Sunday, September 6, 2015

Long Live the Trillium

© Long Live the Trillium - 6"x6" oil - $95 (includes shipping) 


Day 6 of 30 in 30 days series of white flowers:

The trillium is a flower near and dear to all Ohioans because it is our state wild flower. I have even done a commission piece of a trillium. In this piece I tried to keep the surroundings as "bottom of the woodland floor" as possible. These flowers are very susceptible if trampled by deer and won't appear again if they are stepped on repeatedly. They are so stark and lovely against all the other colors of the woodland ground cover.

Here are ten things to know about Trillium:

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Nymph of the Pond

©Nymph of the Pond - 6"x6" oil on gessobord - $85 (includes shipping)

Day #4 of 30 paintings in 30 days

I have some pictures of waterlilies but none up this close. I found this reference on a site called pixabay. They offer royalty free use of photos and payment is in the form of a "donation for a cup of coffee." So, if you need some photo references without infringing on copyrights this might be an answer for you.

Since I'm running through these paintings daily I'm really just "piling the paint on" and not worrying about glazing a few days later. I have to say though that I am still a fan of glazing because there is really something to be said for the depth of color one gets in that process. Alla Prima is fun and instantly gratifying but I too love the discipline and patience of glazing.

Facts about the water lily:

Nymphaea odorata

Nymphaea odorata Aiton

American white water lily, Fragrant white water lily, Fragrant water lily, White water lily, Sweet-scented white water lily, Sweet-scented water lily

Nymphaeaceae (Water-Lily Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (I), PR (N), CAN (N)

A floating aquatic plant with large, fragrant, white or pink flowers and flat, round, floating leaves. The leaves have long stems and are bright green above and reddish or purplish underneath, almost round. They are narrowly and deeply cut almost to the center, where the stem is attached. They are up to 10 inches across, floating on the surface of the water or just beneath. There is 1 flower to a stem, white, fragrant, 2–6 inches across, and floating on the water. Flowers open in the early morning and close about noon. There are 4 sepals and many rows of white petals, often more than 25, which are 3/4–4 inches long, thick, and pointed at the tip. There are more than 70 stamens. The outer ones are large and petal-like; they become smaller toward the center.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Calla Lily in the Spotlight

©Calla Lily in the Spotlight - 6"x6" on gessobord 


Day #3 in 30 paintings in 30 days.

Calla Lilys are so graceful and if they could be personified I would say they are the "Grace Kelly" of flowers. Such graceful line, perfect posture and if you turn them upside down they even kind of look like her wedding gown (look it up if you haven't seen it). Maybe that's why brides love them in their bouquets.

These are as dramatic as I could possible make them! This one would probably look nice really big.

Some Interesting Facts about Calla lilies
  • The Calla lily is a perennial bulb.
  • Though called a lily, Calla lilies are not really lilies.
  • Calla is a flowering genus of twenty-eight species originating in Africa and growing mostly in marshy areas.
  • Calla lilies are grown from bulbous roots with finger-like growths. These are known as tubers.
  • The blooming time of Calla lilies is late spring.
  • The word Calla comes from the Greek term for beautiful.
  • The Calla lily roots are poisonous.

Growing Calla lilies

  • Plant Calla Lilies deeply for their good size.
  • Plant them at 4 inches deep, spacing each bulb 12 inches apart.
  • Start bulbs indoors in late winter and transplant them in the spring when the danger of frost has passed.
  • Apply a bulb fertilizer every month during the active growing season.
  • Most Calla Lilies need a rest period after flowering.
  • Let the leaves die back and let plants rest for 2 to 3 months.
  • Then again resume watering to encourage new growth.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hardy Hibiscus

©Hardy Hibiscus - 6"x6" oil on linen panel - $75

Day #2 of the 30 White Flowers in 30 Days.

If you have any Rose of Sharon you know they grow like weeds. And, if you ever forget to trim off those seed pods in the fall you will have at least 40 million (just a little hyperbole) of the little plants to pull up in the spring (speaking from firsthand experience). I happen to have the pink variety and they are one of my favorite bushes. This white one is courtesy of Donna Noice from our upstairs painting class.

Not much time to talk, got to get on to the next painting! Only problem is I ran out of contacts (I know, it's my own fault) and trying to paint with my glasses which are no-line bifocals which tend to make me motion sick! Can't wait to get my mono-vision contacts back!!!! They are the night and day kind so I forget that I can't see until I lose one or run out.

Here's a little rose of sharon info from HGTV:
Despite its name, the deciduous flowering shrub we call rose of Sharon isn’t a rose at all. Native to Asia and India, this plant with exotic-looking blooms is actually a hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus), a member of the mallow family. Other common names include shrub althea, Chinese hibiscus and hardy hibiscus. Rose of Sharon is mentioned in the Old Testament, although scholars think that the reference, which appears in the Song of Solomon, is a mistranslation of a Hebrew word for crocus. 
Shakespeare wrote, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” and rose of Sharon, no matter what name you call it, is lovely. The large single or doubled flowers are often wavy-looking, giving the impression that they’re made of crepe paper. They open in late summer to fall, when few other shrubs are in bloom. Depending on the variety, the flowers may be violet, blue, pink, red, lavender, purple or white, and they often have a dark “eye” in the center.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fresh Cut Peony

©Fresh Cut Peony - 6"x6" oil on ampersand gessobord


Just a quick post for the first of the Leslie Saeta Challenge 30 paintings in 30 days. My theme will be "30 White flowers. I painted this same flower in another orientation about a month ago. I changed the palette a bit and made this one more yellow. I also used the palette knife much more on this one.

Tomorrow is a white Rose of Sharon.
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