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Back from Vacation ~ Fire Poppy Painting

Fire Poppy


I just returned from a 4 day long road trip to the Florida panhandle, specifically Panama City Beach.  It was my first time traveling down there and the white sand beaches were definitely beautiful and inspiring.  Parts of it were a little rough around the edges for this Connecticut Yankee, but all in all it was a good trip (minus the 15 pit-stops each way between there and Atlanta….ah, the joys of traveling with small children!).

In any case, I had finished several paintings before we embarked on that journey, but didn’t have the time to share with all of you!  So, here is the first and one that I’m very fond of.  I set it up with a wash of various layers and hues (blues, greys, etc) and then played around a little with rubbing alcohol delivered via squirt bottle which I enjoyed.  I set up the poppy and was going to leave it solo, but decided that I needed another flower (this one a lily) in the foreground.

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The Stand Off Acrylic on Canvas

I have always been strongly influenced by the concept of fluidity in my art and in my life.  Drawing from my studies in Eastern philosophy, I believe that there is a constant flow of life energy.  Tapping into this level of consciousness is such an integral part of the creative process for me.  It’s as if all of my creative ideas – be they fodder for my fiction books, images for my paintings, or concepts for my jewelry – exist in this realm of consciousness, just waiting there for me to tune in and pluck them out of the cosmos and give them life.


The Other Side of Heaven

Acrylic on canvas

24″ x 30″

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Red Tide Born

Acrylic on Canvas

16″ x 20″

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