Just as a ballerina twirls, the tender crocus unfurls as it emerges from the ground. That's what I thought of as I gazed upon the much awaited, first flower of the year. Its struggle to break through the soil, I guess just makes it stonger...and in such cold weather too! We all must struggle and grow before we … Continue reading Emerging Crocus Sketch
This morning I was all excited about the Canyon Columbine I found last Tuesday. I tried to make a pastel painting but was very frustrated on the outcome. So frustrated it ended in the garbage. It happens. What did I do? Well, after I couldn't get my painting to work, I ate something really bad … Continue reading Some Paintings Don’t Make It
Spring wildflowers are in bloom right now on the forest floor, but you have to hurry for they do not last long. Why? Spring wildflowers are short-lived because during the beginning of the season, the tree's leaves are not developed which allows much sunlight to penetrate the forest floor. Once the leaves mature, the forest will become … Continue reading Spring Woodland Wildflowers
Remember last month when we did a sketch of the peony shoots ? Well they've cooked long enough and are now ready to smell and paint! So let's have fun painting one of the most beautiful flowers I know... Here is my reference photo. It is part of a large bush in my backyard and … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Peony Flower!