Painted Plate

watercolor plate 003Sweet little plate, love the soft colors. Makes me think of spring…no, summertime. Well, I can dream. It’s 20 degrees with a biting wind here today. Maybe next week it’ll start warming up. Anyway, if you’d like to immerse yourself in exuberant flowers, check out Robert Zakanitch —  I came across some of his work (Hanging Gardens series) in a summer issue of Veranda magazine and was struck with joy. Joy! He does wall sized works of colorful flowers and lush scenes. Lots of pattern and decoration. Stuff like that inspires me. Plus I love his quirky paintings of charm bracelets (of all things!) which make me want to draw some too. And paint huge flowers on the walls! Ok, maybe not that. PS: The Hanging Gardens series is not on his website but you can see them on

Portrait With Fanciful Headpiece

scan0191Portraits with fantastical hats and headpieces still intrigue me. This one was cut from a fanciful chandelier in a decor magazine and I added ivory tulle on the sides and the gold feather flourish. By the way, I was perusing a Veranda magazine yesterday and saw a little watercolor I liked by Harrison Howard. I went to and enjoyed his gallery of paintings. He does these whimsical garden scenes with flowers as ladies–the blooms being on their heads. And a couple of portraits have whole bouquets on top. Light, delicate, colorful pictures, quite enchanting. Time to start cutting out flowers…