Monday, July 31, 2017

Lemon honey bee cake

I made this lemon honey bee cake for a garden dinner party 
that I had this summer. It was Bee-licious.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Color Inspiration: mixed border

Holy smoke—that's a whole lot of scrumptious color and texture happening here. The giant rhubarb leaf alone has that rusty mauve groove happening, and the leaves of the deep purple huchera (coral bells) is divine.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Swiss Alps paintings

Recently I had an interesting commission to paint. A woman who spent her high school exchange in a chalet, nestled in the steep alps of Switzerland, many moons ago, wanted this painting as a gift for the father of her host family who will be 90 this summer. The chalet was so remote that supplies had to delivered to the chalet by helicopter drop. I had little to work with regarding reference photos so I patched together several photos in my mind's eye. I made two paintings with different color palettes and will let my client choose the one that she connects with the most. I truly hope that her 'Swiss Papa' will be happy with his gift.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Flags for the 4th!

Flag Day, Fifth Avenue, July 4th, 1916, by Childe Hassam 

detail from Flags on the Waldorf, by Childe Hassam 

On this—our day of independence—let your flags fly! American impressionist Frederick Childe Hassam loved painting our American flag. He was born in 1859 in the Boston area—in Dorchester, MA., as a matter of fact. After World War I Hassam painted a series of roughly 30 Patriotic "American Flag" canvases. Here are a few of my favorites, and a few other artist's works as well.

 Flags on the Waldorf, by Childe Hassam

The Avenue in the Rain ,by Childe Hassam

Allies Day, May 1917, by Childe Hassam

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Below, something completely different by artist Jasper Johns.

Three Flags (1958) by Jasper Johns

Okay, this last painting is of French flags 
and was painted by Claude Monet, 
but since we were in the red, white and blue spirit...
Rue Montorguiel, Paris 1878 by Claude Monet

Click here to see to read more about this last painting.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

An ombré of lettuces

Home grown lettuce—that's a satisfaction that you just can't get by buying lettuce from the green grocers or from a farmer's market. I have two small symmetrical plots on the ends of my veggie garden that are reserved just for salad greens. In front I am growing a mix of microgreens, then above them there I've planted a few rows of about 6 types of lettuces, and above that I have 4 types of kale. I've also just planted some nasturtium seeds—their baby leaves are nice and peppery. I just wish my tomatoes were ready to pick now too, then we'd really have a party in a salad bowl.