Side note: I painted this entire painting upside down. Don't ask me how that happened, I don't even know, but it did. I just know that I signed it and something felt wrong....could be that the pollen defied gravity.
acrylic - 8x6 in
acrylic - 6x6 in
In Owl Patrol news, this afternoon I heard loud squawking coming from the tree where the owls were last seen. Out my kitchen window, I sawe lots of wing-flapping during this raid. It made me so sad to see two nasty crows diving on the owls so I went outside and CAW CAWed at them a few times, hoping to shoo them away. One left and the other followed a few seconds later. I was relieved.
Hoo-ooo-ca- CHOO. Estimates are that babies were born last week and Mama is glued to the nest, so every day is a new adventure. I am dreaming of Spring and Summer as are most folks here---"sick of winter." On close inspection, I saw hostas starting to poke through ground that is not covered in snow.
Two interesting things happened yesterday. Okay, not all that interesting. My paints and gear are all packed away for a plein air painting trip and fortunately I found this half finished painting. I began painting it at my dearest friend's kitchen table during a recent visit to the Boston area. She is always so thoughtful, welcoming me with flowers and a loving heart (and lots of tolerance). So #1 good fortune is that I have something to finish and post today.
Since I didn't have sunflowers and statice readily available as references, I Googled "sunflowers and statice." As I scrolled through many beautiful photographs of these flowers, I ran across one of my paintings, 154 Mixed Bouquet, http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/diane-campion/154-mixed-bouquet/166187. It was such a surprise that I didn't know what to think, but I was happy that there was a link to my painting readily available and credit given.
Not sure what all that means, other than "small gifts" that make a person happy.
I am up for the challenge, but decided I better paint a few landscapes before the big day. Here is my first.
I am very fond of gladiolas because a favorite aunt grew them each year in one of her beautiful gardens. She included them in expertly crafted flower arrangements throughout the house. It always felt special to visit there---something I did for10 summers. I know I did not do these flowers justice, partly because I spent too much time researching and categorizing my feather collection, which continues to grow, and not enough time painting. I painted these from real life, and found them difficult to manage.