Monday, January 18, 2010


Cold and wintry as it has been outside, in the art classes we are already talking about bulbs and seed packages and plans for the coming garden year. Rows of potted daffodils, tulips and hyacinths greet us at the supermarket entrances and I cannot resist them. Snow is falling tonight, it will be weeks and weeks before even the first snowdrops bloom, but indoors the magic begins.


  1. Tulips do provide lots of inspiration for drawing and painting ... your water color painting is delightful. It's really got that freshness of the tulip's flower and the grace of its leaves.

    I cannot believe that this is the first I've known about your BAC site. It's fabulous. How wonderful to know I've now got two places to visit you, see more of your talent, and learn a bit about painting. Thank you. xo

  2. As always, I'm so caught by the beauty you can create and I think you for sharing it.

    I'm here to tell you something: In keeping with the tradition of this particular award, I've tagged you with a Kreativ Blogger Award over on my blog. Now, there's an entire process that goes with that (something I didn't know when someone first gave me one) but please know, if it isn't something you are interested in doing, I won't be hurt at all.

    I was just taking the opportunity to try and direct some folks to several delightful blogs, and yours came easily to mind :-)

  3. i love your delicate illustrations, beautiful. so looking forward to spring flowers. I found opening snowdrops on our woodland walk last week!

  4. Thank you Frances, and please visit the art lessons any time.

    Greetings Ruth, and thank you for dropping by. How lovely to have snowdrops already.

  5. Dear LOS, I'm honoured! I hope it's all right if I take a few days more to respond properly with a new post.
    Thank you for the nomination,

  6. I can't believe I nearly missed this post! I have had a blogging break so now I have the pleasure of catching up.

    One thing I must ask, what do you mean by glazing? It may surprise you that although I went through art college, we never actually learnt traditional water colour painting techniques. I sort of make it up as I go along!

  7. Dear Valerie, I think you are already a master of glazing: layering colours, thin wet washes over dry, to create or enhance textures and patterns or the depth, subtlety or brilliance of colour. The trick is not to disturb underlying layers of paint. Like you I had to discover this for myself and eventually realized that the process had a name: glazing!