I’ve enjoyed sharing with you this step by step demo of Clematis Montana growing outside the studio. You’ll be able to buy a fuller version as a hard copy later when I have produced it in time for the Patchings Art Festival in June (10 – 13 June ). The clematis isn’t in flower yet, because the cold weather has made everything about a month late this year but soon it will be everywhere, adorning fences, hedges and trellises like layers of pale pink lace.
The Spring daffodils are out and to celebrate here’s today’s rendition of an old favourite. Daffodils against a dry stone wall. These flowers are almost as enjoyable to paint as white flowers in that they contrast beautifully with their surroundings, often at this time of year rich brown earth, dark green ivy, or, in this case, mellow stonework.
This week I’m in the studio doing some designs for Medici cards. It was nice to see one of my designs on sale as a Mother’s Day card. Not there anymore of course. It was here today and gone tomorrow. The card companies have to keep on their toes at this time of year…so no sooner is Christmas over than they’re into Valentines Day, then Mother’s day then on to Easter.
Twenty two people painted their hearts out at this workshop yesterday. They laughed when I said at the end “I’ve learned a lot today”, but it was true. They had tried some really beautiful techniques that made me look twice at what I was doing. Didn’t have my camera to take a photo of their paintings but each one was a different interpretation that showcased their personalities.
I’m all anemonied out this morning! We had a good workshop yesterday. Feedback included words such as “intense” and “stretched”. Not surprising as they had a sketch book page of studies and a nearly completed painting to show for it. They did SO well.