Link to Nara Pilgrim Wood's home page

Floral Portraits in Watercolor and Metal Leaf

Nara sitting before a waterfall, painting in a field of calla lilies

This series evolved from a stained glass window design that I did a few years ago. The design was for a tall, narrow window. Considering the shape and proportions of the window calla lilies were an obvious choice for the central image. I had a scrap piece of watercolor paper, long and narrow, and as I completed the pencil sketch for the window I decided that I would use the scrap to do a watercolor of the design. I began the next day painting three callas in a symmetrical, deco-esque style. I added a teal background and put gold leaf around the flowers. I hung the painting in a gallery and within a week the piece sold. Soon after that I was getting requests from collectors for their own flower and gold leaf paintings.

Most of the Floral Portraits are not reproduced as Giclées. (The large swath of gold or silver leaf that is present in many of the paintings would not reproduce well.) If you see one that appeals to you, though, I am happy to reproduce an original painting for you. Send me an email or contact me on Facebook or Instagram if you want to know more.

I have grown, arranged, painted, and loved flowers all of my life. The Floral Portraits Series unfolded naturally and became an ode to flowers, with the gold and silver leaf as the sparkle that lights them up.

View Larger Read About

Japanese Iris

Japanese iris are a staple of the Northern California late winter flowers. I love it when they begin to bloom.
Purchase
Japanese Iris
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper, Framed
$600
The framed original of Japanese Iris is available. To see the painting in its frame click here.

Japanese Iris is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and is provided matted and framed.

Limited Edition Giclée Print
$150
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Japanese Iris
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Calla Beauty

Calla Beauty is the sixth portrait I have done of Calla Lilies. I love the structure of the flowers and leaves, both. Calla's are beautiful sculptural forms.
Purchase
Calla Beauty
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper, Framed
SOLD
Limited Edition Giclée Print
$150
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Calla Beauty
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

A Perfect Night

A chrysanthemum in its perfection being viewed with the light of the full moon. In Japan there is a tradition of inviting guests to your garden when the chrysanthemum is in perfect bloom, timing the gathering with the full moon. A night of taking in beauty, quiet wonderment with a little green tea.
Purchase
A Perfect Night
Watercolor/Fine Silver Leaf on Paper
SOLD
Limited Edition Giclée Print
$150
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

A Perfect Night
Watercolor & Silver Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Night of the Heart

Watercolor painting of orange marigold viewed over a full moonlit ocean and adorned with silver leaf.
Purchase
Night of the Heart
Original Watercolor on Paper
SOLD
The framed original of Night of the Heart is not available.
Limited Edition Giclée Print
$150

Giclée prints of original paintings are limited to 54 reproductions.

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

Framing
Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.
Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping and insurance for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $20 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Night of the Heart
Watercolor & Silver Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Gardenia

Gardenia bushes lined the front of my bure (Fijian-style thatch-roofed house) on Naitauba Island in Fiji. When the gardenia’s bloomed hundreds of the fragrant, white flowers dressed up my simple quarters. The fragrance was overwhelming. I swoon just thinking about it.
Purchase
Gardenia
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
$600
The framed original of Gardenia is available. To see the painting in its frame click here.

Gardenia is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and is provided matted and framed.

Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Gardenia
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Peace Rose

In the spirit of the season I painted this peace rose surrounded by sunlight reflected on water. May the end of this year be peaceful and light-filled for all of you my friends.
Purchase
Peace Rose
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
$600
The framed original of Peace Rose is available. To see the painting in its frame click here.

Peace Rose is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and is provided matted and framed.

Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Peace Rose
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Dogwood

Dogwood trees have always enchanted me. I appreciate their delicacy, the texture of the flowers, and their ability to grow and bloom in harsh climates. I used to stare out the classroom window at an old and beautiful dogwood tree in bloom. I was hardly able to concentrate on my schoolwork because the tree was so captivating.
Purchase
Dogwood
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
$600

The framed original of Dogwood is available. To see the painting in its frame click here.

Dogwood is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and is provided matted and framed.

Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing
Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.
Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Dogwood
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Mango Calla

I really like painting calla lilies. The flowers are so strong, and their form is so classic. The leaves, too, are so supple, and are such a pleasing shape. I have painted a number of them, mostly white. So, I thought I would try another color since they appear in such an array of vibrant colors. Voilà, a mango calla.
Purchase
Mango Calla
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
$600
The framed original of Mango Calla is available. To see the painting in its frame click here.

