The Fruits of Her Labor

Jul 23, 2023
“The Fruits of Her Labor,” 9×12, oil, $495
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This beautiful bouquet came from our new pollinator garden at Stormwater Studios.  Karen Murphy is our designer, and these flowers are the fruits of her labor.  In addition to being a master naturalist, she is also my student and my friend.  The bouquet was so varied and vibrant.  It was the first bouquet from this beautiful new garden.  All this made it very fun to paint.  #pollinatorgarden #karenmurphy #paintflorals #stormwaterstudios

Here are a few photos of the process.

The painting began as a demonstration for one of my painting classes.
The lesson was on painting the vase. This is where it finished for the demonstration.
Also made its way into my perpetual sketchbook.

How is your garden growing?  Would love to see your pictures in the comments.

It is always heart-warming and humbling when I see my work find their forever homes. This one was special. Full of meaning for the family… and consequently, for me also.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Thank you for sharing some of it with me. See you next Sunday.


“We love our pollinators.”

Karen Murphy


  1. Roxanne on July 23, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    Love the flowers!

    • Michel McNinch on July 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you! Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday.

  2. Robert McNinch on July 23, 2023 at 1:48 pm


  3. Robert McNinch on July 23, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Awesome job

    • Michel McNinch on July 23, 2023 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you, honey.

  4. Karen Murphy on July 26, 2023 at 8:16 pm

    This means so much to me.
    Dear MM

    • Michel McNinch on July 26, 2023 at 8:35 pm

      you are a jewel.

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