Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Butterfly Lane II

Butterfly Lane
24X30
Oil on Gallery Profile Canvas

Butterfly Lane is one of those works that has been percolating inside me for quite some time. I love old Spanish architecture and there is an abundance of it in the Southwest. I challenged myself on this painting to tone down my usual reds and oranges and stay in the purple and blue families. I couldn't resist popping in the old clay roof tiles and the yellow pansies in front of the building to balance all the cool shadows.

Yesterday evening a client and his wife asked me where I get my inspiration for the flowers I paint. Years ago that was an easy answer - the pots of flowers in my back yard container garden. But over time, I have been fortunate to travel to some of the most amazing gardens in the world - Butchart Gardens on Victoria Island in Canada, Balboa Park in San Diego, Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, California, Coronado Island, and the Dallas Arboretum. In this painting the white agapanthus in the left corner is from the Dallas Arboretum (see the thumbnail on the right side of this blog page), the architecture is from Balboa Park, and the blue flowers in the right hand corner are from Coronado Island.

The show at the Flower Mound Performing Arts Theater finished last night, and my house is now once again filled with paintings. Most of these will be packed up for a trip to the Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg next week. Two of my favorite large paintings were sold at the Performing Arts Theater exhibit, and it is always bittersweet to let something go you love, but to know it has found a loving home makes it all worthwhile.

Have a wonderful week painting!


13 comments:

Laura said...

Love this one, Nancy! It's difficult to tell the real flowers from the painted ones!

nancy elstad said...

Love this. I like the addition of the building..

Becky said...

Wouldn't it be nice to stroll down the little path in the painting and enjoy the flowers?

Sheila said...

Congrats on the sale of your pieces! One day I hope to be able to announce something like that. Again, you are a true visionary of beauty with this awesome painting Nancy.

Jill said...

Lovely painting, Jean!

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

Oh what a beauty this is!
You outdid yourself. All the colors make us feel good inside.
love
tweedles

Susan Abston Wiley said...

The flowers look real enough to reach out and pick a bouquet. Just beautiful, Nancy! Nice job creating a composite scene from all the different sources, too, it looks very natural.

Abby Creek Art said...

Beautiful! Makes me want to walk down Butterfly Lane.:)

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh my gosh nancy!
your new painting is breathtaking!
congratulations on your successful show! you are so inspiring to me!

Ruth Welter said...

Nancy, I love this painting. Blues are a favorite of mine but PURPLE...is my absolute favorite color in the world so any painting with lots of it is a winner to me. :)

I love to use blues and purples in my paintings...they are just the colors I seem to lean toward, probably because I love them so much.

Ruth

Sonia said...

This is absolutely gorgeous and so romantic! I am so impressed with all your stunning work! Congratulations and thank you for sharing your talent with us!

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Love the addition of the building, a charming painting Nancy. Your work continues to inspire me.

Manon Doyle said...

Hi Nancy,
I'm in Canada but I'd thought I'd check in! I love, love this piece! I so adore Spanish architecture. You've painted a wonderful work of art.

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