The Mediterranean wildflowers that I painted in this red vintage bottle show up in the spring, and add little dashes of color around my neighborhood. Every year I try to get them to grow on my terrace. Sometimes I succeed. This year, I got the little violet flowers, a few poppies, and little white daisies to grow in a pot on my terrace. I got this red vintage bottle at a second-hand store in San Diego. I love to paint it over and over again with the pretty flowers I find in Madrid.
I just finished this painting today; it’s still wet. When the colors dry and settle down. I will varnish it and take another picture. Thank you for reading my little story. Enjoy the colorful flowers around you too.
This is a new painting of bougainvillea and Poppies in a pickle jar. I painted it in the Spring. Colorful spring flowers and glass is something I can’t resist painting. This painting is made with think paint and loose brush strokes.
Bougainvillea and Poppies in a Pickle Jar 2019 Oil on Canvas
I like to paint small watercolors of colorful flowers and transparent glass filled with water.
Bouquet in Crystal Vase 1994
These small still-life paintings date back from the 90’s to the present 2016.
They are all post card size 5.5”x 7.5”or smaller. I started off making this size in the mid-eighties to send as post cards.
Almond Blossoms in Raku Pinch Pot
Almond Blossoms are really nice to paint. In the spring there are a lot of these trees in Madrid. I sent this watercolor to my Mom. When I go to California I see it on the wall.
Sweet Pea Flowers in Purple Vase
I remember visiting someone who had sweet peas growing in their vegetable garden, I couldn’t resist taking some home to paint them. I’m going to have to get some sweet pea seeds.
Red Bottle with Ceramic Dish and Irises 1999
The Red Bottle is one of my favorites. I bought it in the mid-eighties at the Salvation Army in the Gaslamp Quarter when I was living in sunny San Diego. I’m always on the look out for beautiful glass bottles and vases.
Red Bottle, kumquats and Sugar Bowl 1998
This watercolor is wet on wet with my favorite red bottle.
kumquats and Glass Bottle with Pinch Pot 1998
What I like the most about glass are the reflections; especially clear glass with water in it.
Red Bottle with Red Flowers 1998
I paint a lot; not everything turns out. It doesn’t matter. I like to include everything I see around my model.
Bougainvillea in Purple Vase 2011
I go to California often, almost every year. I like to paint the flowers in my Mother’s garden. Bougainvillea is so fun to paint.
Bougainvillea in Crystal Vase 2011
Sometimes I paint the motif twice. Here I changed the vase. I like this vase; I like the fact that you can see the stems and leaves in the water.
Roses in Crystal Vase 2011
Here is the vase again with my Mom’s beautiful roses.
Glass Bottles on Shelf 2012
I like colored glass. They have everything I like, color, shape, transparency and reflection.
Red Roses in Greek Vase 2015
Someone gave me this vase. I think it’s beautiful with the vertical grooves imitating a greek column. This one got sent off in the mail.
Red Roses in Glass Vase 2015
I like to do more than one painting to try a different view.
Poppies in May 2016
When the spring comes around, I go a little crazy. I can’t stop painting. Spring is such a bright season full of color and warmth.
Poppies, Daisies and Roses 2015
You can really see the difference of the light in the spring.
Red Glass Bottle with Orange Poppies 2016
These are California Poppies and wild flowers. I brought the seeds from California and planted them here in Madrid. I recently sent this one to my Dad.
Small Red Bottle with Wild Flowers 2016
I wanted to paint my model with the reflection in the mirror and on the table.
Chartreuse Bottle with California Wild Flowers 2016
This is the latest small watercolor. A friend told me that the color of this bottle is chartreuse.
I’m glad she told me. I had never heard of that color. Thanks to her the title isn’t yellow bottle with wild flowers, but Chartreuse Bottle with California Wild Flowers. 🙂
Not only do I like the way these wild flowers liven up the city landscape of Madrid with bright colors and interesting shapes, I also like the way they announce the coming of long summer warm days of light after a long cold winter.
Wild Flowers in Pickle Jar May 2nd 2015
Here is how I started out
I started with a grid and a light line drawing. Then started in with watercolor working around the paper. My intention is to end with harmony. I try to paint on all areas of the paper before getting into specific detail.
establishing the dark and light areas
This is what is starts to look like when I start to lay in the color. Sometimes I want to put in the color and shape in one shot and in other areas I work lightly so I can go back in again.
Painting in a horizontal position
I point my paper in the direction of what I’m painting to keep all the lines parallel