Red Poppy and Hills 16 x 20 Inch Oil Painting

I love poppies.  I have never had luck growing them, so I paint them instead.

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Poppy View 16 x 20 Inch Oil Painting

I love color.  I’m constantly thinking about color.  I think about how to make it brighter and more vivid.  I think about how to juxtapose it so that it screams or whispers.  I think about the emotion that different colors stir.  The strange thing about color is that it is an illusion.  We construct it in our mind.  That kinda freaks me out.  I wonder what is really there that I can’t see.  I love mystery!  Anyway, here is another colorful painting (in my head anyway) of what I imagine to be a crowd of red poppies in a natural amphitheater.

Busy Bee and Daisies 11 x 14 Inch Oil Painting on Canvas

For the last year, I have been doing monthly, on-line lessons with Nancy Medina.  I am almost at the end.  This is lesson 11, white daisies and a cute little bee.  That bee was hard!  I scraped him off eight or nine times.  Who would have thunk a little bee could take me hours to do?  The daisies just kinda flowed along, no problem, but that bee!  He gave me problems.  The good news is that I finally got it down and had plenty of bee painting practice in the process.  

White Lilies Blue Vase 11 x 14 Inch Still Life Oil On Canvas

The more I stare at this, the more I like it.  Sometimes, it takes me a few days to really appreciate what I’ve painted.  I know the difference between what I had in mind and what my hand decided to do.  This was inspired by a monthly lesson I do with Nancy Medina of white lilies.