Having lived most of my l;ife in South Africa, my birthday month was the hottest month of the year with with bougainvillea filled garden, patio birthday parties, swimming in the sea etc. Now that I live here, it is more of a slow progression of seasons. We move through the colour spectrum – white (snow and snowdrops) yellow (daffs & crocusses) Blues, (bluebells, crocusses, violets) and then we burst into colour in summer. But at first, it’s a gentle change.
There is not really much of a Spring in South Africa as it only lasts about a week! But if you love flowers the wild flowers on the Cape West Coast are spectacular, and well worth a trip in August.
I am currently excited about shadows and reflections and so here we are again with Snowdrops as the subject, this time as one of my daily oil paintngs.
No painting ever tells the full story – it is always an edited visual delight. In the watercolour (see cards) we have a stylised version of a drift of snowdrops, where the overall sense is of butteflies, and here we have a study of snowdrops where there is a self-conscious arrangement in one of my lovely blue bottles. I enjoyed the impasto white petals at the very end of the painting. (This little daily painting has already been snapped up on the Silent Auction)
I hope you are enjoying Spring. I don’t think the weather has improved, but the daffs, bluebells and snowdrops are fab, and I am loving having more daylight (to paint in of course!)