A little sunshine

This morning I had time to paint in the garden while waiting for a delivery. I took the pots of tulips on the steps as my focus and grabbed the sun while it was there. It was lovely to feel some warmth at last. I used a lot of yellow ochre here, in the walls and steps and combined with cadmium scarlet for the pots. It is also in the foreground with some winsor violet. Such a versatile colour and especially useful in garden and landscape painting.

As the day wore on, the clouds rolled in and it became much chillier – and the delivery didn’t arrive until much later.

A change in the weather

Well, we all know April can be capricious, but having spent yesterday pottering in the garden, thinking how lovely it was in the sun, I really did not think we would get up this morning to a blanket of snow. April showers, I suppose.

It is just as well I made a quick sketch as soon as I was able, as it had mostly disappeared by lunchtime. Proof once more that you should never put off a sketch until another time. The chances are it will never be the same.

Flowers for a Prince

As I came to the last page of my current sketchbook, I noticed that the small tulips, planted in a pot I painted a few weeks ago, were just starting to come through. What better way of ending one sketchbook before starting another ?

Coming back indoors, I heard the sad news of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, two months before his 100th birthday. Truly the end of an era.

March blue

The sketchbook I am nearing the end of at the moment has turned out to be much more of a floral affair than usual. I’ve painted daffodils in the garden before, plenty of times, but I haven’t often painted a hyacinth. This one is out the front of the house, and I think there are a few more on the way which look as if they are going to be much darker.

As we are now able to meet other people in our gardens, and there are signs that lockdown is to be lifted gradually over the next few weeks, this might be an appropriate moment to be ending one sketchbook and opening another.

New life

As an antidote to painting 100 people last week, I wanted to find something a little less demanding with no time frame looming over me. So now Spring is here, I decided to turn my attention to the garden, a subject without end as soon it will change every day once things start to grow. Also, although it may not happen for a while yet, the weather will become drier and warmer, and we will be able to sit outside without being battered by the wind.

At last the garden is beginning to come to life again, it is very blue and yellow at this time of the year- our favourite colours. We are short on Tulips however and last year we planted some bulbs in various pots to see if anything would happen, and I am pleased to say that some leaves are emerging. With any luck we may even have some flowers at some point and I will be able to paint them again.