Back to Top

Painting while Primavera smiles

Just today!
I stepped out of the front door and look at these amazing orange poppies!

031 copy copy

It’s hard to believe that when I first moved into my home, now five years ago, the whole garden was various shades of pink!


Now there is an absolute rainbow here. For example, look at the irises.

006 copy copy

Each one saved from the bulldozer at neighbourhood construction sites, and each one more glorious than the next.

015 copy

The other night a wind storm kicked up and blew down several of the heavy stems. I cut them and brought them into the house.

007 copy copy

Because, you see, I started a large oil painting last month when I had a bunch of white lilies and some purple anemones.


I was dying to get back to that painting and, while I had the cut arrangement, it was an absolute ideal time to paint in the irises.

017 copy copy

I spent a happy couple of hours painting them in and then I roughed in some of the anemones.

009 copy copy

What a glorious spring in the garden. I’m sure that Primavera is smiling.

037 copy copy

Now I want to paint out those anemones and paint in the orange poppies!

…maybe a bunch of my yellow roses? (This is my saved Jude the Obscure, and the fragrance from just one blossom can perfume the whole room.)

008 copy copy

How is your spring/fall going? I hope if you’re in spring, you’re getting some lovely, warm sunshine and roses, and if in fall, well then, I hope your autumn bounty is grand. I’d love it if you told me. 😀

Comments: 5

  • May 10, 2016

    Hello V, wonderful Blog, full of fragrant color on this gray and dismal morning here in Welsh Wales! Been on placement for nearly 4 weeks [home on Sunday]. I’ve had snow, rain, thunder, hailstones! and four days of temperatures in the mid 20’s… thats summer for here!! And back home in Malaga its been torrential rain and hailstones!! World’s gone crazy, as it always has, always will do! take care, mx

  • May 11, 2016

    Wow! to see this gives me a good tranquility!

  • May 11, 2016

    those poppies are so beautiful .. next to anemones they’re my favorites

  • May 11, 2016

    Flowers are a neverending source of inspiration, aren’t they?

  • May 22, 2016

    We are in fall … and up until today the weather was so mild. Today has been horrid! LOL … Your garden looks so beautiful V and I just adore your painting of those irises. Gorgeous 😀

Leave a reply