Hooray! I did it! I finished this painting!

I’ve spent the last couple of days trying not to ruin it!

You know, by dropping my paintbrush filled with black paint on it, accidentally knocking over my water container, leaving the watercolor painting out in the rain…all things I’ve done before that come to mind when I’m working on a painting I actually like.

I really like it!

It’s got my crazy sense of color, I think the composition is interesting, and the center dahlia is drop dead gorgeous!

I will tell you what this still life makes me think of:

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Julia Robert’s sister?  or George Clooney’s brother?

I bought three dahlias that day and they were all beautiful, but sometimes one just stands out among the rest.  you know, a star.

I can’t imagine being Beyoncé’s sister the nurse or Obama’s brother the tax accountant.

Man that would stink!

It’s part of life though.  I see it in my everyday life with ordinary people I know.  I see it in nature too.

You can’t quite put your finger on what makes a star a “star”, but you know it when you see it.

I think that’s what I want to try to capture in painting.  Those small things in the world that are STARS.  But like all stars, they are fleeting.  They shoot across the sky and then they are gone.

Painting is one of the oldest forms of documentation of that which a human has seen.  My dahlias from the farm stand lasted all of three days, but my painting can last a lifetime.

I think that’s so darn cool!

#275 - DAY OF THE DAHLIA #276- Flora is Funna (1) #277-BEHIND THE SCENE IMG_5254 #280- FLOWER POWER

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  1. Wow… I absolutely adore your work! The colors are magnificent. Your images remind me of growing up, they have that ‘feel good’ :) Wonderful! ~ Global Jewelry

    1. I thoroughly enjoyed your website too! I was in jewelry design for the past 8 years and now I’m making that shift into fine arts…Sounds like we both did the opposite of one another! I look forward to watching you work!

  2. I know exactly what you mean about trying to finish a watercolor without ruining it at the last stages. At that point, you have put in so much, from idea, sketch and paint, then to spill a jar of water…bah!

    Bravo on your finished painting. It is truly beautiful!

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