As a botanical illustrator, there is no better time to be outdoors capturing the many flowering plants in bloom during springtime. The weather can be pretty unpredictable making it difficult to work on site which is why taking so many reference photographs or by working quickly on a pencil sketch helps me to have reference material. Each day a new color appears on the many lawns and gardens of neighborhood properties as I head outdoors to take my afternoon walk. The crocuses, forsythia and daffodils were the first to appear from the long winter landscape, bobbing their bright yellow arms and heads against the chilly breeze. In the past few weeks that followed, soft pastel colors began to emerge on trees and shrubs in striking contrast to the bright blue sky. I put a selection of these photographs below.
While the country has shut down due to covid-19, it has given the air a chance to become clear again after being blanketed in haze from pollution for so long. This spring, these waving arms of blooming trees has now had the opportunity to display an array of stunning color against the backdrop of a brilliant bright blue sky.
I love to watch how an upright bouquet of flowers begins to wilt and bend, dropping it's petals or curling in shape, all in creating new compositional challenges to enhance a sketch.
My first adventure down on a riverbank early in the spring of 2019.
While walking along the beach, I like to keep an eye out for interesting objects to sketch for possible reference in larger paintings in the studio. On this day, I picked up two feathers on the sand that were from sea birds and a couple of shells to sketch in pencil and color pencil.
These mini 4" x 4" acrylics on canvas were painted after taking a lovely walk over the new Hudson River skywalk in Catskill, NY. When I'd completed my first mini canvas, I couldn't help but to play around with other color combinations depicting different seasons and times of day. For the past three years my work has been on display at the Skywalk Arts Festival held at the entrance to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Catskill, NY.
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It is the season for putting down the paintbrush and picking up the palette knife and pastry bag in order to decorate holiday treats for gift giving. This year we decided to bake chocolate and yellow cupcakes rather then sugar cookies which wasn't quite as much work but still just as much fun!
The Catalpa Tree is just stunning when the flowers are in bloom and have painted them into a 5’ x 6’ oil on canvas.
I perched my easel on a wooded ridge trail overlooking the river through the trees below. This made for a lovely spot to do an acrylic on canvas. Working for almost an hour, I decided to take a break and sit down on a fallen tree trunk, taking a minute first to look around for any creepy crawling bugs.🕷🕸 But to my surprise, a nest of angry ants came out from the tree only to bite my legs, sending me to jump forward then stumbling into my easel and trays full of wet paint. 🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