What do you collect?

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“Hidden Garden”, pastel 8×10

New Englanders are collectors. We collect books, art, and sea glass. The winters can be long on Cape Cod, and when summer arrives many homeowners are quite diligent about creating beautiful gardens.

This summer I was a plein air artist in one of the gardens on the Orleans Improvement Association Garden Tour. The completed garden painting was displayed and quickly went to a new home of a collector from the Addison Art Gallery who said that the painting made her feel happy.

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“Cottage Garden”, pastel, 11×14

The homeowner of the garden then commissioned a painting of the hillside garden in the back of the home. The flowers to be included were coreopsis, phlox, scabiosa, and distant rhododendrons. This involved meeting about composition, color placement, and the vision of the finished painting.  It is always a different experience to interpret another person’s ideas in a painting. But, it is rewarding to hear the words “I am delighted!”

When the hillside flowers are dormant during winter, the pastel painting will be a reminder of the coming of summer flowers on the hillside garden on Cape Cod.  Addison Art Gallery invites us to the fun of collecting: “Original art can take one to another place, bring back memories of a cherished place or experience, foster peace, and joy.”

And thinking about collecting: What do you collect?

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Both Sides Now

My pastels are collected on both East and West Coasts now. My goal of showing my work on Cape Cod where I now have a summer studio is now a reality. The Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, MA hosted a Painting Orleans Plein Air event during the week of July 14. Artists painted on location from Main Street down to Nauset Beach. I spotted a beautiful garden at 26 Beach Road and Leila graciously welcomed me to paint it.

Leila's Garden and Easel

Leila’s Garden and Easel


It is always a challenge to capture moments in a painting. Plein air painting can be a quiet respite from our busy world, but even the flowers were changing before me. What a privilege to watch the unfurling of the bud of a red poppy during the time I painted. A close up view of nature doing it’s magic before my eyes. But this quiet reflection was soon interrupted by a rain shower. I am glad I brought my umbrella to cover the pastel. The paintings were to be delivered to the gallery by 2 pm, so it was time to put the pastel under glass and framed in the back of my car.
Framed Painting "Leila's Garden"

Framed Painting
“Leila’s Garden”


The Addison Art Gallery hosted a great reception and sale on June 14th where artists and art collectors admired the work painted for the event.
Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA

Addison Art Gallery,
Orleans, MA


My painting was also included in the next show on June 21st which featured paintings done during the Orleans Garden Tour. When I arrived at the reception to show the painting to my daughter who was visitning, I found that it had been SOLD. So, I am collected on both coasts or “Both Sides Now”. And the temporary moments in Leila’s garden are captured in time and enjoyed by an art collector.
"Leila's Garden", pastel, 11x4 “Leila’s Garden”, pastel, 11×14[/captain]

Sunday’s Bouquet

Sunday's Bouquet.

Sunday’s Bouquet

Sunflowers are featured in my latest painting, “Sunday’s Bouquet” which is a garden scene behind Asbury Church in Livermore. In many traditions the sunflower symbolizes faith, life giving force, longevity, happiness, and loyalty. Sunflowers seem to bask in the warm glow of the sun and even grow towards the sun’s path. The color yellow is symbolic of happiness and in the Chinese tradition the flower represents life and good luck. In Christianity it symbolizes unwavering faith. 

The reference photo needed some additional color and I emphasized the sunflowers and used some artistic license to rearrange some of the colors of the flowers to add interest.

Photo of garden

Photo of garden

"Sunday's Bouquet", pastel 11x17

“Sunday’s Bouquet”, pastel 11×17