Monday, April 14, 2014

Mourning Doves

Mourning Dove~
Zenaida Macroura {Greek meaning 'long-tailed'}
The mourning dove is also known as the turtle dove or the rain dove.  It has soft light grey and sandy feathers with a long pointed tail bordered in white and black spotted wings.  

The mourning doves gather in our gardens daily.  They nest in our redwoods and congregate under the pear trees for shade and seed.  They have a low mournful cooing that is very peaceful.  They are known to be symbols of hope and peace.

My paint palette of greys, beige, silver, black, and white.

My newest paintings...the mourning doves.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Painting Roses...

on the first day of Spring

The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers. ~Basho

And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
 ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In The Studio While It Rains...

"Rain!  whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains."  ~Henry Ward Beecher

I am no architect chiseling grandeur shapes...  rather I am an artist gently moving brush across canvas putting shape to paint while listening to rainfall just outside my studio window. 

It has been raining for weeks, restoring the dry beds of our reservoirs.  I am fond of the rain and find myself inspired to remain awake into the dark hours of the night creating.  

My favorite tools nearby... paintbrushes by Princeton Arts & Brush Co. and an overflowing supply of Winsor & Newton acrylics and watercolor

The English Rose Series is blooming in a variety of shapes and colors
(you can see the petal soft colors in the post below or in the shop)

The Sea Series continues...
I stopped numbering them, because their are just too many.

And a cup of tea is never far from reach.  

My Hubby bought me a new Canon camera...not the kind with the lenses you can remove, because I do not have the courage to try and learn how to use one, but a nice enough one for me to create with.  I have been updating most of my photos in the SHOP because this camera is so much better than my tiny turquoise  power shot canon that has kept me going these past 5 yrs.     The photos are crisp and clear and makes my shop feel a bit more professional.  I always take my photos in natural lighting and never ever use a flash. So be sure to take a peek at my 'ABOUT' page at my Seawashed shop.  New paintings have alos been listed.  Roses, wildflowers, and the sea in blue hues for spring and summer. 
 "When the sea is as bright blue as the sky." 
Sea Tidings,

Thursday, March 6, 2014

yellow roses


Charlotte means full of grace.

She is considered one of the most beautiful of the yellow English Roses with soft yellow flowers and a strong, delicious tea rose fragrance. 

Her faded yellow petals speak of the gentle coming of spring as well as warm summer days...sipping lemonade on the patio.
Sea Tidings,

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wild Daisies

"Over the shoulders and slopes of the dune I saw the white daisies go down to the sea."
~William Bliss Carman

These are tiny original paintings on 4 x 4 canvas panel.  A tiny pop of Spring to place on your mantle or tuck in a bookcase and because they are tiny you can own an original piece of artwork at an affordable price.   More to come...Seawashed Shop

Monday, February 24, 2014

Queen Anne

'Queen Anne' is the 5th in The English Rose Series.  An original painting on 12 x 12 archival canvas.  She is now available in my Seawashed Shop.

A rose of classic Old Rose beauty. The flowers are a pure rose pink and have a good fragrance with hints of pear drop changing to a most attractive Old Rose scent. ~David Austin handbook of roses

The rose wall in Seawashed Studio with St. Cecilia in the forefront.
Sea Tidings,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

St. Cecilia

"Roses are timeless...they add romance to every season." Kerrie Sanderson 

St. Cecilia is an elegant english rose of soft pink-apricot petals turning almost white as the flowers age. A strong, scent of myrrh, lemon and almond blossom. ~David Austin handbook of roses

Pale pink-apricot roses 'ST. CECILIA' is my newest original painting of the English Rose Series.  She is an acrylic painting on canvas in white, pink-apricot and grey. Archival, acid-free, titanium acrylic gesso primed 12 x 16 x 3/4 inch gallery wrapped canvas. The entire canvas is painted in white acrylic, including the sides with leaves and petals flowing over the edges(see side photos). Ready to hang or prop on a shelf or mantle, or can be framed if desired. This painting comes signed on the front and signed and numbered on the back by me~the artist.

St. Cecilia Of The English Rose Series now  in my Seawashed Shop.
Sea Tidings,