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Hoefnagel-Inspired Series

This series of paintings was inspired by the illustrations of Joris Hoefnagel. Every subject in these paintings is very personal to me - everything in them is either from my garden, found on a trip, or given to me by someone special.

For more information on Hoefnagel go to the Getty Blog or to the Getty website.

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #1

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Hellebores from our garden, found dead dragonfly in a shop window, seashell from Sanibel Island, rosehip from our garden, chestnut from Badgersett Research Farm

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #2

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Moth is from a class I took (I pinned it myself!), woodpecker feather was found in our birdbath, acorns are from a walk with my parents in Bamberwood, rosehip is from our garden, the dried artichoke leaf is from the grocery store

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From Start to Finish (click arrow to see progression)
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Hoefnagel-Inspired #3

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Blackberries from Pat's lake, violets from our yard, monarch from Connie, damselfly photo from Linda, pod from Tim, seashell from Sanibel Island

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #3

Back side of the painting

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #4 (In Memory of the Cardinals)

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Bluejay feather found in our birdbath, the dead cicada was found at my mom and dad's house, the cardinal egg is from the fuchsia hanging on our front porch - they built a lovely nest in the middle of the fuchsias - it was attacked by crows, the parents never returned, and all that was left was this one egg.

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #5

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Rosa rugosa and the unripe raspberries are from our garden, the seed pod is from Jane, my mom found the moth, trapped it in a jar, and excitedly called me to come see it (I took lots of pictures and we set it free), the hazelnut is from Badgersett Research Farm.

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #6

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Beetle is from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh (thanks for taking the picture Kelly), larkspur is from my garden, pod is from Jane, bluejay feather was floating around in our back yard. This painting has deep meaning for me. I was painting it the week before my dad had open heart surgery. I never knew that many beetles have a little heart shape right between their wings (it looked just like this - I did not exaggerate!) - I took it as a good omen that everything would be OK.

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #8

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Violets are from our garden (my husband thinks they are weeds, they aren't), I can't remember where I found the dead beetle but it was stored in a jar in the freezer as well - it's only about half an inch long, the buckeye came from Linda, and the pod from Tim

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #10

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Bleeding hearts, roses, and blueberry from our garden, bluejay feather found floating in our bird bath, butterfly photographed at Como Park Butterfly Garden

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #12

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Rose, snapdragon, and Japanese beetle (sadly we have so many, all devouring our plants) from our garden, Mayfly photo from Linda, shell is from Sanibel Island and fruit is from Trader Joe's

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #7

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

The rosehips were on a bush outside my hair salon, my dad scooped the leaf skeleton out of his pool filter, I found the fly dead on my windowsill and stored it in the freezer until I needed it, pod is from Jane, acorn was found on a Bamberwood walk with my parents, the tomato was bought at Trader Joe's

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #9

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Crab apple buds from our "Pink Spires" crab apple tree, snapdragon blossom from our garden, Blue Morpho butterfly photographed at Como Park Butterfly Garden, the eggshell was found on our driveway (pretty sure they were murdered by crows)

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #11 (in memory of Grandma)

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Everything in this painting reminds me of my Grandma - she was so proud of her Irish heritage, she loved chicken (the wishbone is from a rotisserie chicken that we ate in her memory), my sisters and I spent hours eating peas in the pod in her garden when we visited, the peonies in our garden belonged to her mother (then to her, then to me), and the wheat was on my Grandpa's casket instead of flowers (he was a wheat farmer)

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #13

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Milkweed seeds from my parent's ditch, persimmon is from Trader Joe's, blackberries are from the Missouri Botanical Garden, leaf was from outside the hotel in Miami, and Arthur the snail belongs to Kandy

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #14

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Janet and Howard found the dragonfly in Grand Marais, the rosebud and raspberry are from our garden, the pear is from Cynthia, and the hummingbird feathers were from a dear artist that I met at a gallery demo

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #15

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Blueberries from the Missouri Botanical Garden, Luna moth is from Steve, the shell is from Sanibel Island, and the blueberry and lilac are from our garden

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #16

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

This piece was commissioned by some very dear collectors of my work - her mom liked lilies of the valley and lilacs, she grew up with peacocks, blackberries, and swallowtail butterflies on her farm, the silk worm is a reminder of their romantic trip to Italy

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #18

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

The raspberries and rosehip are from my garden. The butterfly was photographed at the Chicago Botanical Gardens Butterfly House and the seashell was a gift from Suellen.

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #17

Watercolor, shell gold, and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

Gooseberries and bladder campion from our garden (again, disagreement among us about whether or not it's a weed), the toad has lived in a damp little corner of the pool cover for years - his eyelids are shimmery gold and I used shell gold to paint them.

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #19

Watercolor, gouache, and gold leaf on vellum, 4" x 6"

My friend Jan raised the monarch chrysalis, the clematis grows up my front porch, The oak leaf was found at my parent's house, Alyssa took a picture of the beetle for me, and the crane fly is compiled from many pictures (Hoefnagel made up insects at times, so I am once again inspired by his work).

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #20

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

I found the woolly bear caterpillar wandering the streets and found the beach pea by Lake Superior. Martha gave me the lovely pussy willow when I was staying with her, the ant was on my peonies, and I grew the Meyer lemon myself.

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #22

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

I found the sand dollar at Sanibel, the buckeye is from my son's tree, the violets and the feather are from my daughter's yard, and the blue butterfly is from a photo taken by my friend, Linda.

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #24

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

The ripening blackberry and the ladybug are from my garden, my friend Jan raises monarchs and gave me some amazing photos to work from, and the apple and rosebud came from Trader Joe's (I barely ever get out of there without buying myself some flowers!).

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #21

Watercolor, shell gold, and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

We love this toad so much, I had to paint him/her again. I used shell gold to paint the shimmering eyelids. The inchworm was on my rosebush, the cardinal feather was floating in the birdbath, the Virginia Creeper was in the woods at my daughter's house, and I found the blueberry (actually Cynthia did) in a ditch outside of Grand Marais.

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #23

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

I grew the hazelnut myself and bought the pear at Trader Joe's, the bleeding hearts are from my parent's garden, the dragonfly was sent to me by a nice couple I met at a gallery event, and the cute little bug was climbing in my daughter's rosebush.

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Hoefnagel-Inspired #25

Watercolor and gouache on vellum, 4" x 6"

I grew the hazelnuts myself, the Painted Lady butterfly was visiting our garden (they love Autumn Joy sedum), the wasp was on my daughter's driveway, the blue egg was sitting on our driveway one day when I came home, and the poppy bud about to burst into bloom was at our local garden center.

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From Start to Finish

(click the arrow to follow the progress of Hoefnagel-Inspired #3)

Initial sketch done on tracing paper
Initial sketch done on tracing paper

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Day one
Day one

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My notes will be under the mat
My notes will be under the mat

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Initial sketch done on tracing paper
Initial sketch done on tracing paper

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From Start to Finish

(click the arrow to follow the progress of Hoefnagel-Inspired #16)

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I used some Daniel Smith iridescent paint on the peacock feather
I used some Daniel Smith iridescent paint on the peacock feather

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