For decades I have been creating art in circles surrounded by squared edges. When I first made this type of work it was in the mid-1970’s and the circle was most often represented by an apple inside a square. At that time it represented to me the yin and yang, female and male complements to our lives and our characters.
I have returned to this theme but using flowers from my garden as the subjects. It feels so calming to me when I create these rounded flowers. This peony was the first in a series of exploring again the circle in a square imagery so I named it “Centering” because that is how I feel towards these works.
At my recent art show at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, a visitor turned to me and said “Your colors make my mouth water” while she was staring at this painting on the wall. Thanks for the compliment Chris Gordon!
When I began painting this pink anemone I used as inspiration the snapshots I took in my garden last spring since it was the dark days of a New York winter. By the time the painting was nearing completion, the anemones were blooming around my garden. So each day I gathered a few to keep us company in the studio. This painting had a mind of it’s own as to what it wanted to look like. I was just the vehicle for her emergence.
For years I’ve overwintered this Hibiscus in my home where it blooms for me all winter. Joyously it also adorns my porch all summer with it’s complex double blossoms. I think I could paint these flowers for the rest of my life and never duplicate the form and diversity of colors she offers.
These individual rhododendron flowers show the speckled blotches which signify to their pollinators where they’ll find their treats. Rhododendrons are always seen in their rounded trusses but I decided to see each of the blossoms as individuals sharing a space companionably together and letting us see them for their separate beauty and complexity.
Amaryllis bulbs are big and boastful as are their flowers when they emerge. There is nothing shy about these bold and beautiful flowers. They often bloom for us in the dead cold and dark of winter, brightening our senses with their bursts of color.
In this painting I wanted to show these two sister roses as related but different. I did this by painting the rose in front with a warmer tone and the one behind cooler. As we view things from a distance they have tend to have less definition and appear in a cooler hue. I imagine one sister rose is engaged with the warmth of the moment while the other is looking beyond for other ideas and dreams.