Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spring Beauty and Bloodroot

Hooray for woodland wildflowers! I have long associations with these flowers which have brought so much joy to me over many years. This is a watercolor I finished last week, but started while perched on a very steep hillside in the Smoky Mountains last spring. I feel very lucky to do work that requires spending hours outdoors in close observation of beauty, weather and light. The work comes with the musty sweet smell of leaf litter and the feel of breeze on skin and sun on clothing. Also enormous stiffness from balancing against the slope and keeping the work stable on my knees for some hours! Finishing this painting made me want to do some companion watercolors of more spring wildflowers. Today while out walking on the road I spotted Hepatica and Wake Robin growing above the ditches. Hoping to see lots more this weekend.

I will be having an Open Studio here in Lincoln VT if you want to come see this painting and others in person for yourself. It's part of Open Studio Weekend, May 28 and 29 from 10AM to 5PM both days. There will be yellow signs along the roads to direct you both to my place in Lincoln and to potter Judith Bryant's studio also in Lincoln. I am looking forward to having visitors!


  1. I found you via the Open Studios link. This is such a lovely painting. And I love how you describe yourself as living on "the spine of the Green Mountains"...

    We are headed to our beloved spot in VT for the weekend...maybe we'll pop by.

  2. Karen, thanks for your comments. Did you make it to open studios? Did I meet you? If not, feel free to get in touch next time you're in Vermont to visit my studio. Contact me through the website.