Illumined

wildflower watercolor

   My emotions turn a little bittersweet at this time of the year. Autumn is an exuberant time of color and temperatures cooling down. However, it means the growing season is closing and gray skies will figure in our future. Wanting to hang on to this waning season, I painted the piece I titled Illumined. It’s a celebration of the annual bloom of Balsamroot and Lupine wildflowers we experience in the Columbia River Gorge. It will be available to the public in the future, but I’m currently enjoying this exclamation of life in my home.

Illumined, original watercolor, 28″ x 31″

Red Poppies

Mornings are still quite chilly in The Dalles, Oregon, but I definitely have springtime on my mind. Pruning roses and fruit trees, cleaning up the perennial flowers, and replenishing the raised beds occupy my time as weather allows. When I can’t dig in the dirt, I head back to my painting table. Red Poppies, watercolor, speaks to the coming explosion of floral color. This painting will be part of my collection for the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour on April 20-22.

Late Summer Splendor

One of my favorite recent watercolors has been Late Summer Splendor, in which I celebrate the exuberance of sunflowers.

This time lapse video shows my approach to a floral subject: drawing the subject on 300 lb. watercolor paper, select use of a masking agent, and painting a wet-into-wet background. From there, I painted lots of petals employing colors from light to dark, in both temperature and values. It sometimes feels like I’m constructing my own personal jigsaw puzzle. The finished piece has qualities of radiant light and summer heat…exactly what I was hoping to capture.