A South Lamar Botanical Tour

Artist's Statement:

I run through this neighborhood at least four times a week beginning with a warm-up walk down Cinnamon Path toward Waterloo.  As I cross that street both my pace and heart rate increase.  By the time I’ve peaked the hill on Del Curto, just north of Cinnamon, I’m warmed up, and the enjoyment sets in.  It was at this point in mid-March, after the sidewalk had leveled, that I saw a lone Iris blooming in a front yard.  It was the first flower I had seen since winter.  It inspired me and led me to paint The Yellow Iris of Del Curto, which I completed the day before Easter Sunday.

As my runs progressed into the spring, I noticed more and more flowers blooming.  I would stop, take a quick iPhoto, then continue running.  As I ran, my mind would frame each photo into the subtle shading of a watercolor.  I wanted to capture the energy and life that I felt as I encountered each flower.  Each individual blossom excited me differently and led me to think about how springtime, that generous gift from nature, renews our energy and spirit, blessing us with promise.  

In the ten years that I’ve lived in this neighborhood, it has gone through a lot of changes.  Our entire city is transforming in ways that are both pleasing and overwhelming.  Among the growth that we’re experiencing, we’re fortunate to share the allure that lies within our natural landscape.  I look out my kitchen window in the evenings, after many hours in my studio, and watch passers-by walking dogs, pushing strollers, out on an evening run or bicycle ride.  Seeing so many people outside, enjoying our neighborhood, breathing in the air (allergens aside), strolling along our sidewalks—these images make me smile; they suggest a covenant that as our neighborhood grows, as the city of Austin grows, it will grow more and more beautiful, more harmonious…more full of promise.

 

Pretty Pink Flowers  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  14" x 20"  $750

Pretty Pink Flowers

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

14" x 20"

$750

My Friend, the Flower  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  12" x 16"  $500

My Friend, the Flower

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

12" x 16"

$500

The Garden at Sunny Side  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  12" x 16"  $500

The Garden at Sunny Side

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

12" x 16"

$500

Misty Green Flowers  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  12" x 16"  $500

Misty Green Flowers

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

12" x 16"

$500

Serving Their Colony  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  12" x 16"  $500

Serving Their Colony

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

12" x 16"

$500

Sunshine  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  20" x 28"  $1000

Sunshine

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

20" x 28"

$1000

Altruism in Nature  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  12" x 16"  $500

Altruism in Nature

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

12" x 16"

$500

Bluebonnets on Kinney Avenue  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  12" x 16"  $500

Bluebonnets on Kinney Avenue

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

12" x 16"

$500

Del Curto Rose  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  12" x 16"  $500

Del Curto Rose

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

12" x 16"

$500

Yellow Iris of Del Curto Street  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  12" x 16"  $500

Yellow Iris of Del Curto Street

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

12" x 16"

$500

Garden Party (diptych)  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  2 panels (12" x 16" each)  $900

Garden Party (diptych)

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

2 panels (12" x 16" each)

$900

Kinney Avenue Cactus (diptych)  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  2 panels (12" x 16" each)  $900

Kinney Avenue Cactus (diptych)

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

2 panels (12" x 16" each)

$900

The Rosebud of Valley Oak  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  8" x 10"  $275

The Rosebud of Valley Oak

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

8" x 10"

$275

Cinnamon Path's Blossoms  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  8" x 10"  $275

Cinnamon Path's Blossoms

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

8" x 10"

$275

Burning Oak's Flowering Tree  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  8" x 10"  $275

Burning Oak's Flowering Tree

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

8" x 10"

$275

Southview's Iris  salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper  8" x 10"  $275

Southview's Iris

salt scrubbed water color on cold press paper

8" x 10"

$275



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