Happy New Year!

As I write the wind is howling outside on this bleak January day and so I’m glad to be in my cosy studio.  I wish you all a Happy New Year, a bit belatedly, and hope it will prove to be a wonderful creative one for everyone, including me!

I have been seeking inspiration to paint over the last few months and it has been a fallow time for me.  But I sense an upturn with the new year.  I enjoyed writing the four articles, one for each season, on keeping a garden journal last year for Leisure Painter magazine.  Did you see the articles?  They gave me a chance to enjoy the garden as well as experimenting with keeping a journal.

As I look out on the garden today, I’m reminded of my Winter article.  The starkness of the Winter branches against a grey stormy sky.

A page from my garden journal 

Today the crab apples on our tree provide a touch of welcome colour to the wintry scene.

Another beacon of colour today is provided by the Winter Jasmine, lovely golden speckles against the dark fence behind and a giving us a hint of Spring to come.

adj winter jasmine small
My Winter Jasmine watercolour

I love the way the jasmine gets itself in a tangle and the way the bright yellow flowers stand out against the dark background.

Time to be freshly inspired I hope…!

I’d love to hear from you in the comments with your stories about how you find inspiration to paint.  We should stand together and encourage each other, don’t you think?

7 thoughts on “Happy New Year!”

  1. Belated Happy New Year Ann. I am always saying I must start a garden journal, and after seeing yours I will definitely start one.


  2. Dear Ann,

    I enjoyed reading about your Crab Apple tree and will plant one or two for habitit in my own backyard. I have recently planted an American High-bush Cranberry and thoroughly enjoyed its lovely leaves and berries, which are all gone now, devoured by the local birds. I always love to see your art, for it is so inspiring and genuine, such a glimpse into you and your life. Thank you for sharing your gift with this world.

    Happy painting to you (and me!)
    Kimberly Wurster


    1. Thanks so much for commenting Kimberly and I wish you well with your future crab apple trees and I’m so grateful for your words about my art. Makes me want to work harder at it! Ann


  3. Thanks, Ann, for your pointer to step-by-step iris. I have admired your paintings (thanks, Facebook), and great to see how you produce these beauties.


    1. Hi Jill, Did you manage to make the blog archive links work, or did you scroll down through the blog posts? Many have told me that they cannot make the links in the blog archive work. Thanks for commenting!


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