Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Two small sketches

... trying to do these small landscapes quick and loose

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Misty creek


Bruges 2

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
There are quite a few foxgloves blooming right now in my yard and I have been trying to paint them for the last three days. They proved quite difficult for me, with too many distracting details. Here I tried to ignore the color variations and the  fascinating sprinkles on the inside of each bell and focused solely on the shapes.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


It has been a wonderful Sunday morning, sitting in the backyard, painting flowers. Beautiful weather, quiet and peaceful...
I painted these peonies while waiting for another piece to dry. Did them quickly, without drawing and they turned out much better than the other painting, which I planned and drew. Isn't this typical!?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Poppies again...

still very far from what I would have liked, but there are a few things I did right...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Poppies before the hailstorm

It has been a while since my last post.After returning from a long absence my first task was to get the garden in order. I have been thinking about the similarities between gardening and painting. You make a plan, choose plants with the right color, size, blooming time, etc. But there is much left to chance in what comes out in the end. And if you try the same combination of plants at another spot, the result is never exactly the same. 

These poppies bloomed yesterday in the backyard and today I sat outside to paint them, in a record hot weather. Half way through that process a cloud appeared, but I couldn't imagine rain on such a hot and sunny day. Well, five minutes later there was a thunderstorm and.... hail! I managed to get inside before any damage was done, but now the poppies are a sad sight. My consolation is that there are still a number of unopened buds.