I love flowers. All flowers. And in the springtime, some of my favorites are the colorful tulips. They are such happy looking flowers and always make me smile.
I was feeling a little envious of my son and his girlfriend who traveled to the Keukenhof tulip gardens in the Netherlands this month.
But today, I walked by my favorite garden in New York City, the Jefferson Market Garden in Greenwich Village; it was filled to the brim with blooming tulips and other bulbs. The garden is open to the public on Friday’s from 10am-5pm (donations accepted as it is a volunteer garden) and it is well worth the visit, especially in April. Here are a few snapshots of my favorite flowers there.
Jefferson Market Garden at 70 Greenwich Avenue, New York City
I like to step back from time to time from creating my own paintings and learn something new from the exercise of copying another artist’s style. My paintings these days are very labor intensive with all the paper cutting and piecing I am doing. I’m looking for a method to help me speed things up by using larger, bold marks in my work. I recently came across the colorful paintings of Erin Fitzhugh Gregory and thought I would see what could be learned from painting in her loose, juicy style. Though I usually paint with acrylics, I switched to oil paints for these still lifes . It was fun trying to emulate her bold brushwork using thick, colorful paint. I struggled to capture Erin’s free, lively style where she represents a flower with just a handful of brushstrokes. Still, I did learn to focus on each brush stroke, getting it right the first time and then leaving it alone in its simplicity.
Of course these exercises aren’t for sale seeing as they are copies of another artist’s work. If you like them, you can buy your own Erin Fitzhugh Gregory original or canvas print at www.efgart.com.
A special thank you to Erin Fitzhugh Gregory for permission to post this blog topic.
In my abstract painting class, the assignment was to paint an abstracted view of the inside of my home. I chose the round glass lamps over my dining room as my subject. Every week, I was to push myself further, taking greater risks and abstracting the scene even more. Below is a photograph of my subject and the three progressive paintings I created using this photo as a starting point. I think my work got better and more layered and complex as the weeks went on. This is the value of working on a series, growing and improving the more familiar I became with the scene. I even incorporated the dining room screen into the last version.
Bubble Lamps, acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 16″
Creek Bed #1, acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 12″
Creek Bed #2, acrylic on panel, 12″ x 16″