Honing my skills…

I realize that each painting I’ve done has a different feel to them. It also seems that while I try to pick a scene that’s simple so my work will be less, in reality EVERYTHING has detail. Never thought I’d spent HOURS on clouds. The challenge of painting continues to be fun, so I’ll keep on keeping on. Here’s painting number three, the last one from my classes. Actually, I only began it during my last class so have replied on my husband’s critiquing to help me make decisions during the way.

As always, I’m more than ready to hear your opinions.

The scene is looking South to Anglin’s Pier in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida. I included Pelicans, a favorite for me. Can you find the “heart”? Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Dedicated to learning…

I thought my Japanese Anemone painting was done. But, thanks to a wonderful teacher I spent 3 more hours on it and I have to admit it IS better than before. Learning is exhausting and yet always fun too. Now for a nap.

Japanese Anemone acrylic painting. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Last week’s 6 hour work of Japanese Anemone. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Spending hours studying a miracle…

Japanese Anemone. I make NO claim on being a master artist who is able to capture the full wonders of this flower. Copyright 2018 Pamela

Enclosed courtyard at the Bonnet House, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In the far right you can see the area set aside for art classes. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

For some this seems very hoaky I’m sure. But yesterday I spent six and a half hours at the Bonnet House’s lovely enclosed courtyard working on my second painting. I chose, as my subject, a photograph I took a few years back of one of my garden Japanese Anemones. I can easily say I was exhausted when I got home; my brain was worn out.

I literally spent the day thinking, studying this tiny flower. Every petal, every shadow, every curve and curl was studied and mentally dissected for detail. The leaves in the background were studied just as intently for color and light/shadow. My teacher showed me how to make the other buds and blooms fade out of focus. Hours were spent on each petals. The flower showed pollen spilling onto the pedals; it would soon be time for it to enter it’s next stage of life as a seedhead.

As I spent this time I appreciated the beauty, the gracefulness of this creation. It is one of the last of season’s blooms in Chicago along with the Asters. The Japanese Anemone is an agressive plant requiring me to tame it’s appearance in my garden to places of my design. Over the years I removed many “volunteers” that tried entering other areas of the garden. But the quiet beauty, the graceful elegance of the flowers always overcame any bad aspects of the plants.

I no longer have a private garden; we downsized to a lovely condominium. Fortunately Chicago’s Lincoln Park includes Japanese Anemone in it’s mix of perennials.

While I sit here in Florida gazing at this Japanese Anemone I still a drawn to it’s subtle, simple, design. Evidence of one more miracle. The painting has elements of being done by a beginner. For me the joy was the process of creation, trying to capture it’s natural beauty and specialness.

A blessed Passover and Easter to all.

Continuation of never-ending…

Turned out my art teacher/mentor thought it wasn’t the end of the painting for me on my first piece. Here’s the actual final piece. Though my dear husband suggests I add “something” inside the archway. I declare it’s done but every time I walk past it I look into that archway wondering if I’m indeed finished.

In reality there was a blue door inside on the left side with a white wall taking up the rest of the view inside the archway.

Painting with paint instead of light…

Have only painted a few times. This is first piece in over ten years. Opinions welcome. I have four more sessions at the Bonnet House courtyard, the perfect setting as seen in this piece.

Overlooked splendor…


Barberry flowers in bloom copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Barberry flowers in bloom copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Pale yellow with a slight blush, the flowers cluster together in small alliances hiding under the similarly burgundy tinted thick oval leaves. Easy to miss. Dangerous to touch, thorns are prolific. Barberry Shrub (Berberis vulgaris)’s blooms precede the namesake bright red berries.


Photography is actually painting with light. Nature uses light and shadow for camouflage and allure, both qualities leading to survival of species. Barberry flowers appear to be sunlight reflections to the casual viewer that focuses on the darker shrubbery leaves. This macro image reveals “light” as flowers in full bloom.


For more images and information, see older posting: Berries and barbs in winter… 12/13/11