Series of Watercolor Flower Paintings

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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!

Each painting was custom-framed with Michigan-grown poplar wood frames that I stained with Bio-Shield 100% non-toxic wood stain:

Custom-Framed Purple Flower Watercolor Painting

 

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Spring Flowers Oil Painting

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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. Cherry Blossoms Painting

Honeymoon Island

This watercolor painting is of a scene at Honeymoon Island, Florida. Honeymoon Island is located in Pinellas County, between Clearwater and Palm Harbor. My grandmother lived in Palm Harbor, so whenever I would visit, this was one of the places I loved to go to. It’s a great little island that you can drive out to. There is a small fee to enter, but the unspoiled nature is beautiful, and you feel “away from it all”. I hope the algae problem in Florida isn’t affecting Pinellas County too much!

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Honeymoon Island

 

Refreshing walks and hikes

Getting some fresh air

Do you ever feel like just getting out of the office or your house for some fresh air? I know you do! We all do. There’s nothing like walking through nature to clear your mind. This weekend I took a walk with my wife, which has started to become an annual thing, through a regional park to see the fall colors and the Potomac river. I could stare out at the bright colored leaves next to the Potomac for a whole day.

Taking “nature walk” to the extreme

Thinking about these nature walks got me to thinking about the biggest nature walk I ever did – a 3 day hike through Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. I’ve heard several times that Corcovado has the most concentrated biodiversity in one spot in the entire western hemisphere. National Geographic even called the Osa Peninsula, where Corcovado is located, the “most biologically intense place on Earth.”

We walked for three days in the muggy heat through the jungle, crossing several rivers along the way. We heard all kinds of birds and howler monkeys off in the distance, saw wild bores and a spotting of the rare danta (tapir in English – like a mini elephant), and several pizotes (not sure of the English translation, but I know I’ve never seen them in the U.S.). The most beautiful part for me was walking along the ocean and seeing dozens upon dozens of wild, bright red scarlet macaws flying along the coast. I think I was so enchanted that I didn’t even get a photo of it! I did get a few of them in the trees. Here are some photos!

(this hike was in 2008 near the end of my Peace Corps service in Costa Rica)

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