Welcome to"Behind The Canvas", my reflections on what inspired a painting or a series of works and my feelings toward living a creative life. People often ask me about my work, hopefully, this blog will answer some of those questions. Enjoy! LP

Spring Wildflower Walks

 

 

 

Loving nature seems to a theme for Steve and me this spring.  Since the first of April, we have been taking weekly walks in Kanawha State Forest, making note of all the wildflowers coming up.  Each week is different.  Recently, I did a painting of Jack in the Pulpits and Lady Slippers.  I think it’s time for another painting, as we expect a new showing of these lovely wildflowers during our walk next week.

 


Beach Dreaming

I’ve just completed a large beach scene with people, beach umbrellas, the ocean, and a big, puffy cloud.  Florida scenes remain among my favorite subjects to paint.  I dream of making a trip there before long, and these seascapes help ease the frustration of months without travel to see them in real life.

 


Birds on Our Front Door

Speaking of loving nature, a mother finch built a nest in the wreath on the ArtHouse front door.   We’ve tried to be careful as we leave.  Each time we open the door, Mama Finch quickly flies off to the side and away until the “danger” of our presence has passed.  This morning Mama Finch and her babies all flew off, leaving me in search of a new wreath!


Warm Memories

Bouchon Bakery"Bouchon Bakery" in Nappa Valley, CA oil on canvas 12"X16"

 

You could say my theme for painting right now is “happy, warm memories” as I put on canvas some of my favorite sights from past travels.

On a trip to Napa Valley several years ago, we happened upon the Bouchon Bakery, just down the street from the French Laundry. 

The cases were filled with goodies – eclairs, rainbow layer cakes, and all kinds of bread.  While I don’t always start with a sketch, I had time to sketch this delicious scene and then decided it needed to be put on canvas.

Steve says he gets hungry looking at this one. His gigantic sweet tooth makes him a sucker for baked goods. 

 


Fresh Florida Strawberries

 

I just completed a painting of a basket of strawberries in their green plastic basket from the Strawberry Lady.  The Strawberry Lady’s winter visits help all of us know that spring is not far away.  What a treat it is to have fresh Florida berries to help us through the last of the cold winter months.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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