The Sweetness of Spring

As you can probably tell, I LOVE working with a lot of color! Every time I think I need to reign it in…I do something like this. 


And then I realize…this is just who I am right now…an artist in love with color…and lots of it! I realize I am drawn to the art of the past, like van Gogh, Matisse, the Fauves, and Scottish Colourists…all because I can get lost in their brush strokes of color. It gets me happy, excited, filled with joy, when I see their work.  So maybe that’s why I throw all the color I can on a canvas when I am in front of my easel. It brings me joy.

My newest portrait is called “The Sweetness of Spring”. She reminds me of all the colors of my growing garden right now, from my kalanchoe (which has grown in leaps and bounds since the tiny plant I found at Trader Joes last year), to the alstroemerias we just planted, because they were my wedding bouquet flowers many years ago. There’s a new Blueberry Sundae Baptisia plant we thought was dead…but it was just dormant, and now it has pushed through the dirt and made itself known. I can’t wait to see it’s riot of color. Hollyhocks are growing wild, as well as the Iceland Poppies I was worried would wither…they seem to be thriving, so far. There’s an Alice DuPont vine that is wrapping around my new trellis with bright pink blooms, and every day I watch my tiny Wisteria start to grow. Sunflower seeds were planted last month, and little shoots are coming up all over the place. This is the most time I have ever spent gardening…all because my husband had a vision for our yard, that is finally coming to fruition.

Who knew I would like to put my hands in the dirt and watch things grow? But not nearly as much as I love getting my hands messy with paint!

“The Sweetness of Spring” is an 11 x 14 inch acrylic portrait on stretched canvas. She’s varnished and ready for a new home. The listing is now in my ArtcyLucy Etsy shop.

I learned to paint like this, in blocks of color, when I took an awesome class by Kara Bullock, called Pixelated Portraits. And it’s on sale now until Monday, May 27th.


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