Tuesday, September 7, 2010

the tulip tree painting

this is my come-back painting, the first of this size(22"x30")that i have finished in a couple years. i am very happy with the results. it will be making it's way to it's new home in chicago soon.

Friday, August 13, 2010


the purple passion vine painting

these are pictures i took quite a few years ago and have just come across them again tonight. they are some of my favorite pictures and also one of my favorite plants--these have led to one of my favorite paintings, a small one but still a good one. my passion has been reignited to paint these again, we'll see how a large format come out. see the small one above.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


the lotus flower. a symbol of hope, beauty, the ability to overcome adversity, to come thru a mucky path and end up somewhere lovely. i really don't think there are many things more beautiful and inspiring, literally or figuratively. i came across these today in an unlikely place and i'm so thankful i had my camera with me.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

austin plant discovery

spiderwort--sounds like a plant i would want NOTHING to do with. i have a near-phobic fear of spiders and most things with more than four legs(bumble bees and a few other exceptions). *shiver* however, i love this plant--all the curly, furry blooms are so cool looking. i haven't been brave enough to try to paint this yet but i'm sure it will happen. the first time i saw this was on the first ever austin garden blogger spring fling. since then i have seen it at a couple nurseries around town. supposedly it can be invasive but i am going to plant some anyway, maybe in a container....

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


wow!!! i started working in the floral business about 13 years ago and in all that time i have NEVER seen a peony as big, beautiful or perfect as this one!! i can't wait to start a painting, or two, or more, of it!! it really was almost as big as my head. and it's one of my fav colors that peonies come in, i think the really dark salmon color might be my other favorite. what is your favorite flower?? maybe i have already painted it...

yes, my entire hand would have been hidden behind it...

Monday, June 28, 2010

tulip tree blooms

here are some very preliminary views of a new painting i am working on. it's based off of some pictures i took of some tulip tree blooms--very cool, you will see those next. anyway, there is still a long way to go with this one but so far so good.

i have never actually seen one of these trees close-up and now i know why people go crazy over them! the blooms are amazing! i think they come in different colors, someone i knew in new orleans had a tulip tree but i never got to see it in bloom. these branches came from a local florist here in austin. i am working on a painting of them right now, it's still in the early stages but it has promise....

Sunday, May 2, 2010

bonnie's yellow plant

my good friend and awesome gardener, bonnie, introduced me to her jerusalem sage last week. i can't believe i have never seen this plant before!! i instantly fell in love with the full, bushy shape of the plant, the wonderful yellow color and the amazing shapes of the blooms and pods. it reminds me of a cross between a lion's tail plant and a yellow shrimp plant--both of which i absolutely love. along with painting, my gardening urge is also being revived. it is amazing what divorce can do to you and how long it can take to let yourself love the things again that are most dear to you. all in good time i suppose. you can definitely be looking out for a painting of these beauties in the near future.