Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dandelion shadowplay

I know that we are not supposed to like dandelions because they muck up the grass and spread around the lawn like wildfire. And indeed, they are something of a problem in my vegetable garden once the new, edible leaves are gone and the thick, feisty ones arrive. But I still think they are delightful. They don't last long in the vase, just as they don't last long out of doors, but I was able to paint these two - and the beautiful shadow they made on the wall - before they started to fade. While I painted, I listened to The Hazards of Love, by the Decembrists, having been introduced to it by my son. He and his talented friends made a most thrilling theater piece based on this music which I saw last weekend at Skidmore College. The painting is 8" x 10" on linen-covered foam core.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Virtual Paintout - Cote d"azur

This months Paintout location is the Cote d'Azur which has far too many beautiful street views to choose from. I picked this one which is not exactly a street, but it is a view of a lovely little corner at the entry to a church. It feels deeply Provencal to me, what with the beautiful ceramic pots and the wonderful ochre and sienna colors and the quiet sense of timelessness. The painting is 8" x 9" on stretched linen and if you would like to purchase it, click here.