Acrylic on Canvas, 2019 (18” x 24”)
A bright blue, pollution-free sky, gives way to breathing clearly. The pops of pink peonies are an indulgent, blazing, magenta. The Manzanita branch is painted bright gold; it's shape conducting the composition, referencing Japanese Woodblock prints and Van Gogh. Their luxurious shimmer reflects light. This painting wields negative space and features asymmetrical balance; the eye is drawn upward and arcs to the right, ending in a flourish of happy, pink, puffy flowers. The flat blue-gray greens of the silver dollar eucalyptus are a reprieve for the eye, and are a steady beat, balancing the peonies’ own crescendo of joy.