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Raspberry Peony


June 29, 2007

Today I finished two orders in a flurry and now I get to sit down and relax a bit. I am working on a fun painting of a dark pink peony. No botanical lifelike illustrations today… I am instead capturing (hopefully) the spirit of these luscious blooms. I think that is the perfect word for the peony – luscious. It has such a touchable soft quality while being so alive with color and texture.
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Well it has been crazy around the studio as always…Two weeks ago I scheduled a much overdue photo shoot with my fav photographer Shane East. Soon after I moved back to PA from NY I found his work online and was so excited to have someone with his vision and talent working in Northeast PA.

In addition to commercial shoots he also does weddings. He approaches his photography much like an artist would develop a composition on canvas. He is a true artist in every sense of the word.

We spent several hours prepping for this shoot – sketching out shots, making prop lists…We then spent an entire day outside making it all come to life. I was simply a stand-by to rearrange props and help when I could. Shane however made the magic happen…
Be sure to check out shaneeast.com
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Longwood Gardens!


June 25, 2007

I spent a wonderful day at Longwood Gardens near Philadephia yesterday. I went with my husband and parents, but I have to admit I was a bit anti-social for most of the day. I stopped at three different locations within the gardens and just painted for hours. The gardens are gorgeous on a grand scale but I so much enjoyed finding small spaces all my own to delve into the beautiful details.

The fuschias were my favorite. I love their shape and color, of course! Oddly enough, however I was most intrigued by the leaves in this painting.

The smooth hydrangea was a challenge. How to capture the soft mounds of blooms in a soft greenish white was foremost on my mind. I added my own flair and was quite happy with the result.

The Picasso callas were so unique, I just had to give them a try. Their beauty is not overbearing with color, but the soft intermingling of green and purple certainly captured my attention.
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Purple Lacy Guestbook


June 21, 2007

I have been so crazy busy since returning from vacation. I am just now looking through my photos of work created over the last month. This lovely guestbook is one of my favorites from June.

The bride’s colors were plum and chartreuse. I thought the lavender was the perfect brush of color to compliment her main choices. I have to say stamping directly on the guestbook was a bit nervewracking, but I got through it!
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Okay, I am sorry for the cheesy 80′s reference but that is all I could think as I created this seating chart! I love the super soft pale pink and contrast of rich burgundy. My lacy stamp adds such a whisper of pattern that seems so perfect for this look.

I again was lucky to have this bride’s complete trust. She gave me complete creative control on this one and I loved every minute!
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