landscape art

"Spring's Fiery Embrace"


36" x 60" Acrylic on canvas

Nature's many faces of beauty!

T here's a wonderful garden environment with many lovely trees and flowers in the condominium complex where I live. I often take walks to get some much-needed exercise. One day I noticed a wall of bougainvillea flowers climbing up a fence and reaching over to grasp a neighboring tree in its ever-widening embrace.

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"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come . . ."
            Song of Solomon 2:12

If Flowers Could Talk

Fiery bougainvilleas seems to call to me and say,
   "God has clothed us in magnificent dress,
So from your worries turn away."
   Heaven's reminder to cast all my cares
on Him and confess --
   "Since He clothes the flowers so beautifully,
He will also take care of all my needs abundantly."


Isa 58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.

Isa 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Isa 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.



"A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I've been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light."

Henri Matisse

No One But You

Surrounded by earthly treasures
and loved ones dear,
I would not cling to them,
for one thing's clear.
No one but You can see me through.
No one but You has a clue
about filling the emptiness within . . .
about lifting us above indwelling sin.
For You have the Words of eternal worth --
And the power to grant us heavenly birth.

Painting Tip

As artists we need to think about what we are doing as sculpting with light as Henri Matisse said. We are expressing ourselves by painting lights against darks and warms against cools.


Remember that each landscape should have a center of interest or focal point. One of the ways this is achieved is by placing the lightest light against the darkest dark and the brightest color where you want the center of interest to be.


How to avoid design traps

Mix clean colors

How to choose brushes

Color and visual memory

Design secrets

Sculpt with light

Stage your paintings

Create excitement

Root out Design mistakes

Sizzle with  contrast

Soar with  abstract elements

Damaging errors