for some reason this past spring, peonies and roses blooming really got to me. they made me miss my garden back in Madison WI where i had had beautiful peonies. i used to love cutting them and bringing them inside our home. their scent always brought me a measure of happiness. so now, in Boston, living in a tiny apartment, i no longer have a garden and cannot cut any flowers to bring into our home. instead, i began painting the peonies and roses blooming all around me in my neighbours' yards. what else was i to do, right?
these paintings were born out of my desire to grow a garden in my own studio. i wanted to surround myself with these beauties i'd encounter in my walks around the neighbourhood.
i hope these bring you as much joy as they have brought me. i have really enjoyed painting these flowers, even though flowers do not make frequent appearances in my work. they are available on my Etsy shop.
and lastly, but not least, here is a time-lapse of me painting some peonies. enjoy!