The intricacies of both nature and humans are displayed at the Spiral Gallery this month.
Featured artist Earlean Marsh's show, titled "Flowers & Figures," will hang in the gallery at 341 Broadway St. through Sunday, Aug. 27. Additionally, a 10 percent discount will be available on all of Marsh's art at the gallery during August.
The show features flowers painted in watercolor and life drawings, which highlight the human figure, done in pastels.
Marsh appreciates creating the life drawings because it is a study of the body and all of its details.
"You can really see the joints, and the landmarks of the bones and muscles," she said.
Marsh enjoys painting flowers to preserve their beauty.
"Flowers are just gorgeous, and they don't last," she said. "They can be on the wall permanently rather than just a couple days or weeks. I like to preserve and collect things."
Many of the pieces in "Flowers & Figures" feature hydrangeas, which Marsh described as one of her favorite flowers.
She added that the process of painting flowers is often more difficult than what might meet the eye.
"They're fragile and delicate, which makes them surprisingly hard," she said. "It's hard to (portray) that delicacy."
Marsh noted that her favorite part of the artistic process is the beginning.
"I really like the first coating (of paint)," she said. "It's hard to know when you're finished. The joke is, an artist needs someone with a sledgehammer behind them to make them stop. We tend to get overworked and fussy (about the end). The beginning is the fun part."
Often, her opinion of a piece will change as she works on it.
"One of my favorites now, at first I didn't like the flower," she said. "It's hard to pick because sometimes you're struggling with something but then it finally gets pretty and you like it. It just varies."
She enjoys learning other people's thoughts on her work.
"A few of the other gallery members picked ones that were way down on my list," she said. "I like to know what other people think."