Here I painted each flower from life in watercolor.
I am keeping these two wreaths in my own collection, to create greeting cards.
Two details from my oil painting “Tulip Glow.” The original 8x10 has sold.
I dreamed up some colors that would really GLOW.
Inspiration: I found appealing the way these two stems intertwined. The Angelique tulips bloomed in my own garden in 2008.
“Pas de Deux” is a French ballet term meaning Dance of Two. Original 5x7 Oil Painting, sold by Lewis Art Gallery in Omaha NE in 2012
The oil painting sold in 2007.
Iris are a favorite flower of mine.
My yard has peach, white, yellow, lavender, violet and blue ones.
Flowers of Springtime . . .
I hope we all will find pleasure in the simple beauties of the spring time.
Angelique Tulips: I planted bulbs in 2004, then again in 2007. The blossoms, which are fragrant, remind me of peonies or wild roses. On April 14th the first leaves emerged in my garden. In 2010 spring weather in Nebraska has been a crazy-quilt mix of chilly and warm days.
A Recipe for You . . . SPRING CAKE
For my friend Debi's 2004 birthday cake, I took a fully-opened Angelique tulip, cut the stem off, and misted it with water. I sprinkled it with white crystal sugar and shook off any extra. Then I placed it onto an clear-acetate-plastic circle (to protect the cake), securing it with a piece of rolled tape. Onto the top of the cake it went, where it looked lovely on the strawberry icing. Any kind of tulip would work, as well as a cluster of daffodils.
Here I was fascinated by the strong shadows on the softly tilled soil. After I took a reference photo, I mixed all the paint colors in the garden from life observations and altered the flower colors to be less pink and more coral.
A Springtime Portrait, “A Moment in Time”
Nebraska Portrait Commission in Pastel 2000, size 24 x 25 inches, created from Nancy's own photos and sketches
This painting was featured in the magazine Nebraska Life September 2001 issue, in an article written by Lisa Papenhausen on pages 62-66 about Moran.
In this 2000 pastel commission of brother and sister John and Jessie, Jessie's grandmother sewed her lovely dress. I took reference photos of the children in their own yard, knowing that the patron wished for me to include the hills of southeastern Nebraska near the Missouri River in the background. I suggested peonies for the foreground, finding beautiful peonies to paint in my own town, then added the peony color in a bow on Jessie's dress. I wrote to the patrons when delivering their art: Peonies are fleeting, like childhood . . . beautiful flowers, beautiful children, in the Nebraska landscape that has become home to me, and to your family. Lewis Art Gallery of Omaha framed the portrait.
Designed by Hankie Couture
My repainted vinyl doll Sasha is ready for breezy spring days in this fashion by my friend Marsha.
Please send your questions and requests to Nancy at email@example.com