Mango Calla is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and is provided matted and framed.

Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Mango Calla
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Asian Poppy 2

I always have Asian Poppies on hand every spring. The lively but simple structure and the bold colors are a welcome sight at winter's end.
SOLD
Asian Poppy 2
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
SOLD
Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Asian Poppy 2
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Twilight Rose

I have a friend who does organic farming on Taveuni Island in Fiji. She lived near me in West Sonoma County for a few years, and grew magnificent roses; breathtaking actually. She made rose jam from the roses. I never tasted anything like it. Every morning she went into her rose garden and hand-picked the aphids off the petals. She would allow nothing to taint the flavor of that delicious, pink concoction that paired so well with Screaming Mimi’s vanilla ice cream. Here’s to you, Amy! Fiji is lucky to have you.
SOLD
Twilight Rose
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper

Twilight Rose is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and is provided matted and framed.

Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing
Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.
Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Twilight Rose
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Begonia

I fell for begonias the first time that I visited the begonia house at the Mendocino Botanical Gardens. I was surrounded by blooming begonias in every color. I remember turning, bending, and going on tiptoe, to catch the best views of each flower. Ever since then I have been growing begonias, enjoying their beauty at each stage of their life. This is a portrait of one from last year.
SOLD
Begonia
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
SOLD

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Begonia
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Moonlight on the Water

Maybe this is a nighttime, full-moon view from the shore of Lake Biwa, on the island of Honshu in Japan. I’ll know it when I see it.
SOLD
Moonlight on the Water
Watercolor/Fine Silver Leaf on Paper
SOLD
Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Moonlight on the Water
Watercolor & Silver Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Springtime at Shell Beach

The northern coast of California is rugged and oozing beauty. Calla lilies line Highway 1 adjacent to dunes and ice plant. I love the sea, I love the sun, I love calla lilies. Does it get better?
SOLD
Springtime at Shell Beach
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
SOLD

Springtime at Shell Beach is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and is provided matted and framed.

Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Springtime at Shell Beach
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Calla 2

I have always been a great admirer of the calla lily. I love the structural quality of the flower and plant, the simplicity of line. I love it that you can find these flowers growing wild along the California coast.
SOLD
Calla 2
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
SOLD
Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Calla 2
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Sunlight on the Water

Looking at the sunlight on the water has been a lifelong enjoyment. There is just nothing quite like it. Peace is what happens to me when I sit and contemplate the brilliant patterns of light dancing on water.
SOLD
Sunlight on the Water
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
SOLD
Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.
Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Sunlight on the Water
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Cataleya

I was six years old when I moved to Fiji. My favorite service when I arrived was caring for the orchids in the large orchid house that was already established. The orchid house was a large reed and thatch bure; a Fijian-style structure. The airy building was filled with orchids of many varieties and colors. My favorites were the Catalayas with their large, frilly petals and soft, pastel colors.
SOLD
Cataleya
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
SOLD
Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing
Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.
Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Cataleya
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Lightfall

When I asked a friend what his favorite flower is, he replied "a Japanese maple, even though it is not a flower." I agreed wholeheartedly. Maples have the most amazing delicacy, and their leaves change to flower-like colors each year. Their branches come in all kinds of shapes and textures, and some of them also change color with the seasons.
SOLD
Lightfall
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
SOLD
Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing
Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.
Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Lightfall
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Twice in a Blue Moon

I hung the bright moon on a pine-branch there;
   Then took it off,
      and hung it on elsewhere.


               Hokushi
SOLD
Twice in a Blue Moon
Watercolor/Fine Silver Leaf on Paper
SOLD
Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing
Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.
Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Twice in a Blue Moon
Watercolor & Silver Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Calla 3

A number of people have asked me to paint a calla lily similar to my original painting. I always enjoy it. The forms are so much fun to play with, and the gold leaf “pops” the flower out of the background marvelously.
SOLD
Calla 3
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
SOLD
Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.
Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing
Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.
Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Calla 3
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
View Larger Read About

Height of Summer

Dahlias are another flower that I grow and admire. I delight in their beauty, structure, and striking colors.This painting is a continuation of my flower series. This time I drew inspiration from Art Nouveau, creating a detailed halo to further celebrate the central dahlia.
SOLD
Height of Summer
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
SOLD
Limited Edition Giclée Print
Not Available
Framing
Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.
Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Height of Summer
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"

Nara standing in a fiels of California poppies.