A big geranium that gets overwintered each year. I keep them for many years and they flower all winter in my kitchen window, then, come spring, I put the plants on the porch, and they flower all summer. A very generous and forgiving plant that too often gets composted each fall. I was pleased with how this turned out, although I am striving to say the same thing but with fewer marks.
A few years back I did the Wainwright Coast to Coast Walk across England, from St. Bees to Robin Hood Bay, and this painting was done from a photo taken during that walk. It was far too gruelling a pace for me to paint anywhere on the 16 day walk, but I came home with hundreds of photos. Every day I was sure that THIS was the prettiest, or most spectacular, view…and every day I was correct, until the next day.
I couldn't begin to capture all the layers of colour I saw in this landscape outside of Sedona last fall, so I simplified. Really! My favourite spot was the grey tree in the foreground, it was the only one of its kind in the entire view.
I did this from a photo I took in Van Dusen Gardens, the main botanical garden in Vancouver. As you move around the garden you experience a variety of growing environments, from alpine troughs to wetlands…this is my view of one of the wetlands, just on the verge of spring. As it is warmer now it will be time for some plein air work, perhaps at this same site.
I've had this small toned canvas in my studio for at least a year. This is another case of spotting the support, then the image, and just making a 'do-this-right-now' decision to make a painting. I liked the roundness of the main sunflower. This is from a photo taken at a fruit farm around Vernon, BC, where we just visited my sisters this past weekend. It is very beautiful there, especially right now while everything is still green. In a few weeks it will be getting almost too hot for me to visit, being a west coast gal who quite likes cool over hot.