Icebergs


oil on canvas / 36 x 36 inches / sold


All my paintings have a story behind them. Take Icebergs for example. It was winter and time to prune the roses. I have six iceberg roses planted as a hedge in my back yard. There were so many blooms still on the bushes that I hated to just throw them in the waste bin. Instead I stacked them on the patio table thinking I could make a huge bouquet. But as the pile grew I saw a painting emerge. I just kept piling them up, then photographed the flowers. This became the third painting in my color block series.


Sometimes I tone the canvas before I start painting to give it an overall color and/or depth. In the case of Icebergs, I used pink to give the painting warmth and to accentuate the pinks found in the flowers. After the canvas was toned I drew the image using a Prismacolor pencil that blended with the overall color of the painting. Then I started in the upper right corner (I’m left handed) and worked my way across and down to the lower left corner. After I completed the first detailed layer of the painting I went back and made adjustments and finished the painting.