On to 2016..

As it turned out, I finished the Protea before Christmas..  it didn't take much longer to paint in the leaves and tweek the overall balance of darks and lights that I like to do at the end.  

I feel very efficient knowing how long I spend on a painting..  I use a Toggl.com account to track my time and it's been extremely helpful for me to guesstimate future projects and deadlines and I seem to get on with it and not fluff round so much when the timer is on,  it just doesn't seem to rub off into other areas of my life.  I can waste away plenty of possible painting hours doing lots of other "things",  some that need to be done but just don't show much for the time they took out of your day, and other things that, if the truth be told, was just me procrastinating.

 Toggl says the Protea took 59 hours of painting.  It didn't feel that long and I enjoyed it very much..  so much so that I think there might be a few more paintings from me along the same lines this year...but bigger, much bigger!!  

So, here are a couple of photos of the stages the leaves went through.  I am sorry, I keep forgetting to take photos as I go along and so you don't get quite the "step by step" look I was aiming for, but you get the general idea of my process.  

So,  Happy New Year to you all and may your 2016 be creative and productive!


the finished leaves.

the finished painting... off to it's new home tomorrow.

Christmas and Proteas..

Yay, it's Christmas time.. only seven more sleeps to go! We had a plan to be in the US for Xmas this year but what with one thing and another (and a bit of drama, yay drama!) it didn't happen. So, a Hong Kong Christmas it is then.

It feels quiet sitting in our flat on Lamma Island, away from the shopping malls and people, the Christmas decorations and mad shopping. I think I will have to “go in” and get a dose soon.  BUT on the plus side of being here in Hong Kong I have more time to paint and finish off a commission that has been patiently waiting for me to pull it out again after a break. I have been traveling and it was put aside for a while with only days to go till its completion.

This one, a Leucospermum cordifolium from the Proteas family was .. complicated to say the least.  A major problem was looking up at the subject and trying to find the area you were just looking at!   I think this is why rather than painting in one layer all over the flower then going back with the second etc I finished each “spot” before moving onto the next.  Just a way of not constantly having to find where I was all the time.

I am in love with this group of flowers. I think of them as the anti-flower ..in a good way!  I love the fact that they don’t have large delicate petals like most flowers but dramatic spikes (the Style and Stigma) that give it an alien look and are very geometric and strong in design.  I was looking at this family of plants before this commission came along and happily my clients liked my suggested topic!

So, here we are, mostly done with a few more painting days to go ..I wonder which will arrive first, the finished painting or Christmas.

Almost done..  

Filoli's Annual Botanical Exhibition, San Francisco

Filoli is a country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens located in Woodside, California, about 25 miles south of San Francisco.  

Two of my painitngs (the Bok Choy and Starfruit) were included in their annual exhibition held March to June this year.   I promised I would post some images when I had them and some very nice ladies said they would send me some as I was unable to attend it in person.  Thanks to Janene Walkky and Denise Walser-Kolar for letting me be there..  without being there!


Late to the party I know.. but I have arrived!

This is well overdue (so I'm told)..  I am jumping on the blog bandwagon!!   There is a reason of course as to why I took so long to get to this particular "To Do" on my list..  I'm a painter not a writer.  

So with that in mind expect to see less text and images aplenty in my posts.  I think that will be about as much as I can manage in the beginning.  Who knows, in time I may even write a paragraph!!  

Really, it's just going to be for news and photos that don't quite fit on my website, like my travels, stuff I like and want to share and the odd ''painting in progress'' picture. 

How does one sign off one of these things?!  I actually have this problem with emails as well.  Writing to friends who aren't quite close enough for a "Love Denise" ending get  "Lv D", or just a  "D."    I wonder what everyone else does these days?  

xoxo ?


Lamma Island, Hong Kong.

p.s. The photo is my view today from my flat on Lamma Island, Hong Kong.  There is a typhoon in the general area today. My first for this season.  It's not heading our way but is close enough to make it's presence felt.. lots of wind gusts, showers and dark clouds.