I forget how much I love drawing and painting until I'm actually doing it.  And then it's as if the world melts away, all of my troubles, fears, obligations, sadness; I find myself in a smooth, colorful, geometric, creamy, limitless world of adventure,  joy, and peace...no matter the subject. gu-painting-2 Over the past few months, I've had the privilege of doing some decorating consulting and design work for Georgetown University's Foot & Ankle Center.  During my last visit, we decided that the space was really aching for color pops.  I rounded up some of my favorite paints and put together a collection that I thought would go beautifully against the dark blue walls in the space.

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One thing I love about DC and Virginia (my home state) is the warmth and color of the landscape.  There's a reason they say it's for lovers-- you pretty much can't beat the Blue Ridge Mountains...  Oh, and DC's abundant cherry blossoms.  I wanted the paintings to have a cohesiveness while remaining independent.

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I loved the idea of cherry blossoms as the through line.  So the cherry blossom was the impetus (along with the right kind of blues), then I kinda went nuts from there.  The top painting is also the bottom painting, flipped around.  It's the most abstract; it's my favorite.

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This one is huge, 30 x 40 inches.  I painted it horizontally, as seen at the top.  When finished, I played with which angle was my favorite and why.  This vertical version reminds me of a calm creek or stream (also very Virginia) and the sun going down on a summer's day, with fish jumping and fireflies waving and micro eco-systems thriving.  It reminds me of a place I want to be.

I really should do this more often.

***Song of the Moment: A Sunday Smile, by Beirut***

7 thoughts on Cherry Blossoms in Wonderland.

amy:

holy moly! these are AMAZING. absolutely love the colors, the design, all of it. love the blog, too!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Studio M.M.E.:

Your paintings are gorgeous! And what a great new site. I love the sense of color balance that you have. You have a great eye. It’s so nice to meet such a talented artist. Can’t wait to see what else you produce.

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

maba:

The paintings are absolutely breathtaking…! Dyed in the wool Virginians…yes that is true!
Love all of your talent, work, and you!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

cabin + cub:

those are gorgeous.. i love cherry blossom season.. how nice they will have their blossoms all year round! :)

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Betsy:

I haven’t painted or drawn for about 2 years! But I’m starting drawing classes in September. I can’t wait to get started… Love you paintings Hope you are well.

Love, Betsy.

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

jena:

Damn lady, your talent runneth over! What other secret tricks have you got up your sleeve?

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

havilah:

holy wow, you are so multi-talented! your painting style is very lovely, i love the brush work and the colors. beautiful!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

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