1107 Gathering of Like-Minds

1107 GATHERING OF LIKE-MINDS

I love the way Cosmos are such delicate flowers and yet have a mind of their own, bending their stems every which way. The reference...

1106 Afternoon Stroll

1106 AFTERNOON STROLL

I wanted to give another shot at the white and yellow flowers, as I wasn't thrilled with 1105 Morning Walk.

 
 
 
1105 Morning Walk

1105 MORNING WALK

Even the weeds or wildflowers make a walk on city streets more enjoyable.

1104 Forget-Me-Not

1104 FORGET-ME-NOT

Forget-Me-Nots are one of my very favorite flowers. They are small and humble, but their beautiful blues capture my heart. This summer,...

 
 
 
1103 Let's Sit For Awhile

1103 LET'S SIT FOR AWHILE

Here is one last painting of zinnias from my garden, painted from life. I struggled with the chair color, auditioning several different...

1102 PANACEA

1102 PANACEA

Pink and red and orange flowers can cure just about anything, in my opinion. These are zinnias.

 
 
 
1101 Seat Taken

1101 SEAT TAKEN

This was my last chance to paint the marigolds I grew from life. It was really hard to say goodbye to them as they were so brilliant....

1100 Purple Pollinators

1100 PURPLE POLLINATORS

The Asters are back again and they are beautiful. I wish they lasted longer. I've been painting up a storm but haven't been able to...

 
 
 
1099 Aloha

1099 ALOHA

I took the reference photo for this painting at the Chicago Botanical Gardens. There are stairs surrounding the waterfall, and at the...

1098 Dancing Cheek to Cheek

1098 DANCING CHEEK TO CHEEK

I had to get one more nasturtium painting in before the garden is put to bed for the winter. I am collecting seeds from the nasturtiums...

 
 
 
1097 Mum's the Word

1097 MUM'S THE WORD

These teensy little mums have outlived all the others in the mixed Fall bouquet my daughter gave me, and I couldn't toss them before...

1096 Asters

1096 ASTERS

Flowers for the week included these Asters, one of my husband's favorite flowers. We both wish they would last longer than they do....

 
 
 
1072 Beauty and a Beast

1072 BEAUTY AND A BEAST

A few years ago, I had the good fortune to observe a family of Great Horned Owls nest in our neighborhood. It was an amazing experience....

1073 Hello Dahling

1073 HELLO DAHLING

I planted dahlias from seed this year, and although they are lovely, they are not as beautiful or as intricate as those planted from...

 
 
 
1074 Nipped in the Bud

1074 NIPPED IN THE BUD

While perusing the roof this morning looking for a flower to honor in my painting, I came across the eggplant buds that likely won't...

1075 In love With Zinnias

1075 IN LOVE WITH ZINNIAS

While all the vegetable plants on the roof are withering, the zinnias are brilliant and plentiful. The pink ones are called Carmine...

 
 
 
1095 Norma Jean Baker a.k.a. Sugar

1095 NORMA JEAN BAKER A.K.A. SUGAR

Introducing Sugar, a Coton de Tulear, who is living the good life. Her real name is Norma Jean Baker, named by her "mom," a big Marilyn...

1076 Sharing the Spotlight

1076 SHARING THE SPOTLIGHT

The zinnias are really difficult to paint because of all the individual petals. I have to fight the inclination to paint each one,...

 
 
 
1077 Growth Spurt

1077 GROWTH SPURT

This year we modified our front patio gardens and we wanted to start out with plantings that were easy to find and reasonably priced....

1078 Happy Polka Dot Day

1078 HAPPY POLKA DOT DAY

I found this darling little vase on Etsy and it arrived yesterday. I know it will be a part of many future paintings. Dyna and John...

 
 
 



Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

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Brazilian Houses: 10 Designs with Rustic Stone Flooring

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