A glimpse of springPosted: March 17, 2020
I had a little taste of spring last week when I was teaching in South Carolina. Unlike Montreal where it’s still evenly grey outside, there are flowers blooming and green buds popping out on trees.
For our lesson in sketching flowers, one of my participants cut some azaleas from her garden. It’s too cold to grow these where I live, but in the south they are everywhere. I sketched these outrageous beauties in a Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook, which has thinner paper than the Beta book I’ve used in the past. I like the way it takes the paint, almost like a thin hot press paper.
I also couldn’t resist painting a tiny thimbleful of violets on the table in front of me. Like Bleeding Hearts and Lilies of the Valley, they say spring to me like no other flowers.
While I was there, I also had a chance to exhibit some of my recent watercolours at an evening reception. I brought along a selection of half and quarter sheets, painted on location in Florida, Montreal, France and Cape Ann, as well as a few paintings inspired by recent travels to Mexico and Sun Valley. I was happy to have a chance to talk to people about my work, and honoured that quite a few of these will be gracing the walls of local residents.