Friday, July 29, 2011

"Stockton Waterfall"

"How pleasant the sound of moving water
On a day you just can’t imagine hotter
Than this one.

Yes, it’s steamy and bright in this outdoor room
Where the crepe myrtles thrive and please with their blooms
Of lavender shades.

The scene holds me long enough to get a photo made.
Then quickly I search for a respite in the shade
Of nearby trees.

Back at home, anxious to begin painting
The cool of my studio keeps me from fainting
From this oppressive heat.

So here’s the fourth of my paintings small.
This winter when walking this way I’ll recall
The beauty of this day!"

Acrylic on Canvas Panel
5" X 7"

Friday, July 22, 2011

"Clock in St. Francis Garden"

The third small painting in my series of scenes from my community. I really like the green painted clock in this lovely little garden. There's also a small reflecting pond with the gentle sound of a slight water trickle.
Acrylic on Canvas Panel
5" X 7"

Saturday, July 16, 2011

"Hastings Park Gazebo"

“Why don’t ya’ll come sit with me
In the gazebo near the big oak tree?
It’s hot and humid with summer season’s peak.
Bet we could sit here till the middle of next week!”

The second small painting in my series of neighborhood scenes.
Under a huge Oak tree in the edge of a beautiful verdant field is this little white gazebo. So "southern" and charming, it's a great place to sit and comtemplate the verities.
Acrylic on Canvas Panel
7" X 5"

Monday, July 11, 2011

"Froelich Garden"

“Moving from stone to stone exploring the path’s design
I imagine trails yet to explore and worlds of another kind.
Abandon is mine as I skip and advance beyond this present time,
Knowing the life that's set me free deep within my mind.”

Every day I am enamored by the beauty that I find so close to home as I walk through my community. I'm starting a series of paintings recording subjects that are charming to me for one reason or another. All of these paintings will be small (5" X 7") and I'll challenge myself by including in this small space the detail that I feel is important to convey what I find beautiful about each scene.
Here's the first one:

I've painted this intimate little courtyard garden as the sun has risen over the rooftops, almost mid-day, bathing it in clear bright light. My grandsons enjoy stepping from stone to stone as they wind their way through the serpentine path.
Acrylic on Canvas Panel
7" X 5"