Longwood Fountainscape

Day1/31 #WorldWatercolorMonth – yes it’s #WorldWatercolorMonth 2017! It kind of snuck up on me though  Charlie O’Shields over at Doodlewash has been reminding us for almost a month now! 

The gorgeous flowerpots at the base of Longwood fountain terrace were just begging to be sketched. These exotic blooms had such a tropical air to them, I just wanted to capture the essence, but I’ll have to do the flowers over again.

Playing with Purples 

Everywhere you look out side, everything is covered in white. Three days of snow and ice storms, three days of painting snowy wintery scenes, and I needed color in my life! My  blue orchids are blooming indoors, and on this cold winter day they bring such brightness and color to the indoors. At present these orchid and the winter jasmine outside my window are all that’s blooming around here. So I’ve been playing around with purples and blues. Here are some different version of blue orchids and my play with purples…

And then without the oranges…

And now that I’ve got my color fix and used up a lot of my purples, I can go back to painting snow again! I’ll post my winter scenes in my next post.

Study in Pink

A quick sketch to loosen up this morning…the echinacea are abundantly blooming in my garden this year and so are the bees and butterflies. It’s a flutter of activity. I’m just gonna have to paint a few butterflies next!


All in White – Cosmos

Day 21/31 ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬

First day of Jean Haines Watercolours Workshop In Winchfield, England.


One For The Road

Day 19/31: #WorldWatercolorMonth

A quick sketch as I head out the door. Will post as often as I can.


Lily Pond at Longwood Gardens- Hint of #YInMnBlue

Yes, the water lilies at Longwood Gardens are at peak bloom and stunning as ever.


My humble attempt to capture the essence of their beauty…


Friday Fun – Playing with Watercolors! Pinks and Greens!

Day 8/31 #WorldWatercolorMonth  #Hollyhocks #Watercolorists #Garden #Pleinair

This was just a fun exercise of splattering water and color onto the paper and letting the water take over, I was going for an effect of capturing sunlight at the top while still giving depth to the composition. This light and airy sketch of hollyhocks painted plain air in my garden. Yes the hollyhocks are blooming!

Hollyhocks always bring back childhood memories of my dad’s garden and Enid Blyton.