flower arrangement

Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 unframed.  The subject is an arrangement of silk flowers I did for a friend's retirement buffet.  I painted the arrangement in watercolor several years ago as my first student project.  That painting, which was a serious labor of love, shows a lot of student mistakes.  I've been itching to do it again.  Hopefully this one has only new and different mistakes.

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Helen Sullivan

About Helen Sullivan

I'm a retired federal employee.  Although I've always doodled (especially during boring meetings) I didn't take classes until about 8 years ago, when one of my friends talked two of us into taking a watercolor class at the local community college.  I had such a good time that I took another, and another, and another.  The teacher invited me to intern with him, which I did for almost 5 years.  My internship ended in July 2009, when my husband and I started to work in earnest on our retirement and move to North Carolina.  Now, we make Western North Carolina our home.

I am inspired by the beauty of the forest around our western North Carolina house.  It is the subject of several of my paintings.  Although I best enjoy working in acrylics, I also paint in watercolor and in waterbased oils.  I have done a few clay sculptures and some wood carving.  I love it all.  I definitely still consider myself an art student, because I have so much more to learn.

My avatar is a paper collage self portrait.