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:
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.
Recently I’ve started a series of 25 world map watercolor paintings for a translation/interpretation company (UNO Translations) to give to their clients for the New Year. Each painting has a unique design – this one is full of roses!
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!
Blue Flower Watercolor Painting
Yellow Flower, Watercolor Painting
Purple Flower Watercolor Painting
Red 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:
“Evening Gold” is a watercolor painting of warm sunset colors against a cool evening sky, with palm trees, mountains in the background, the ocean, and gold-hued sand. It’s painted in more of an impressionistic style, to give a dreamy effect, as if you can drift off and be there in your mind!
From November 5th – March 31st, check out the traveling “Art and Artifacts of the W&OD” exhibit that celebrates the W&OD trail and railway. The schedule is as follows:
Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA – Nov 4th – Dec 5th
Purcellville Train Station, Purcellville, VA – Dec 5th – Jan 6th
Loudoun County Government Center GALLERY ONE, Leesburg, VA – Jan 6th – Feb 28th
Trailside Middle School, Ashburn, VA – March 1st – March 13th
Meadowlark Park, Vienna, VA – March 13th – March 31st
I’ll have two framed watercolor paintings in the exhibit – one of the train station in Purcellville, and one of the location in Ashburn by the BBQ restaurant. Both framed original paintings are available for purchase for $100 each. Prints are available for purchase here.