Art from the Soul (AFTS)
Watercolor Flowers and Other  Botanicals
Potato Flowers
Potato Flowers

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The Story Behind the Art:
I have been growing potatoes for about four years.  We always have a fairly decent crop but I never saw flowers until 2020.  They were so beautiful that I just had to  preserve them in a piece of art.

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Yarrow in Bloom
Yarrow in Bloom

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The Story Behind the Art:
We have several yarrow plants and  I love how they cascade when they are in full bloom.
The Magnolias
The Magnolias

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The Story Behind the Art:
Three long time friends went to celebrate their friendship on a cruise of San Francisco Bay.  They call themselves "The Magnolias."  This is the tribute to their friendship.
Alice Ann's Spring Bouquet
Alice Ann

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The Story Behind the Art:
These flowers simply reminded me of my mother, Alice, and her sister Carol.  Mom certainly would have loved a dress with these flowers on it.
Rosemary Blooms

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The Story Behind the Art:
My planter box is filled with lovely things and though rosemary may seem plain most of the year, when it blooms the flowers are a beautiful blue and up close look like tiny irises.  This loose "watercolor" shows some of their beauty.
Rosemary blooms
Delicate Pink Flowers
Fall Mums

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The Story Behind the Art:
A surprise gift from my husband prompted this piece.  It is now in the garden awaiting next season's blooms.
Fall Chrysanthemums
Mum's the Word

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The Story Behind the Art:
The same gift as the previous piece started this entire new series of watercolor flowers.


Yellow Chrysanthemums
Purple Thistles

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The Story Behind the Art:
In an adventure with an elderly friend I discovered these lovely thistles along side the road in the hills of Reno, Nevada.  We had just past a field of inaccessible thistles so I was delighted to have seen these up close.

purple thistles
Onion Chive Flowers
Onion Chive Flowers

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The Story Behind the Art:
My garden  herbs provide a wonderful variety of flowers in early spring.  I love these delicate purple flowers as they huddle together.

May Night Salvia
May Night Salvia

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The Story Behind the Art:
The garden in the front of our home is pretty stable so imagine my surprise when spring came and so did this beautiful Salvia.
Dusty Miller Flowers and Buds
Dusty Miller Flowers and Buds

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The Story Behind the Art:
Our dear friend, Louise, from the Bay Area grew this in one of her many pots on her front porch.
Hens and Chicks Succulents

Hens and Chicks Succulents

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The Story Behind the Art:
The potted plants on the front porch of our friend, Louise, in the Bay Area, are varied and many and this one particularly caught my attention.
Dandelions

Dandelions on Huffaker Lane

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The Story Behind the Art:
I saw these dandelions in person and the heads were the size of large snowballs. I've never seen anything like them before. They were in a drainage ditch and deserved to be venerated.
i later found out that these are Salsify seed heads.  They are indeed in the dandelion family.
Blue and violet Hydrangeas

Blue and Violet Hydrangeas

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The Story Behind the Art:
Our friend Louise in the San Francisco Bay Area has grown some amazingly beautiful hydrangeas. Here they are for you to see their beauty.
Fading Blackberry Blossoms

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The Story Behind the Art:
Just as blackberries are beginning to form, the final blossoms and petals begin to fade and fall but their colors are still beautiful and the petals delicate. Thanks to our friend Louise for spotting this bush!

Red Yucca
Red Yucca

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The Story Behind the Art:
A beautiful lone red yucca greeted me in full bloom with it glorious flowers in our yard in the high desert.
Roses
Red Roses

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The Story Behind the Art:
A surprise bouquet from my husband deserves to be remembered!
Bird's Foot Trefoil
Bird's Foot Trefoil

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The Story Behind the Art:
Often looked at as an invasive weed, Bird's Foot Trefoil, from the artist's eye (or even a gardener's eye!) has lovely yellow and salmon colored flowers.  They are delicate and can easily form a carpet of color and so also can be used as a groundcover. Thanks to our friend Louise for spotting these, growing wild, on one of her walks and wishing she had them in her yard. 
Orange Trumpet Vine
Orange Trumpet Vine

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The Story Behind the Art:
I had never seen an orange trumpet vine until moving to Nevada.  I saw this lovely vine flowing along a local fence and I found it captivating.
Cattails
Cattails

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The Story Behind the Art:
Cattails in the high desert!  Who would have thought it was possible?  We found a single cattail in our front yard but many more were to be discovered while biking very close to our home, in of all places a large drainage ditch, which to my knowledge, hadn't seen water in quite some time.  It was a beautiful surprise and I had to capture it.

