Santa Monica Sunset

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A sunset is not so easy to paint. I have removed and added many layers of color to this small painting. Inspired by this Alex Katz painting I saw at the Beverly Hills Library. My grey island in the distance is Catalina.
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Orchid Ikebana

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Orchids and blooming branches perched in this bed of hydrangeas invite the simplicity of spring. The client requested this be a centerpiece, shortly after our meeting, I cut the branches and extended the sides to accommodate conversation at the dining tables.