Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wisteria - o/c 36" x 36"

Wisteria flowers bloom in a variety of colors; purple, blue, pink, yellow or white. They are known for longevity. To date, the oldest one know was planted by a Buddhist monk 1000 years ago in the central Kanto region of Japan. They continue to stand bringing forth beautiful purple blooms the end of April to early May.  In 1395, an Imperial Prince planted them in the southern Prefecture he lived and designated "The Wisteria" a national natural treasure. And for that reason, they are also know for honor.

European families mark the ages of generations passing with the growth of this vine, and so it makes sense the vine embodies an essence of immorality. Fathers and grandfathers tell their sons of stolen kisses beneath the same wisteria that grew during the day of their great grandfathers life.

Perhaps that's why a romantic feeling began before the creation of "Wisteria" and carried forth throughout the six week painting process. For memories standing below these stunning yellow blooms and looking upward was magnificent. So what better time was there than to create a painting depicting these vines for a collector to enjoy in the present, and share stories for generations to come?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

A Clearing in Provence with Poppies - o/c 21" x 25"

"A Clearing in Provence with Poppies" recently complete is an original oil painting depicting springtime when the poppies are in full bloom. Growing along the landscape they are limitless and provide beautiful contrast to the blades of grass and foliage on the trees.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Field of Texas Bluebonnets - o/c 21" x 25"

How lovely is a carpet of royal and bold-blue colored wild flowers growing upon the rolling hills of Texas in spring? Unique also, because bluebonnets grow no where else in the world.

Upon research of these flowers, I came across an historic quote. "The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland."  These are words one never could forget.

The oil painting is simply titled "Field of Texas Bluebonnets" and she is considered first in my series of these flowering fields.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sunflower Field in Arles - o/c 29" x 33"

There is something to be said about the welcoming style of French farmhouses in the way they are grouped together compared to other countries. Structures are connected together and placed at various angles in a practical living and working arena. And in doing so, they also provide the close-knit warmth for the family within. 

Windows, however few, are not facing four directions. This is due to the cold northwesterly mistral that passes through in winter and spring. I recall humorously reading that "the mistral is strong enough to blow the ears off a Provence donkey." Of course, not as humorous, if you're experiencing those dreaded winds first hand. 

I have snapped photos over the years of these farmhouses, and leafed through books creating various compositions for these original works. Remaining true to my artistic style, I add the appearance of ivy growing up the walls to give the appearance of a farmhouse antiquity. And trees and shrubbery surrounding the structures for protection from the mistral, and shade from the summer sun. This also provides harmonious color and depth between the sunlight and shadows. Beyond the shadows and structured interior, I evoke more added interest into one's imagination while gazing upon the painting.

The sunflower field is especially inviting when the stalks are tall, and flowers in full bloom. And those in the foreground appear to droop sadly, but due to the weight of their seeds and pedals they are lush and ready for harvesting.

Besides sharing a story about "French Farmhouse with Sunflowers" . . . did you know that while the color yellow signifies HAPPINESS, the sunflower symbolizes LOYALTY and LONGEVITY?