My daily painting! I am a Michigan artist that enjoys painting in a variety of media. I grew up in the small farm town of Hartford, Wisconsin and attended classes at the University of Wisconsin. I continued my studies as I raised my children and followed my husband’s career around the world. I am a member of the Hamilton County Artists Association as well as the Stutz Artist Association.
January 13th was my last blog. I
now have 5 paintings for my New Zealand show. I spent way too much time
on the Surf Fishing picture and sure enough I have decided to start over with
that painting. Before I start it again I decided to take a break and
painted poppies. I am so excited it only took me a week to paint these 4
paintings! Yeah!! Next I start on the Surf Fishing painting again
and some blue flowers which are the same color as the sea in New Zealand!
The first day we
arrived in New Zealand we spent time in Auckland's Botanic Gardens.
The colors of New
Zealand are amazing!
New Zealand Poppies
Five New Zealand Poppies
I wanted this
painting to be a little sketchier and I tried to get the koru into this
Keep reading the koru is at the bottom of the post.
Just Playing Poppies
I had fun with
the shadows on the bottom poppy and yes
the koru is in this painting also!
The koru is much more difficult to paint than the poppies! I plan to paint one
koru for every series of paintings I do. The next will be blue.
Growth or Koru, which is Maori for bright. This shape is based on the new
unfurling silver fern frond and symbolizes new life, new growth, strength and
peace. The koru is used in a stylized form as the logo of Air New Zealand
and as an iconic symbol of New Zealand flora. If you look closely will
you may find some of them in the poppy paintings!