” The Earth Laughs in Flowers”

completed oil 11x14

“The Earth Laughs in Flowers”, oil, 11×14

Mustard flowers carpet the rural landscape in the valleys of California in spring. I loved how these yellow blooms seemed to grow to the rooftop of this barn in Livermore, CA. I knew I had to paint this scene. I decided to paint in oils instead of my usual pastels.

Yellow Flowers

Start of “The Earth Laughs in Flowers”

Mother Nature seems to scatter the seeds of the mustard flower with ease. But, the process of painting the scene in oils like pastels requires a layering of a variety of color.

mid process oil

Mid process of “The Earth Laughs in Flowers”

Although Emerson who penned the line “The Earth Laughs in Flowers” may not have seen the golden carpets of the California spring, I think he would be pleased.

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Spring Fever

“Spring Fever” was everywhere at The Bouquets to Art exhibit that interprets the art of the De Young Museum of Fine Art in San Francisco. I love the interpretations of floral designs of the various art works. “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming, ” wrote Pablo Neruda. In this year of a drought in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, winter did not show its face. So, the idea of a coming of spring doesn’t have the same meaning that it does it other parts of the country. But, even so, Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” Enjoy these images of Spring Fever at the De Young.

Metcalf's" Winter's Festival" & Alexander

Metcalf’s” Winter’s Festival” & Alexander


From Bouquets to Art 2014

From Bouquets to Art 2014


From Bouquets to Art 2014

From Bouquets to Art 2014


From Bouquets to Art 2014

From Bouquets to Art 2014