January 21, 2015

Have you seen them?

..the camellias are opening for us.

Yes, the buds are starting to open on the camellias around the neighbourhood. If you're having a dreary winter day and need something hopeful, look out for them. Camellias are a wonderful plant - glossy leaves and lovely rose-like blooms in late January, but they won't last long. Enjoy them! I will be!

"The camellias are opening for us"
(8 x 10 inches, watercolour on paper)
This painting is available in my shop!

January 11, 2015

The fern...

...was quietly enjoying the rain.

I suppose this one is a bit of a self portrait with that title! I must admit, this painting was much more challenging than I thought it would be. I actually had planned to do two fern fronds, but erased the second one after I had spent a while struggling through this one. Ferns are so beautiful in their structure and their simplicity, but they don't have a lot of density, grit or deep shadows to really dive into and paint! I still like it though, and I did love all the rain we got this week.

This painting is available in my shop!
(6 1/2 x 10 inches, watercolour and coloured pencils on paper)

January 06, 2015

Getting back at it!

It feels good to get back to some normal routines this week! I've started a new painting... ah painting. It's like an old friend. I've been craving some green lately so I clipped a couple of fern fronds from the front yard and thought I'd give them a try. Now I'm tucked into the den doing a few more late night washes of green. I've always loved the quiet of January!

January 02, 2015

Happy New Year!

I wish you all a very happy 2015!

I am hoping for a year filled with a bountiful garden (less slugs, more blooms) and lots of finished paintings (preferably good ones!). I've got five new tubes of paint to get me started this New Year. Yay! I hope I can use them well.... deep breath, let's go!

May you have a creative and artful year!