not learn my lesson but will remember to format the card from now on. 
These poppies where done totally by memory and I am really pleased with how they turned out. I am beginning to paint more and more from my heart and memories than using photo references. Not that using photo references are bad and I am sure I will use them along but this is something new for me and very freeing as an artist.