U.S. Country Wildflowers Art Gallery
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April 16, 2020
We are all hunkered down because of the pandemic. This is a good time to be creative and keep busy so we don’t lose our minds. I’m a bit of an introvert so the “stay at home” business isn’t so bad for me. I find as an artist that I must have my creative space, that is, a studio area to get down and dirty and never have to put everything away like you’d do if you were trying to do artwork on your kitchen counter. So we have an old barn and stable that mostly survived hurricane Michael last year. It is under repair, but that is where my studio will be soon. Shown here is a watercolor of an old tobacco barn in Bowling Green, Kentucky belonging to members of my family. I love old barns and all things country. I’m glad to have one myself.
April 15, 2020
I love painting flowers and where I live in Florida there are a lot of them, hence the state name “Florida“. The magnolia trees are blooming now and they are dreamy. I especially like to paint white flowers using watercolor because on watercolor paper I “save” the white of the paper instead of using white paint. Sometimes I use a special masking fluid or artist tape to keep paint off the area while I’m working on the art. Shown here is “Magnolia”, a painting I did while in Shepherdstown, WV. The tree is at Trinity Episcopal Church, also shown here. There were only a few magnolia trees in that neck of the woods, but here in Florida, in my yard, I am blessed to have quite a few of them.
April 14, 2020
One reason I love Florida is because of the color palette I can use in its landscape and seascape including aqua, lime, pink. No more painting or matting art using those Yankee colors Williamsburg blue, brick red, and hunter green. Just kidding. I painted a lot of watercolors of Shepherdstown, WV using a lot of these colors. Now, having painted “Apalachicola Shrimp Boat”, a lot of these same colors are used. Apalachicola reminds me a lot of Shepherdstown. I hope you enjoy the paintings!