7.08.2014

In the Ocean

In the Ocean
36 x 48
oil on gallery wrapped canvas
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Body surfing  was one of the most fun, and exhilarating things I did as a kid. Truthfully there was a lot of learning that happened in those hours spent in the beach waves.  Likening the learning to life principles would only happen when  I got  a lot older.  

7.03.2014

Daffodils

Daffodils
8 x 10
oil on linen panel
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I love it when someone I follow allows me to paint their photo! The folks I follow on Instagram are soo good at color, subject, and once in a  while I am grabbed by an image enough to be inspired to paint a version.  Follow @suezan44
for the most wonderful photos.  

7.01.2014

Shore Bird


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when the sun goes down
the shorebirds are the busiest
little legs a flyin'

6.25.2014

Yellow Sunflowers

Yellow Sunflowers
8 x 10
oil on linen panel
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Yellow Sunflowers
In a white vase says country
Beauty loud and clear

I love the pentameter of a haiku, what can I say...

Yesterday my friend Adele Loomans and I painted sunflowers. I jumped over to TJ Maxx before she arrived because my selection of vases in a certain size were in use around the house.  I found the most wonderful pitcher from Portugal.  Round, pleasing size and shape, and a great price!  10 bucks! Its white color set a great contrast against the yellow shades of the flowers.You can buy this painting at Daily Paintworks!


4.28.2014

white coneflowers

White Coneflowers
8 x 10
pastel
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coneflowers come in july
their happy return
draws the bees and yellow finch

3.12.2014

Singing Coneflowers

Singing Coneflowers
8 x  10
pastel
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Visiting  the  Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center to see the  different types of plantings grouped in the beds is a great resource for inspiration for my garden and for painting. The plant specimens are  hardy and I come away not only wanting to paint the flowers in the beds but I also get an anticipation for spring and what it will bring.



2.07.2014

Va Beach

Va  Beach
6 x 6
acrylic on canvas
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Seagulls beach's butterflies

When I was a little girl I remember my dad teaching me to catch sand fiddlers.  I have fond memories of the beach as a kid with the rafts, waves, the nearby Belo  Supermarket that we would visit on the trudge back home. I get a familiar feeling  when I walk the beach to this day.  Last week I saw this scene- a beach pump was making a pond for the seagulls, they loved it.

8.29.2013

Surf

Surf
oil on gallery wrapped canvas
24 x 24
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I was taking pictures of waves at East Beach in Norfolk today and was drawn to the neighborhood nearby. I absolutely love the beach structures and gardens using fences, birdhouses, Adirondack chairs.  Each house is so individual. Well designed gardens make me feel settled.
Here is the painting inspired by the walk and a couple of  lovely garden inspiration spots I saw today. The  limited palette of plants in color and type such as hydrangeas, mallow, Indian Hawthorne, hostas, crepe myrtles, and knock out roses are some favorites that were repeated over and over in these beachy landscapes.
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Do you post pictures of gardens and flowers?  Find me on Instagram here's the link~ http://instagram.com/claudiasfinn.