4/16/09

EARLY WORK

Here's a painting done plein aire in our old backyard in Kokomo. I grew everything possible - hundreds of varieties of perennials and exotic, unusual dwarf plants. We had no deer to eat our garden like we do here, and the soil was not such a hard packed clay.

These windflowers or anemones danced gracefully in the breeze that May day and begged to be painted. I was a fairly new watercolorist and had to touch up a spot or two with white gouache... should've planned ahead better or used miskit.

"WINDFLOWERS" Transparent Watercolor on 140# Arches about 10 x 7" COLLECTED

13 comments:

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Beautiful. Inspires me to get out the watercolors and Yupo.
Thanks

Suzanne McDermott said...

What a pleasure to remember another pleasure. It's wonderful to see how strong your personality was in this piece. I can recognize the same "you" in this that shines through in recent work.

Lin said...

Sandy -- even your early work shows immense vision and talent! These are absolutely STUNNING! The colors, background, blends, highlights -- glorious!! WOW!

Cathy said...

Early or not, this is simply beautiful! The flowers are graceful and do seem to be dancing!!

Paul Kasmir said...

Been looking around at different watercolor artist sites for inspiration and have stumbled across your blog and really love your work and if this is early work well that goes to show me that art is truly a gift from God.

Wonderful work!!!!

shicat said...

Wow, love this. Dancing flowers what could be better. The painting is so airy.

Mary Paquet said...

Beautifully done, Sandy. Your early work portends your current mastery!

I am grabbing a few minutes before leaving for "the" wedding to catch up on your blog. I love your beautiful Easter eggs and the egg crew. They are special.

I must consider the workshop you posted. I will research when I have more time.

Anita Davies said...

Sandy this is beautiful

Sandy Maudlin said...

THANK you ALL for commenting. The painting was done so long ago, but I still have good memories of creating it. Soon, I'll be posting another one done in the studio but similar to this one. The inspiration that comes from working from real life makes a difference as you'll see.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Can hardly believe you say this is an early piece in your watercolour journey - as it has your style stamped all over it right back then, showing light and movement and soft luscious colours together. Beautiful.

Margaret Ann said...

These flowers certainly capture the freshness of plein air..so joyful and fancy free! :)

ReneeLouise said...

This early watercolor of yours blows me away with the movement and colors. You captured emotion and romance with fresh air with a wild delicate nature that is unique. I LOVE this paintning sooo much!

Sandy said...

It doesn't matter that you didn't use miskit Sandy ...this is a beautiful painting, full of light and spontenaity...and a lovely memory into the bargain!