Thursday, May 16, 2013

Venezuela beach #137

Another in the series for our new (yet to be born) granddaughter.   I wish I had been there, but Jim and Amy have.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lone cypress #136

We spent a year on the Monterey peninsula with our family back in 1988, while my husband was attending the Naval Postgraduate School there.  We have such great memories of that year with our kids. Tracey was in 4th grade, Ted in 6th, and Jim was a sophmore at Monterey High.  We all met friends there that we still have in 2013 !
     This is another in the series for the new grandbabies wall. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Painted Ladies #135

San Francisco favorites, they line the edge of Alamo Square a couple of blocks from where our daughter used to live.  For any of you old enough to remember, they were shown at the start of the old  TV series, "Full House", which our daughter used to watch.  

Monday, May 13, 2013

Eiffel Tower #135

 Here are the particulars on this one.

Eiffel Tower for Vivian #134

   Eiffel Tower painting is for the series I'm doing for my new granddaughter, who will be born in the next few weeks..... Her mom and dad are travelers and intend for little Vivian to have her passport at a young age so she can join in........   So fun !

Saturday, May 11, 2013

My prize #133

 In the last post I showed my process on this painting.   Dailypaintworks was not able to find the info. for the daily posting, so I'm going to set it up again.   thanks

Friday, May 10, 2013

My prize #133

Worked bigger still today.... this time 12 x 12.  The actual bloom measures 8" across.   This time I've worked the background a little differently... I like it better.  It's true to what I was seeing, too.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Spring delight #132

I have two varieties of tree peony.   This one is amazing, too, and super large, but it seems I planted it in too much shade and this year I only got one bloom.   I DID rescue the one flower before the downpour, though, which would have totally ruined it.... Bigger size this time, 8 x 8.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Symphony in Pink #131

     One more view of my fleeting tree peony bloom.... love them

Monday, May 6, 2013

Up Close #130

  I had to rescue my blooms from the constant 4 day rain, before they got ruined.  These wonderful tree peony flowers are my first indication that spring is really here.  Once I measured the flower and it was 7" across... amazing.... and the color is brilliant.  Don't know if I totally captured the color but I tried.... with Winsor Newton's permanent rose.  Still trying for a believable rose color with the light on it.... sometimes the pink seems so unreal and not at all natural.  I remember reading to lighten a color go to the nearest one of the color wheel, rather than always adding white.    still working on it.
     If you have any hints on that, please add a comment to help me... thanks

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Peonies in vase #129

     Certainly been a long while away from my easel, we have many jobs we are doing around our 100+ year old house, including putting in a new kitchen, and doing a lot of the work ourselves....  
     One of the first signs that spring is really here is my gorgeous tree peony blooms... Once I measured it and the bloom was 7" across !  Well, I rescued several from the rain, (it's rained for days here) and had to get to painting it....   This color is always a challenge, but I used the permanent rose I got awhile back, while seeing it in use on Brenda Ferguson's blog.   Thanks, Brenda, sometimes it is just the ONLY color that will do !!