Orange Trumpet Vine Extended
Orange Trumpet Vine Extended

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The Story Behind the Art:
I had never seen an orange trumpet vine until moving to Nevada.  I saw this lovely vine flowing along a local fence and I found it captivating. In this version, the billowing orange and greens flow along an extended version of the fence.
Flowering Clover
Flowering Clover

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The Story Behind the Art:
When I was a little girl, living in Richmond, California, we used to collect clover "flowers" and make bracelets with them and some made necklaces. Clover seemed to be in everyone's grass so it was plentiful and no one minded our picking the "flowers." This is another discovery of Louise on one of her walks. Though clover in the grass was considered a nuisance, these wonderful flowers brought back fond childhood and hometown memories. I remember age 4 as being a magical time.

Gatsby Moon Oakleaf Hydrangea

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The Story Behind the Art:
Our local hospital, St. Mary's, has some lovely grounds and even a garden where people can walk, read or relax.  Just outside of the main entrance of one of their buildings was this beautiful hydrangea, in a shape that I'd never seen before.  It was huge and just outside of the parking garage.  I took several minutes to drink it all in and when I created this piece I visualized it in front of a place of worship.

Climbing Roses

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The Story Behind the Art:
When these roses were planted, I was not a big fan because they seemed to be sprawling.  They are in the "wild" variety but this year when they began to bloom, they were climbing up this boulder in our front yard.  It was beautiful and I had to capture it.  Needless to say that my mind was changed about these roses.  
Climbing Roses
Watercolor Sunflowers Vase

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The Story Behind the Art:
Sometimes the best laid plans for a piece of art change 180 degrees.  Wild sunflowers appeared on our side yard and I wanted to create a watercolor piece celebrating them but as it evolved I saw this in my mind and liked it much better.  Available from small to very large.
Roses and Morning Glories

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The Story Behind the Art:
My sister-in-law grew some lovely roses and blooming amidst them were morning glories.  They were quite lovely and so are preserved here in this piece of art.
Roses and Morning Glories
Golden Rain Tree
Golden Rain Tree

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The Story Behind the Art:
During my bike rides I often discover new botanicals which I haven't seen before. Here is another one.  This is a golden rain tree with its beautiful hanging yellow pods.  I can't wait until the fall to see the reds and oranges on this tree. 
Peter's Dahlias

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The Story Behind the Art:
My friend, Peter, has a garden which is unbelievably rich in color. His dahlias are enormous and the colors warm you to the soul. Thanks to the inspiration from Peter’s garden, you can see some of its beauty here. 
Purple Dahlia
Yellowing Birch
Approaching Fall

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The Story Behind the Art:
The smoke from the many California fires prevented my daily bike ride for a couple of weeks.  In that time, the trees in our neighborhood have begun to change and the shades of yellow to green are lovely. I'm glad that the smoke cleared up enough to go out for a while and capture their beauty.
sagebrush blooming
The Silver State Flower-Sagebrush

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The Story Behind the Art:
The Sage is in full bloom on this second day of fall and being that it is the State of Nevada flower, it seemed appropriate to honor it. I know that it grows like a week but look closely and you will see its delicate flowers. The air is literally sweet with sage.
Marigolds
​Marigolds

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The Story Behind the Art:
Though marigolds begin blooming much earlier than fall, it seems that they come into their glory as the weather begins to turn. They are the harbingers of fall celebrations and especially Dia de los Muertos in many Latin American countries and the U.S.  

​Carrot Flowers

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The Story Behind the Art
Even the simplest of plants create interesting
flowers.  My carrots bloomed into these 
beautiful snowballs. It was well worth it to 
let them go to flower.
Pampas Grass
Pampas Grass

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The Story Behind the Art
It was so blustery on my bike ride that it almost looked like the pampas grass was on fire.
Golden Rain Tree Gone to Seed
Golden Rain Tree Gone to Seed

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The Story Behind the Art

I had read that the seed pods would start to turn color this time of year and not just turn brown and fall off.  A reddish color was already appearing. I was not disappointed and plan on following this tree till winter hoping for even more color. 
Carrot Flowers at Final Harvest
Carrot Flowers at Final Harvest

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The Story Behind the Art

With the pending freeze, I pulled up the carrot plant. The carrot was disappointing (skinny and hard) but the flowers were huge and lovely. Looks like all of its energy went into beauty.