Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Butterfly Lane II

Butterfly Lane
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!

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