Adam Houston

American Impressionist Oil Painter

Sunlit Mums

Les had bought some mums in the Fall, and these looked perfect in the light. I set up my easel on the front porch to tried and capture them.


Number 84 is a little bit of a stretch based on the last few. I wanted to do one more with the pomegranates and ended up having some flowers so I added them in as well. Evi officially became a “daisy” and we had to bring the flowers for the get together. I figured I would get a little extra mileage out of them.

I did most of this in one sitting. These more complicated ones are like walking a tightrope. You’ve got glass, fruit, petals, stems, background – lots of moving parts here. I was just hoping that it would be a cohesive image and overall I was pretty happy.

This is the last of the pomegranates for the year. They were fun to paint but I’ve got to keep moving.

Spring Iris

Here’s number 50 which is a special one for a couple of reasons. The first and obvious one is that I have FINALLY gotten to 50. It’s taken forever to cross that line but better late than never.

The second and more important reason this one is special is that it was painted for my Mom. We celebrated her birthday on Friday (number 60 for her) and this was her gift from Les, Evi and I.

For as long as I can remember Mom has grown Irises. Growing up you could always count on the bed of Irises coming up and being around the house. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve always seen her tending to them but I’ve always loved them as well. I remember her doing watercolors of them and being amazed by the paintings. So in thinking about what to paint for her this stood above the rest.

So, there you go. Happy Birthday Mom – I love you.

Three Daffodils

It’s time for daffodils here in Georgia. You know spring is on the way when they start poking up and they are everywhere. Honestly, I thought this was going to be pretty easy – how hard could a daffodil be really? Well it was much harder than I thought (as usual).

The petals are so thin that the light goes through them and you get these translucent shapes where they meet. The shadows are not formed by the shape of the petal – it’s this series of overlaps that make the shadows.

The other thing about this painting is that it’s much larger than the ones I have been on working thus far. This is a 12″ x 12″ which is more than double the surface area of an 8″ x 8″. It was more of a challenge but it feels good to get into some larger paintings.

Spring Dogwoods II

I am so glad March is here. I think it is by far my favorite month.

Now that things are warming up and starting to green around Atlanta I wanted to get up-to-speed on landscapes and flowers so that in a few weeks when everything is really in bloom I can capture it.

So, here is number 19. I had done some watercolors years ago of dogwoods and loved how they turned out and so I decided to start this new area with my old friends. This is an 8″ x 8″ original oil painting on stretched canvas.

If you are interested you can purchase the painting from my Etsy store at this link. See you Sunday…