Discount Bouquet

I picked up a bunch of flowers for half price and much to my delight there was a stem of lilium in the centre with unopened buds. With a bit of encouragement 4 of the 5 opened up into the most glorious yellow blooms. Conveying the volume of flowers is a challenge… just need to keep at it.

Snow in April

It was a dreary gray day with an unexpected amount of snow accumulation. But, thanks to encouragement from Shari Blaukopf, and following her limited palette wisdom, I undertook a sketch of the view from my living room. Painted in the fading light, finished the next day — by which time there was blue sky and twinkling ice in the trees — when dreary had turned to cheery. That will be a separate sketch.

If at first … try, try, try again.

Inspired by the deceptively simple and beautiful illustrations by Ian Sidaway in a wee book of recipes for root vegetables (Shown below), I pulled out a terracotta tapas dish and opted for lemons. Many lessons learned by tackling the subject repeatedly.