A Wild Rose, Rosa nutkana

A Wild Rose, Rosa nutkana

Something catches your eye and you just have to take your chances with it…that’s how it was on a bleak winter day when I was walking across a field of dried grasses. The dense cloud cover made everything look even greyer than it would have otherwise appeared. But I noticed something glowing red in the […]

Bristly-stemmed Checker Mallow

Bristly-stemmed Checker Mallow

The hike along Cascade Head is one of the most spectacular on the Oregon coast. If you can tear your eyes away from the distant views of rugged coastline and crashing waves to look down at your feet, you will see an beautiful array of wildflowers blooming in the windswept meadows in spring. The conditions […]

Botanical Art Show at Lan Su Garden

Botanical Art Show at Lan Su Garden

After many months of preparation, the botanical art show at Lan Su Garden, an urban classical Chinese garden in Portland, Oregon, has opened. About ten months ago, artists from Oregon Botanical Artists, Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists and Oregon Guild of Natural Science Illustrators were invited to submit work for this juried exhibition. The theme of […]

Organizing Pigments

Organizing Pigments

I find the wealth of watercolor pigments available these days exciting…and a little daunting too! There are so many colors and so many manufacturers of quality pigments…how does an overwhelmed artist know which to choose? More than once, I have impulsively purchased a fabulous ‘new color’ only to find that I already had the same […]

Lupine Commission Finished

Lupine Commission Finished

Someone will be surprised this Christmas! (Don’t worry I have permission to share about it online.) This painting started with an inquiry last winter about a commissioned painting featuring Lupine. The client wanted the painting for the following Christmas and gave me artistic license in choosing the variety of Lupine and the composition of the […]