This one didn't start out that way. The method I use to paint starts with an abstract "block in." This piece was to be a poppy painting, yet I liked the abstract block in so much that I continued in that fashion.
Detail:Poppies, Abstracted is 12 inches tall by 9 inches wide. It is available on my website, along with my other oil paintings, studies and demos.
We have 3 kinds of wild verbenas. This one is my favorite.
It's the most showy of the 3 and of course, it's my favorite color! When we have normal rains these bloom all but the 2 coldest months of the year. They really make a pretty show and if volunteers come up in my herb garden I tend them and encourage them.
I've planted quite a bit this year. I'm only needing rosemary now, they didn't have it when I bought most of my plants for the season. If herbs can take our heat they do well here, as most prefer less than stellar soil and prefer our too frequent lack of rain. After I get the plants established they will need little water. This summer will keep my on my toes with watering and tending, but after this year they will be fine with little care.
I want to thank the kind artists who featured me last month. Jordanka featured me on her blog on March 8th. Jordanka paints wonderful trees. Brenda Thour featured me on her blog on March 8th, and also featured me on the Design Style Guide Blog.
You can purchase my small watercolor and oil paintings in my Etsy store where you'll find them priced from $10.00.
You'll find my oil paintings on my main web site as well as my "What's going on in my studio this month" feature. I will be posting a painting in progress soon. You'll see a progression of photos from start to finish of a landscape painting. Stay tuned!
My little helpers really liked the gardening idea and want to help. Till next time!