Saturday, April 4, 2020

Queen Anne's Lace

©Robin Edmundson, 'Queen Anne's Lace', watercolor, 10 x 8 inches.  
[Available framed, $250]

It's flowers all day every day lately.   I've pulled out my favorite catalogs and books and am having a great time playing in the paint.   I was especially happy with these Queen Anne's Lace. 

Here's another one:

Did you know that when the weather is just right, a field full of these smells sooooo good in the afternoon.  It's one of my favorite things about a deep summer walk.  Breathing in that sweet air.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Another little posy of violets

©Robin Edmundson, 'Violets 715', watercolor, 5 x 6 inches.  
[Available framed, $125]
Have another little posy of violets to brighten your day!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

'Such a starved bank of moss...'

©Robin Edmundson, 'Violets 714', watercolor, 5 x 7 inches. 
[Available framed, $125]

When I was about 12 years old I came across the Robert Browning poem: 'Such a starved bank of moss till that May morn.  Blue ran the flash across - violets were born!'.

Violets have always been a big favorite of mine and every year when the first violet blooms, I recite that poem to myself.  They usually start blooming in late March or April, but I feel the same delight that Browning did when he wrote that poem. 

Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

A big vase of purple and blue flowers - just for you.

© Robin Edmundson, 'Purple Floral', watercolor, 10 x 8 inches.

I've been in the mood for flowers and I've been painting all kinds of them lately.  Big ones, little ones, good ones, bad ones, loose ones, detailed ones.  All the colors. 

The next several posts will be a virtual garden of floral paintings for you.   I hope they make it easier for you to take a deep breath and just be.

Sending big hugs!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tulip Poplars and Sumac

© Robin Edmundson, 'Tulip Poplars and Sumac', watercolor, 18 x 24 inches.
Framed to 24 x 32 inches.  $750.

Some pieces take longer than others.  I did the first draft of this one waaay back in the fall and loved some things about and really didn't love others.   Mostly I loved the way it *felt*.

I showed it to a few other painters and got some feedback, which I didn't agree with, so I set it aside to think about. Eventually, I came back to it and tried a couple of things which didn't really work, so I took the advice I was given and discovered why I didn't agree with it.   In doing that, I learned a few extra things, so the experimentation was well worth the risk and result of a dud painting.

I painted another draft, tried more things, learn more things and was still not happy with the result.  So I painted another one.  And another.   And another.  And another.  And then this one.

I don't love this one as much as I find it interesting every time I see it. The version before was a bigger hit with the family, but this is the one that best says what I want it to say. 

The two versions sat side by side for a few weeks while I decided which I wanted to frame for my upcoming show.  Do I choose the one that is more popular with the viewers [and thereby has a better chance to sell?]  Or do I choose the one that most delights the artist? 

I chose this one.   I am delighted.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

In Full Bloom

© Robin Edmundson, 'Bluebell Wood, Full Bloom', watercolor and ink, 14 x 10 inches.
Framed to 20 x 16 inches.  $375.

I know it's too early for bluebells, but that delicious color just calls to me.   I've been thinking about my trees in different seasons, trying to figure new ways to combine favorite subjects in a new way.

Still some work to do, but I'm having fun doing it.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Trees and Bluebells

© Robin Edmundson, 'Bluebell Wood, Just Beginning to Bloom', watercolor and ink, 13 x 10 inches.
Framed to 20 x 16 inches.  $375.

It is almost bluebell season.   As soon as the weather warms, the tops of the leaves start to pop up along our creek and in the woods along the bottoms where it floods.

I love the contrast of the rough gray bark, that fresh moss and the blue, blue, blue of the flowers.
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