Three Sunflowers in a Vase 16 x 20 Inch Oil Painting

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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.

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.

Jemez Iris #2, 12 x 16 Inch Oil Painting

This Iris was painted for Challenge #7, Let’s Paint New Mexico.  The photograph that inspired my iris painting was taken in Jemez, New Mexico.  I am loving the purples.