Tulips to save the day

  I find March is a difficult month for me as I looking forward for the spring arrival  however  the temperature outside remind me winter still in charge. This Monday, I woke up to another grey day and the sun … Continue reading

Valentine bouquet

When I was in art school I used to work part time in a flower shop. The tiny shop was in a big hotel owned by a friend, I used to work on Fridays. Most of the customers were guests from the hotel and people work nearby. During the year we were not super busy but Valentine was anther story.

We had so much orders for Valentine my friend would got her family and friends to help out. We had so much flowers with no room to keep them, she had to book a hotel room to keep some of the arrangements and also for us to rest during our long working hours.

it was working at that little flower shop how my interest of plants and flowers started. During the slow time of the day I would read books on plants care and adding more more and indoor plants for my apartment

Every February I would think of the time I worked at that flower shop how we prepare for the Valentine week and all those beautiful bouquets we carefully packed for the cold winter.

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Valentine bouquet, watercolor 14"x12"

Valentine bouquet, watercolor 14″x12″

 

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“On the watch”, watercolor painting

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I finally finished this painting “on the watch” a week ago but somehow forgotten to post it here. I posted it on my facebook page and got many likes and comments, one even suggested to make into a puzzles!

here is the finished version, watercolor on 140lb cold press Fabriano paper, 14″x12″

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work in progress

My neighbour has this black and white cat often comes over to our gardens. One of his favorite spots is our tomato patch. In the afternoon when the sun is the hottest he would enjoys the shades provide by the … Continue reading

Christmas painting with color of the year 2017

One of the art supply stores was having  a 30% sale a couple of weeks before Christmas. I decided to take advantage the sale and ordered some Daniel Smith watercolors online. Although it took days to arrive but I was … Continue reading

Dream of Christmas shipping

Last week I sold a painting to a buyer through Artfinder . I sent it out using Xpresspost from Canada post and it turned out the expected arrival date was December 24. Usually I insurance my painting for the full … Continue reading

A painting a day #30 “center of attraction”

It is a bitterly cold winter day here which made me think of the spring tulips. it will be at least six more months to  the tulips in my garden  I painted this watercolor to cheer myself up. Hope you … Continue reading

A painting a day #29 “Tulip festival”

  The tulip festival in Ottawa attracts many flower lovers from all over.  Although I been to Ottawa many times but never when the festival was on. Only a few years ago, I was lucky to catch it. Everywhere there … Continue reading

a painting a day #28 “spring magnolia”

I love the magnolia flower, for me they are the sign of spring arrival.  During the spring the trees are covered with the large blossoms, some of the older trees often reached to over 20 feet. it was the sky covered with the white and pink blossoms.

original transparent watercolor on 140 lb Arches rough paper, 10″x8″

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painting on hand made flower paper

While working at the “One of a kind show” I found one booth ” Hazeltree press & paper”  selling  hand-made paper made with actual flowers. When I was in art school, I took classes in paper making so I understood … Continue reading