Beneath the Wild Sky Iris Garden and a Big Announcement

Beneath the Wild Sky Iris Garden
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I posted another Facebook live video today, my third one - and the good news is, I succeeded in not accidentally letting my houseslippers show in the film. I've also learned that if I keep kibble on hand, I can lure her majesty, AnnieBee, into posing for her admirers during part of the shoot. This is always a big hit. I was feeling downright smart about the whole thing, until I lost my wifi connection and the video cut short just a bit! whoospie! If you missed the video clip, you can see it by clicking here. I shared a peek at my new little bistro table and chairs, and my new cute little squishable peony pillows that arrived a few days ago. But I digress!

I have a big announcement to make, but not....quite....yet! I'll be sharing it in my next newsletter and if you love color, if you love painting, and if you love FREE stuff, you won't want to miss it. Have you signed up yet? I sure hope so, the early bird gets the blossom, flower friends!

My little breakfast nook! Check out my new peony pillows here....

Pinwheels and Peonies and Driving in a Tornado, Oh My....!

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Pinwheels and Peonies, Detail
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Pinwheels and Peonies is the newest painting in the studio. I arrived home after four days of teaching in Illinois to find fresh peonies still blooming in the studio vase! These brave flowers waited patiently for their moment on the canvas, and then shattered, one by one, into a million fragrant petals on the work table.

It's been a scary few weeks with my little studio director AnnieBee, last Monday, smack dab in the middle of a tornado/windstorm, I got a call from my vet saying to get Annie to the clinic the instant I received her call. Annie's blood work from the week before had some dangerous levels and she wanted to see her right away. This was my first time driving in a tornado, and I have to say, it was scary. The sirens were blaring, there was hail pounding, and the truck was rocking back and forth. As you might have guessed, I hadn't checked the weather channel before taking off for the vet's office. When I arrived at the clinic, everyone in the building was in the central room, cats and dogs, and people too, all residing together quite peacefully side by side, waiting out the storm. Tomorrow we get Annie's ultrasound results, so please send good thoughts her way. I'm not quite sure how I would get anything done without my number one supervisor lending a paw!


Painting Peonies in Tennessee

We'll be painting peonies at my workshop in Tennessee coming up soon and you are invited to join me April 29 to May 1 - I love teaching the Tennessee ladies, and our lovely hostess Gail owes me dessert so I'm especially excited about this trip! Read more here...

 

Studio Director Anniebee

Among the Angels

Among the Angels White Iris
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I dreamed of my Mother last night. We were attending a play about Alice in Wonderland, and my Mother was wearing a funny hat and she was laughing. These are the best dreams of all. On our farm, she planted a bed of red and orange day lilies and every spring they would bloom. In her busy life of raising four teenage daughters and working full time, she rarely watered the lilies or had time to pull the weeds around them. I suspect there were even times she forgot they were there. Through hard winters, through summers without rain, they bloomed for almost two decades. I like to imagine they are still there, waiting patiently under the soil, for the next beautiful person to come, who will be worth blooming for.

Color Boot Camp Is Here!

Fall to Earth Peony
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Color bright enough to make your hair curl!

Color bright enough to make your hair curl!

Are you hopelessly in love with a cad? Worse yet, perhaps you are in love with several cads at the same time!

Fear not flower friends...my very first color boot camp is here! You are invited to paint with me May 20-22 in Irving, Texas, with three days of learning how to make your colors hop up and dance on the canvas.

Let's make dramatically beautifully adventurous and unapologetically bright flower paintings together! I'm going to bring some fun surprises to wake up your palette, with three full days of lessons, demos and paintings.

I'll be sharing all my favorite color recipes and how to create your own personal palette.

Color Boot Camp
May 20-22, 2016
Irving, Texas

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Saying Goodbye to My Childhood Home

Memories Alight White Daisies
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The family farm passed to its new owners today. Summertime memories of walking barefoot down dusty paths, exploring in the woods on our bicycles, and watching my mother's sunflowers grow 10 feet tall in the garden, all of these things will not pass, however, from my thoughts.

The piano room and its shelves filled with her collections of literature textbooks and poetry is empty now. Only the echos of Whitman, Cummings, and Silverstein remain, and the song Fur Elise slips around the corners, windowsills and doorways, of my dreams.

 

Daisies (and memories) alight in the studio....

Daisies (and memories) alight in the studio....

Ancient Gardens and Italy in June

Ancient Gardens
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There is a sacred feeling to the old stone gardens of Europe, even if the walls are crumbling, and sometimes because of it. At times the most important thing to do when you stumble upon one of these ancient gardens is simply to stop and consider them, without a pen or brush in hand.

I'm super excited to announce that my Italy workshop is filling up flower friends - don't delay, I want to share ancient markets, gourmet food, and this dream painting vacation with you in June! We'll provide the paint, you bring your camera, walking shoes and inner child!

Painting Brilliant Italy, June 2016

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Wine tastings under the stars!

Wine tastings under the stars!

Pink Angel White Lilies and a Colorful Escape to Italy

Pink Angel White Lilies
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The chilly winter air called for hot pinks in the studio tonight. I used bright orange patchwork to add a bit of whimsy to the fresh lilies under the spotlights. The flower models once again held up bravely, with no fidgeting or yawning!

2015 is winding down and I'm super excited to announce my new workshop to Italy in June 2016! We'll indulge in open air markets, wine tastings, a day trip to the Adriatic Sea, and ~ oh yes ~ painting! Here's the flower scoop!



Amethyst Ballet and Irises in December

Amethyst Ballet Iris Garden
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My iris garden is blooming and it's almost the end of December. Each morning I awaken, expecting the cold to stop this unusual spell of blossoms, and more and more flowers are opening. I've decided to see this colorful bounty as a gift from my newest guardian angel. Thank you for the beauty, Mom, Merry Christmas!

Love and Be Loved Daisies and Bundling Up Memories

Love and Be Loved Daisies
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This antique pitcher was one of the few treasures I chose from my Mother's house today, when we packaged up all of the memories, books, and mementoes from her estate. Being there with my three sisters was a comfort. Bound by love, we can get through everything, because we have each other.

 

The studio models take a bow!

Step by Step Peonies and How to Keep Your Colors Clean ~ Happy Thanksgiving From Flower Mound Studio!

Butterfly Rest Stop Pink Peonies
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Thanksgiving is a most favorite holiday in our household, if one were to take a vote from the residents. It's only logical, considering the humans are outnumbered by the Pugs at the polls, and Pugs consider eating a national sport.

I've created a little step by step for you showing how Butterfly Rest Stop Pink Peonies came to bloom. I always begin my paintings with clean, transparent colors - transparents are your super powers! To find out if a color you are using is a transparent, check the little square on the tube. If the square is black, it is opaque. If the square is white, it is transparent. A line down the middle means it is semi-opaque. If the tube does not have the small square on it, check the web site or label for more information on the transparency index.

Always reach for a transparent when you have a choice, it will help keep your colors clean and fresh and avoid muddying up your pretty petals.

Happy Thanksgiving flower friends, may you be blessed as we enter the holiday season, and may you be surrounded by loved ones each and every day.