Watercolor by Lucy Arnold

Berkeley Backyard (Inner Home)

20×13 watercolor. This painting depicts the backyard of a Berkeley home I lived in with my (then) future husband. It was painted over the course of a few seasons, which …

Fateful Flowers by Lucy Arnold

Toxic Tango IV: Fateful Flowers

Beautiful, toxic flowers abound in the plant kingdom. Many are very familiar garden varieties that many folks would never suspect as being dangerous. They appear in bouquets in our homes, …

Troical plants and animals in Tropical Pardise watercolor by Lucy Arnold

Tropical Paradise

4’x8′ watercolor Tropical Paradise is the largest painting I’ve ever done. It’s 4 feet wide by 8 feet long, and filled with tropical plants, birds and butterflies. It was done …

Colorful autumn leaves of Crepe Myrtle

Autumn Crepe Myrtle

22×30 watercolor One fall, I noticed that the little crepe myrtle trees across the street seemed to have particularly colorful autumn leaves. I went over with my camera and took …

Japanese Maple by Lucy Arnold

Japanese Maple

30×22 watercolor This watercolor painting was done from life – of the autumn leaves on a Japanese maple tree in my backyard. Japanese Maple was published in The Watercolour Flower Aritist’s Bible …

Summer garden flowers by Lucy Arnold

Summer ’90

22×30 watercolor A profusion of summer garden flowers! I painted this floral watercolor in the summer of 1990. I only used flowers from my garden, but they weren’t all blooming at …

Orchids watercolor by Lucy Arnold

Orchids

9×12 watercolor One year, both my son and my daughter – separately – gave me a lovely book of orchids. I took this as a sign that it was time to …

Cymbidium orchids in blue background by Lucy Arnold

Orchids in Blue

15×22 watercolor This watercolor of cymbidium orchids was inspired from live plants. I began by sketching orchids growing in a half-barrel planter in my yard. I took a few photos to …

Red Petals

30×22 pastel “Red Petals” is a blown-up view of intensely red gerbera daisy flower petals. I chose the dark green as a background color to offset the red, which is so very …

Fallen leaves of madrone, oak and bay watercolor by Lucy Arnold

Madrone, Oak, Bay

22×30 watercolor I live in an area of California where there are many hiking trails in oak woodland. This watercolor shows a collage of fallen leaves of madrone, oak and …

Leafscape pastel by Lucy Arnold

Leafscape

19×25 pastel I collected autumn leaves from the sidewalk. What attracted me more than the color was the sculptural quality. So nuanced! I decided to make a pastel painting that emphasized …

Two Snapdragons pastel by Lucy Arnold

Two Dragons

22×30 pastel These two red dragons are, of course, snapdragons. At this size, though, with their odd faces and manes, they reminded me more of some type of mythical, floral …

Purple Iris pastel by Lucy Arnold

Purple Majesty

22×30 pastel A purple iris bloomed in my front garden. Such a purple! It was incredibly rich, deep and velvety. I wanted to capture that color. It took many different …

Purple Lisianthus watercolor by Lucy Arnold

Purple Lisianthus

22×30 watercolor The first time I ever grew a purple lisianthus in my garden, I was amazed at how beautiful it was. I tried to capture the essence of it …

Violet Jade Gems: purple orchid

Violet Jade Gems

22×30 watercolor This lovely purple orchid plant was a birthday gift from my parents one year. I knew the flowers wouldn’t last forever, and I probably wouldn’t be able to …

Mandavilla Magic

22×30 pastel A mandavilla vine grows on my garden wall. I chose to use pastels for this painting to take advantage of the saturation of pigment in that medium. There …

Two Faces: Pansy & Geranium

24×30 oil pastel This large close-up focuses on the intricacies and “faces” of two flowers from the garden- a pansy and a geranium blossom. Published in Floral Birthday Calendar by Carlina …

Leaf

Leaf

30×22 pastel One single leaf. It was beautiful. It was irrisistable. It was there, all alone, on the walkway of my backyard. I had to paint it. Pastels are so …

Autumn Leaves pastel by Lucy Arnold

Autumn Leaves

22×30 pastel This pastel is a very enlarged view of a few autumn leaves in all their intensely colorful glory.

rose watercolor

Rose

9×12 watercolor I painted this rose watercolor as a demonstration for an art class when my daughter was in high school.