Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Green

After a rather long and unexpected break from the computer, I am finally able to post again.  My apologies to those of you who have been wondering what has been happening.  As many of you may know, my family and I moved house recently and of course, it took longer to get set up than expected.  But now, everything seems to be working, just in time for the heralds of summer calling in my favorite time of year.

Our new home is lovely. Everything seems to fit it...more or less, and already if feels like we belong here.  Both our children are beginning to settle and harmony is descending on our lives at last.  I have a wonderful new studio that will enable me to teach live classes right here.  I'm still unpacking and setting up, but it's beautiful, bright, and very functional.

One of the most delightful aspects of our new home is the garden.  The previous owner was an avid and loving gardener and right now it is ablaze with blooms and color like I have rarely seen before.  Each morning when I wonder outside, I'm amazed at some new variety of flower that has arrived.  It has every color of the rainbow, and then some. 

It's a summer garden right now, bright green, lush, and somewhat overgrown.  When it comes to any spare time I am lucky enough to get, it's usually spent on art, rather than gardening.  Nonetheless I try to get out and pull weeds a little each day, but mostly I just end up sitting somewhere sunny with my sketchbook on my lap.

This page was done using a combination of watercolor pencil and watercolor paint.  I tried to capture the essence of summer greens.  These plants sit around the bases of two big trees in our backyard. I've always loved the way they lend themselves to artistic interpretation.  They are so fresh and defined.

So, I have plenty of surprises coming up in the next few months.  A new series, lots of beautiful new art, and some new classes in the works. Also, there is very special giveaway coming up that is the result of an exciting collaboration with a very beautiful and talented artist. Also, the first of my summer classes, Watercolor Pencil Workshop, begins in one week and I've been tidying up materials and adding new projects in time for the start of this hugely popular six-week class.  There is still time to register, so for more information, click here.

Thanks for checking in. xx