October 20, 2014

The colours of Fall

Not everything out there is red, orange and yellow!

I've always loved the fading colours of hydrangea in the Fall. They can change several times over the months and have the most amazing antiqued colours in pinks, blues, creams and greens.

One day I'll learn to paint them... for now, here's a photo!

October 07, 2014

The apples are finally ready...

... and they went through a lot to get here. 
This apple is from a very old, very unhealthy tree. It's been growing slowly for months and has survived caterpillars, wasps, birds and who knows what else, as you can see by the eaten leaves. But the apple is perfect, sweeter than any I can buy in a store, and this tree keeps growing these beauties for us to eat every October, year after year. 

And so, I've named this picture:  I've waited all year for this apple.

This original painting is available in my shop. ($95 USD)
(8 x 10 inches, water colour on paper)

September 21, 2014

My roses have left...

... and I'm forced to find beauty in other places.

The season is changing and I've been cleaning up the garden this week. My roses have turned to rose hip, and now I must wait until next summer to see their blooms again. They inspired this painting.

My roses have left
This 8 x 10 original watercolour painting is available. ($95 USD)

August 31, 2014

Sun warmed cherry tomatoes...

...have been rolling off my vines.
It's summer's last hurrah, and I'm enjoying every minute of it!

Cherry Tomatoes, summer's last hurrah
(watercolour on paper)

August 22, 2014

I pulled up a few more....

... carrots.

They were a small but happy bunch that have been growing side by side for quite a while,
not unlike a lot of families I know.

Together, we grow
(Watercolour on paper)

July 06, 2014

Lettuce has been growing for thousands of years...

... and is continuing to grow in my backyard.

As I was painting the many layers of green in this painting I was thinking about how comforting it is to have this humble plant growing just outside my door. My parents have it growing in their yard as well, as did my Grandparents and their parents. 

And that got me to thinking.... how long has lettuce been growing? After a short Wikipedia search,  I learned that lettuce has been growing and feeding us for thousands of years! It was the ancient Egyptians who bred lettuce into a plant grown for its edible leaves in 2680 BC. That's 4694 years ago!

Over four thousand years of bright green tasty leaves... somehow I take great comfort in that.

Homegrown Lettuce
This original 8 x 10 painting is available in my shop.
(Watercolour on paper)

June 25, 2014

The smell of sweet peas...

...do you know it? It's one of the scents of summer for me.
Ahhhh.... Summer's really here.
I like to put a little vase of them on the mantle and let their sweet smell waft through the breezy house.

Summer sweet peas
(watercolour on paper)

May 08, 2014

Constant change...

This is one of my favourite parts of gardening... the tulip is withering away and the spirea has sprung to life. And if you look closely, there's a basketball hiding in the garden too.
That's life... well, my life anyway!

May 01, 2014

It is possible...

...to have too much of a good thing!

I have a kale forest in my garden. I've been so busy picking, steaming and chopping that I haven't had time to draw it. So here's a drawing from last year's kale - it's always been one of my favourites (the drawing and the vegetable!). 

I also have this image available as a print, phone case, and tote bag through Society6, if you're in need of a little more kale in your life!

April 22, 2014

The magnolia...

...so much beauty is around us.
Happy Gorgeous Earth Day to you all!

The Magnolia was dripping in gorgeousness

This original 8 x 10 drawing is available.
(watercolour and coloured pencils on paper)