Do I ever looooove zinnias, so August Brights, about 15 x 22 inches, $140, was a fun one to paint out in my garden and then finished months later in January. It was super cold outside (vortex) so painting these inside warmed my heart and took me right back to an August garden :). Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting. It’s also available in note card.
Dahlia Delights, 15 x 22 inches, $130, showcases the dahlias growing in my yard. I picked up some tubers from a great farm called Summer Dreams Farm in SE Michigan. One of them is also from Detroit Abloom — i planted that one after its as about 4 inches tall. They reach to the sky and are so marvelous come August and September!Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting. It’s also available in note card.
These lilies were sent to me on my birthday in 2018 from my oldest son, who was working in California at the time. He happened to call me the second they were dropped off on my doorstep, so I opened them while chatting with him. It was almost as good as him being here in person, but not quite! I of course had to paint them. They are my favorite colors and I placed them in front of my favorite window in the dining area. “Birthday Lilies” is a square painting, about 22” by 22”, $180, Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting.
I started painting Lovely Lily! in a class I was leading at The Birmingham Community House. We painted from a bouquet of lilies that I brought with me to the class. I finished in at my home studio when the temperatures outside were below 0! The oranges and warm-pinks sure warmed me as I splashed away during that very cold week. Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting. It’s also available in note card.
Hibiscus Dreams, $130, was growing in my pot outside my front door one summer. I asked it daily please stay vibrant so when I get a chance, I can paint you! I finally had the time to sit and study it. It’s a little dreamy, and that’s how i feel EVERY time set my eyes on a hibiscus, whether in a home pot or growing like crazy down along the Gulf Coast. I never tire of them. Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting. It’s also available in note card.
This wedding bouquet, called Pinks-and-Greens, was commissioned by a niece-in-law. I’m crazy for pink-and-green combos, so this was a ton of fun to paint. I also love bouquet stems…all smooth and fresh and vibrant. This bouquet was also extra-fun to paint because of the baby’s breath flowers. See how they pop against a green leaf. The others, I added a bit of ambient color to so that you can see them against the white paper.I kept the background the white of the paper rather than adding a wash because it echoes the freshness of the day, the bride’s beautiful gown and an overall crisp feel. Click here to contact me about painting a wedding bouquet for you!
Sorbet Lilies, 15 x 11 inches, $125, features that orange-pink lily that requires lots of paint mixing to get the tone close to Mother Nature’s magic. This was painted in a Clarkston, MI garden during the garden club’s annual Garden Walk. Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting.
I purchased this cute bouquet at a little shop in Northern Michigan and brought it back to my cottage to paint. I love the mix of warm tones with that cool pop of deep violet. “Enchanted Blooms” is for sale for $65 and is about 7” by 11”.Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting.
I painted Valentine's Tulips, 11.5 x 14 inches, $120, after my husband gave me two dozen pink and red tulips for Valentine's Day. They were sitting at my desk at home as a surprise and they were so bright and pretty on a Michigan February morning, just waiting for me to paint them. This painting is on bright-white French heavy watercolor paper. Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting or a note card.
These were the flowers on the wedding tables at Amanda’s wedding. Her mother brought them back to their bakehouse and hosted a party the following day. She put all the flowers on various tables throughout the yard. I couldn’t resist taking photos of the flowers, of course, and then later painted Amanda’s Flowers and gave it to Amanda and her husband for a wedding gift. I like the mat we chose because it kind of looks water-y, just like the Michigan lake where the party was. Click here to contact me about painting a wedding bouquet for you!
It was a sunny and mild day in November (in Michigan!) and these beauties were calling my name from the back garden at my home. I created a quick bouquet and got to work before they faded. They have tinges of fall, but still seemed to be as fresh as ever. Fall Blooms, is 11 x 15 inches, $100, Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting.
Gasparilla: Birdhouses, 8 by 11 inches, sold, is a little spot that my sister and I stumbled upon while shopping on Gasparilla Island, Fla. We couldn't quit looking at this exterior wall and its colorful display of birdhouses. I also love the fresh whites (railing, door, facade, etc.) There was a really great huge cement fish sculpture in the foreground but my camera didn't catch all of it so I'll just have to go back again and see if he's still there; he might make it in to the next painting! This painting has sold. Click here to contact me about purchasing a notecard of this painting or a print. Or a new commission!
Hummingbird Lunch, 5 x 8 inches, $35, explores the colors of hummingbirds — if you get a chance to even see the color, as they whir around so quickly and always catch me off guard! There are some that frequent a feeder we have at our cottage and every now and then I hear them — pure magic! Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting.
Dad's Flowers, 15 x 22 inches, sold,as painted a few days after the home I grew up in sold. My husband was doing some last-minute work there to be sure it was ready for the new owners. Before leaving it for the last time, he stepped out to the patio, around which grew a variety of flowers, and picked lilies, daisies and a few other plant sprigs and turned it into a bouquet. He brought them home, put them on my art studio table and said, "You might want to paint these, they are from your Dad's yard." I didn't want to right away of course because it was sad, as my Dad had died and that is why the house was being sold. But as the hours went on that day, I had decided I'd better get to it, before the flowers fade. And voila...Dad's Flowers! The painting sold at the annual juried Our Town event in Birmingham in October 2016. It is available in note card format. Click here to contact me about the note cards or to commission a similar painting.
Troy Historic Village Lilies, 15 x 11 inches, sold, was painted while I was a painter en plein air at the annual Troy Garden Tour in Troy, Michigan. This is an outstanding program that each years draws hundreds to see beautiful gardens and shopping at the historic village boutique. These lilies are located just outside the old-fashioned Poppleton School House at the village. I loved mixing up the pinks, oranges and yellows to get this vibrant orange. Some of the blooms were double-blooms with multiple petals in one! Mark your calendar for July 9, 2016 for this year's upcoming tour. I'll be there painting by the old school house, thanks to the kind Garden Tour committee folks.I wonder what I'll paint this year? Two years ago, I set my sights on the fabulous zinnias. This painting sold and is available in note card format. Click here to contact me about the note cards.
Anniversary Roses, sold, 15 x 22 inches, was painted during a few summer mornings in my garden. The rose bush was planted many years ago for our wedding anniversary and has thrived ever since. This painting sold at the Troy Garden Boutique in July 2017. Click here to contact me about purchasing something similar or a new commission.
Northern Michigan Bouquet, 15 x 22 inches, showcases a few wildflowers that grow among the woods in the Great Lakes State. They're simple flowers in a simple vase, conveying beauty in the everyday. This painting sold. Click here to contact me about purchasing or commissioning a similar painting.
Backyard Hydrangeas, 30 x 22, $175, was inspired by the hydrangeas in my back yard that were given to me by my neighbors and by my brother-in-law and sister-in-law after my father passed away. What a great idea, as these plants consistently bring memories of Dad and the kindness of my family and friends. The vase is supposed to be sort of milk glass-y, whitefish, so the blues pop.
I painted this in the garden one summer afternoon. Hostas make me feel cool with their big green leaves that love shade. I love their blooms!
It’s 15 x 22, $145. Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting.
P.S. A neighbor came over to chitchat while I was painting and so I had to put the paintbrush down because of the distraction (albeit a happy one). I started to weed a little bit while we talked. I got poison ivy from that — what an ordeal!