Red Geraniums


DSC02147My friend Judy, loves her miniature red geranium
painting, which I painted for her years ago.


DSC02147She always says, why don’t you paint some original miniatures for your
little shop?


DSC02147Here is one framed in a gold gaudy frame. I painted this
composition years ago when I lived in Princeton, New Jersey.
I love it matted with a double mat, with a tweak of red.


DSC02147My wonderful art teacher Mary Green La Forge taught us
how to create this miniature composition.


DSC02147I can still hear her voice in my head, as I paint. Watch the shape, break that


DSC02147When I got up to the red geranium request on my list of
giveaway paintings, I went a bit geranium crazy.


DSC02147My geraniums have been a bit water-logged these days. But
I thought why not just paint this composition.


DSC02147So there I was painting red geraniums...
thinking happy thoughts,


DSC02147When all of a sudden,
The sky grew dark
I could hear thunder rumbling in the distance.


“The wind began to switch
The house, to pitch
And suddenly the hinges started to unhitch
Just then the Witch
To satisfy an itch
Went flying on her broomstick,
thumbing for a hitch!”


DSC02147Cocoa I think that we’re not in Kansas anymore.


DSC02147When the storm ended,


DSC02147it left a waterfall of water cascading
down our garden steps.


Soon, we were out of the woods, out of the dark, out of the night,
and back to painting more geraniums.


DSC02147Oh don’t worry Sam, we’ll get your toy and dry him for you. He’ll
be as good as new.


DSC02147So, all my little red geranium paintings went traveling


down the yellow brick road right into my little shop.


I have designed a nice gift wrap, so that it is ready to give as a gift or treat yourself to a treasure.


DOROTHYThe song for this post is a melody from the Wizard of Oz called Optimistic Voices.

Painting, Painting, PaintingNow back to painting other miniatures from my garden of giveaways.
Snap said...

I love geraniums. I love your geraniums -- real and painted. I work really hard to keep my geraniums going all year ... hard to do in this heat and humidity. That was quite a waterfall. Normally, I love waterfalls ... the sound of the water rushing ... but probably not in my backyard!

Beverly said...

They are lovely, Karen. You are an inspiration.

I'm amazed at all of that water on your steps.

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Karen,
Your geraniums are beautiful, both real and painted, The picture of the water cascading down you steps is unbelievable. I am always so blessed with seeing talent such as yours, there just seems to be so much enjoyment in your artwork. Thank you for sharing. You are so gifted.

SharDon Exclusives said...

Your paintings are so lovely. The geraniums are delightful. I must go now to see your shop...(I love each of your posts!!!)

Sharon said...

I so enjoy your posts. Your paintings are wonderful.I am very happy to have found your blog as reading it adds sunshine to my day. Thanks, Sharon

TattingChic said...

What a pretty bunch of little paintings! You're so very talented with all kind of art mediums! I really enjoy each visit to your blog! :)

Tina- said...

so very pretty..both the real and the painted versions.
wanted to invite you to stop by..I am having a 500th post give away over on my blog..hope you'll join in.

LiLi M. said...

All geraniums in your post are beautiful. The red is so cheerful! I love that painting of Dorothy on the music paper too! Can we see more of that?
Ah that cascade of water! Unbelievable! In your photo that turns out quite picturesque having your own cascade of water in your garden. Hope everything turned out fine. Have a nice day!

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Karen, your geraniums are beautiful...both!
Thanks for sharing...

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh Karen I love this painting! The brilliant red is so beautiful:>) I'll be saving my pennies for this one!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I can't wait to receive my miniature geranium painting from you Karen!! Your paitings are all so beautiful.

Gabriela said...

Hello Karen,

My favorite red geraniums, I have lots of them blooming all year round here.

I like Cocoa, how cute!

~ Gabriela ~

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Karen, what can I say?

I am INspired and INawe of your blog, your art and you.

I am definitely adding you to my list of artsy blogs and will back to visit often.

Vee said...

Geraniums require a lot of care, but give a lot of color. I think a painting of one would be the perfect way to go for me. Glad that you are finding ways to enjoy the summer storms and all.

Anonymous said...

Good morning Karen, All of your paintings are very lovely. I especially love the greraniums in the qaudy frame. How rich and beautiful. Absolutely stunning ♥

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful gifts with all of us. Red geraniums...I love them each and every one!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Geraniums are a favorite of mine! Love your painted ones (looks spectacular in the frame). The water on your steps is amazing - really looks like a waterfall!


Mary said...

I love all the images you selected for us today. I love bright red geraniums. They always remind me of old hillside homes in France and Italy. Thank you for sharing your photos with us.

Lori said...

what an amazing sight you captured with your camera, the waterfall coursing down your garden stairs is wonderful...your geraniums look so pretty Karen...and i love your Dorothy painted on the sheet music, that is so sweet:)

Charlene said...

Your red geraniums are wonderful! And I bet it is harder to paint tiny than regular size? Is it? And the photo of the water rushing down your steps was wonderful. Wish we had some of that rain. We are soooooooooooo very dry here in Texas. That picture of poor puppy looking out so longingly.

Suzie Button said...

Karen, thanks for stopping by my blog today and I bow to your inspiration also! What gorgeous pictures you have there, your painting skills and your garden are just full of inspiration! Suzie

Donna at Mourning Dove Cottage said...

Hi Karen,
What a wonderful post. I love geraniums and I love your paintings ~ just beautiful!

I had to smile when I saw Sam and his wet toy in the rain. So familiar.

Hugs to you,

Elyse said...

hi karen,

just in case you didn't receive my emails (the address i had from our initial etsy meeting), i received my miniature painting today!!!

how i LOVE it! karen, i ADORE you for choosing to paint my plate garden at the shabby shed. i don't think i have ever received such a thoughtful, personal, giving, creative gift in my life. i cannot begin to express my gratitude. i absolutely love it.

i was already out tonight searching for the perfect frame so that i can hang it up.

thank you so much from the bottom of my heart! your generosity embodies the sweetness that blogging is!

excuse my gushing and please know it is all sincere! your miniatures geraniums are beautiful. i am loving the minis!

with love, thanks & appreciation,

Laurie said...

Red geraniums are my favorites! I loved this post - especially the photo of the rain running down your tiny stairs!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Those are wonderful, Karen, and this post was delightful!


Sheila :-)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, I see some hydrangeas, and they are gorgeous! So are the geraniums! You have really taken on a monumental task! How sweet you are to use your talents this way!
Wow! that water coming down your steps is incredible! laurie

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

I am new to your blog-- thanks by the way for stopping and leaving such a delightful comment!! so much appreciated...

However-- its official-- I am one of your newests FANS!! ooo h my goodness are you a talent.

I know you have heard that before but darlin -- I am smitten.-- I will be back very soon.

You are so inspiring.

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

Mama said...

Stunning paintings, photographs and geraniums Karen, happy weekend, Kathy.

Rhondi said...

Hi Karen
Your geranium paintings are wonderful. Geraniums remind mne of my mom because that was one of her favorite flowers to paint. I'm going to get out my paintbrushes one of these days and geraniums are the first thing I want to paint. Yours are beautiful.
Hugs, Rhondi