I’ve been really busy in the gardens these past months, amending soil, planting seeds, making new garden beds, and hoping for a great harvest this summer. All to say that it hasn’t left me with a lot of energy to paint, but I have had some great sales at the gallery, so I thought I’d share a few…
Speaking of peachy… I have a beautiful peach tree in my back yard. Unfortunately, it usually blossoms out, and then we have a freeze and consequently no peaches. But this year we did not have that last freeze, and I am eagerly anticipating a wonderful harvest of peaches!!! Can’t get more peachy than that, can you? 🙂
Last year I planted a lot of Dahlias, then overwintered the tubers. I’m hoping for a good year of Dahlias again this year. This next painting of one of my dahlias is a small one 5″ x 7″ surrounded by a beautiful ornate gold frame that I had stored away in my studio.
And a couple of minis… SOLD
And some cards… SOLD
It has been a good month. Hope you all are having a blessed month as well.
As the weather gets hotter here, I’m planning on spending a good amount of time in my studio working on those back alley paintings and whatever else inspires at the moment. But for now you will find me out gardening…
On my way to our local garden center Terra Cotta to buy some plants for my porch pots. 🙂
Happy gardening everyone, get some sunshine and dirt on those hands… it’s good for your health.
As you know if you have been following me here, I have been working on a series of paintings of the back alley buildings and whatever else I find in the historic town of Guthrie, Oklahoma. When I saw this bike leaning against a railing it sure caught my attention.
Here’s my sketch…
Here’s the painting…
The geometrics is what really inspired me, plus the black railing against the Terracotta color of the wall. Terracotta means “baked earth” and this color is rich in Guthrie in all the bricks used on the historic buildings. You can even see it on one of the old buildings as you peek around the corner on the right side of this wall.
What really intrigued me too was that this bicycle looked as if it was used every day, but the plant growing out of the crack in the pavement actually had wound itself in the spokes of the wheel.
I hope you enjoy inspecting the elements of this painting.
I have been sick for quite a while with this long drawn out virus. My motivation has been extremely impeded, but I hope to be getting better and getting some more work done on this series.
I’m excited about the Trucker’s Freedom Convoy and I hope it will spark a fire that will bring an end to unjust tyranny around the world! Wouldn’t that be incredible!
Praying that God will be with them all… and you all…
Nandinas grow abundantly here in Oklahoma. They probably do as well in many places as they do here, but I’ve never noticed them until I moved here. I have several bushes growing in my shady yard. They never get many berries, probably because they love the sun. Last year about this time, my daughter brought home a bunch of Nandina branches full of gorgeous red berries after doing yardwork for a lady who did not want to keep the berries because they are harmful to the birds. I placed some of them in a vase on my dining room table and could not resist painting them…
My second inspiration on Back Alley Guthrie is not really a back alley, but when we walked past this building being painted I totally fell in love with the look of it all, and there is a little hint of a back alley on the left side. 🙂
Those windows on the left side of the second story… I would love to stand up there and see what that looks like from inside. What do they have a view of from up there? The birds on the roof… The vines growing out over the awnings… leaves turning shades of brown and red, which brings me to the potted autumn decor on the far right under the mailbox of the building next door. So many fun little details.
For a long time I have wanted to do a series of paintings called Back Alley Guthrie. Guthrie was the first capitol of Oklahoma when it became a state in 1907, but not for too long. In 1910 the capitol moved to Oklahoma City and Guthrie was forgotten, but well preserved, so that now it is the largest Historic Preservation District in the nation. Here’s a great article with pictures that I found while researching … Only in Your State
Guthrie has some amazing buildings, but not too many people go around to the back to see what treasures are hiding there. Driving around town one day looking for old historic forgotten back alleys, I came across this abandoned grain elevator down by the railroad tracks. And this became my first inspiration…
Some paintings are such a delight to paint and this was one of them. I love the way this turned out.
Can’t believe this is the last day of the month and the last day of our challenge. And… I can’t believe I am feeling so lazy. We just had an incredibly wonderful thunderstorm and I’m just sitting here enjoying the sound of thunder and rain all around me.
I did finish another painting today that I had to scrape, because the barn was too red. Scraping to make the barn more subtle, more in the background where it should be was my goal, but in scraping I also removed the snowflakes. Today I restored the snowflakes…
Tomorrow, I think I will post a review of what I accomplished and what I didn’t accomplish on this challenge.