From Garden to Studio

One of the Yellow Parrot Tulips in my Garden

I had a lot of possibilities for my painting.

Today, on a cold and windy January afternoon, I thought that you might like to dream of spring, get a few gardening tips, and glimpse into how I decide what to paint.

My garden is my “palette.” Throughout early spring and into summer, I constantly “redecorate” my plantings. I try to extend masses of color by dividing and spreading perennials for maximum color “punch.”

In order to decide what to paint, I look for blossoms that are fresh and newly opened, photographing them from many angles. In early spring, a great variety of tulips are blooming.

 You can see one patch of my garden where I selected the yellow parrot tulip that I finally decided to paint. What attracted my eye to the tulip I chose was the vivid contrast of the red stripes with the yellow petals, the green of the leaves, the shadows, and the shapes of the petals.

You can see from the resulting watercolor “Yellow Tulip,” that Georgia O’Keeffe’s work continues to have a major influence on my painting!

Yellow with Red Stripes Parrot Tulip Flower Original Watercolor

Yellow with Red Stripes Parrot Tulip Flower Original Watercolor

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‘Can’t Resist


Here it is, the beginning of January with snow storms predicted to cover many parts of our country. But not here in my photo gallery! It’s early spring and everything is blooming when I look at the photos of my garden! It was hard to decide where to take my next photo. Lovely lavender azaleas called to me, “Paint me first!” Hard to decide. I kept snapping away, so that I would catch the flowers at their best.

Now, I have plenty to keep me busy this winter while dreaming of spring!

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Do I have a choice?

What choice do I have? I love gardening, have been doing it for over 40 years (am I giving away my age?), and love the flowers’ intense colors and textures! I have absolutely no choice but to try to capture their beauty in my watercolors.

Even in the dead of winter, I look to my garden for inspiration. In this blog you will see the process that I use to create my paintings.

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I am delighted to be able to create this blog site!

I could not have done it without the help of Artists Derek Collins, who directed me to, and Helen Klebesdel, who helped me navigate the intricacies of this technology. I greatly appreciate their efforts.

Be sure to check out their amazing work.


In the posts to come, I plan on sharing some of my watercolors, along with what inspired me to create them. I welcome suggestions and comments.

This will be a new adventure for me.

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