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Sunflower

Sunflowerwatercolor on paper8.5" x 11.5"/21.5 x 29 cm.

I couldn't resist buying this sunflower from the market the other day. It usually dies before I manage to finish painting it from life. It almost felt like it waited for me to finish: it started drooping only once I was done.


 my work in progress
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Daydreaming Summer

Daydreaming Summerwatercolor on paper 8.5" x 11.5"/21.5 x 29 cm.


It has become rather cold and dreary. I thought this would cheer me up, hopefully it will you as well!
Happy New Year!

From My Garden

From My Gardenwatercolor on paper 8" x "8"
Here are the last two paintings part of the gift to my parents. This is the final bloom from my Hibiscus bush, it is hard to believe it has kept blooming as far as December. The pink tones have a bluish hue in the autumn light.

"August Window" is from a photo I snapped during the Italian holiday of Ferragosto , celebrated the 15th of August. It is a very hot part of summer, it is very uncommon to see an open window in the midday sun. I attempt to convey this feeling from a special, rather quiet time of year.



August Window watercolor on paper 8" x 9"
This is the final project: what it will look like on display....

all lined up and finished!



My friends, I wish you much joy and happiness this Christmas!




Vine Ripe

Vine Ripe  watercolor on Fabriano Artistico paper 9" x 12"/ 23 x 30,5 cm
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This is an older painting I reworked. I felt I could have pushed it more, I feel better about the result now.
Thank you for stopping by!

Sweet Renewal

Sweet Renewal watercolor on Arches paper 8" x 8" / 20 x 20 cm


 This painting is the second in a four part gift I am preparing. You can see the first one by clicking here.

I painted this set up from life completely except for the macaroons, which  I made up.  I am trying to keep the theme in the four paintings light and airy in color.




Pumpkins

Pumpkins
watercolor on Fabriano paper
30 cm x 23 cm/ 12 " x 9"
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This painting is based on a photo provided by art friend, Geri Berkenstock, painted with his permission.  I really love the warm colors of the season. It took me quite a bit of effort to build up the strong oranges, glazing my colors with many layers.

This is a fun time of year, especially for kids. I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween!


Preserving It Fresh

 Preserving It Fresh watercolor on Arches paper 17 cm x 17 cmNFS

I started this still life painting from freshly bought flowers I purchased during the summer. Even if I had to put the painting aside for a while, I was finally able to finish it last week from some photos I had taken. It is one of four paintings I am working on for a series which I will be presenting as a gift.

The painting went through a series of scrubbing off and paint reapplying. I normally don't prefer to use masking fluid but found it necessary to preserve the various areas of color and build up the hues. I was always worried I would end up tearing the paper when rubbing but it handles it well ...I sweated bullets, as can be imagined, in the process.



(below, various stages of my work in progress)