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
16X16, Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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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
14X14
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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
20X16
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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
24X24
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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.

 

Shooting Star Pink Hydrangeas

Shooting Star Pink Hydrangeas
20X20
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I went to the market for eggs and milk today and ended up with a shopping cart filled with hydrangeas, stock, daisies, and two bundles of new lilies. Clearly, I should not be allowed to shop without adult supervision. A friend mentioned today how lucky I am to have a job where fresh flowers is a business expense. They were absolutely right - and vases and fruit and paint brushes, too! It's a shame I can't write off the pug helpers. They do provide valuable assistance from time to time, alerting me when a leaf flutters outdoors and also making sure I'm aware of mealtimes and snack times throughout the day. Grabbing mouthfuls of my art notes and running through the house with them (with me hollering and chasing them) is also a great way to break up the monotony, after all.

We are about to enter into the headlong holiday rush, and I've got a super big announcement coming up. Stay tuned to my art newsletter flower friends, for all the flower news that's fit to print, plus gratuitous pictures of the pug helpers!

The studio models take a bow! (and the oranges roll around a bit...)

Ginger Jar Lilies and the Ghost of Windswept Manor

Ginger Jar Lilies
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Ginger Jar Lilies was my class demonstration in St. Louis, Missouri, this morning. I love the tall skinny formats, they're so fun to hang next to doors and windows in tight spaces. The ladies in class today scored some home runs (note the baseball reference, St. Louis?) with their lilies today, painting in both oils and a few in acrylics. Tomorrow we paint French landscapes, and I'm a bit sad it's already the last day with this fabulous group of ladies.

I'll have to get plenty of rest tonight, it will be our French party day tomorrow, so I'm hoping the ghost doesn't keep me awake tonight! What ghost, you say? *cue Ghost Gusters theme song!*  You may recall last spring my blog post on this fabulous historic manor where I am a guest each year in my home town of St. Louis. A dear friend is lovingly restoring her home, Windswept, (a house with a name! how cool is that!). Windswept was built by a ship boat captain in the early 1800s. It is full of beautiful woodwork, vintage brick walls, lovely creaky staircases with dreamy satin smooth wooden bannisters, lace curtains, antique glass windows, truly sigh-worthy.

My friend says ghostie, who happens to be the wife of the ship boat captain, only makes her presence known every few years. She's moved pictures off of walls and laid them on the floor side by side, she's moved things around on the front of the refrigerator, and she once scared a house guest out of his chair when he was sitting at the head of the dinner table and saw her standing at the foot of the stairs.

So here I am, with the whole upstairs to myself, after dark, all alone, typing this entry for you, and wondering, is ghostie reading over my shoulder, tssking at the silly visitor who has invaded her space and presumed upon her hospitality? Does she approve of my Cath Kidston bag hanging on her antique doorknob. Is she wishing she could try on a pair of my yoga mat sandals? As long as she doesn't slam a door or knock a book off the shelf, she and I will get along just fine. If anything ghostly occurs, I promise to promptly report it to you right here on the bloggy! Sleep well flower friends, tomorrow is another day - to bloom!

PS - Congratulations to Paula McCurry and Karen Stevens, winners in my huge Facebook drawing last week. Stay tuned for more prizes and follow the daily painting (obsession) journey on my fan page!

The gardens of Windswept Manor

Sit a Spell - Lounging Around in a Tennessee Flower Garden

Studio Director Anniebee and her puggy wingman, Hannah

Studio Director Anniebee and her puggy wingman, Hannah

There is nothing more inviting than a glider in a flower-filled garden, and nowhere I'd rather be on a cool day. I'm home after teaching two back to back workshops in Collierville, Tennessee, this week, and heading to St. Louis in a few days to swing a brush in my hometown with some of my favorite students in the whole world. Lately I've found myself being drawn to landscapes and light, and thanks to the beautiful gardens of my Tennessee hostess, Carolyn, I was able to capture some photos for paintings for some time to come. 

As soon as I'm back from St. Louis, I'll be heading to San Diego, California, but before leaving for these trips, I'm hosting a double double giveaway on my Facebook fan page this week. Check out my page for a chance to win Garden Nook Hydrangeas, a fine art print! I'll be announcing the winner Wednesday night, and may the flower force be with you! In the meantime, my little helpers are taking me to task regarding the excessive traveling I've been doing. As you can see here, AnnieBee in particular notes, "Mama, you got some 'splainin' to do!"