This past weekend, as my Father’s Day gift, I took a half-day to myself and headed out to the U.S. Botanic Garden and National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. For parents with little kids, there is nothing like having time to yourself!
The U.S. Botanic Garden is an amazingly beautiful place to visit, if you ever get the chance. Ironically enough, this peaceful place of zen is located right next to the U.S. Capitol building!
Here is one of several flower paintings to come that are inspired by the dazzling flora on display there:
With the spring season in full force, I’ve been enjoying making new paintings of flowers lately. So when my wife asked me to paint something to be raffled for an event with members of the local American Dance Therapy Association chapter, I thought I’d paint a flower that is dancing.
The last of the cherry blossoms are hanging around before turning into spring leaves! One of the joys of living in the Washington DC region is seeing this short burst of pink, rose and white colors every year.
While I painted this one a year ago, this artwork is now available as a fine art print in sizes 8×10, 12×16, 16×20, 18×24 and 24×36. It features three cherry blossoms in peak bloom, with hues of pink, rose, purple and white.
This original cherry blossoms watercolor painting shows three blooming cherry blossom flowers on a tree branch, with hues of rose and pink on the white petals, and a subtle hint of green leaves. It measures 9″ x 12″ and is painted on archival and acid-free watercolor paper.
A few months ago, I did some watercolor floral paintings on 18″ x 24″ watercolor paper for a neighbor of mine. These will be nice for them to look at as we get into the colder seasons and the flowers go away until next spring!
Purple Flower Watercolor Painting
Red Flower Watercolor Painting
Yellow Flower, Watercolor Painting
Blue Flower Watercolor Painting
Each painting was custom-framed with Michigan-grown poplar wood frames that I stained with Bio-Shield 100% non-toxic wood stain:
My two boys and I discovered these flowers on a walk in our neighborhood the other day. My sweet toddler immediately thought to pick one “for mama”. Mama was very happy with her flower! I also took a photo of them and painted them on canvas.