The artistic and creative musings of Gillian Olson who sells cards and prints through her PS Whimsy website. Gargoyles, whimsical architectural details, natures varied wonders, pets and local produce are featured using pencil, ink, conte and watercolour. In my weekly "Whimsy Wednesday" Behind the Brush post I will feature photographs, sketches and paintings, and give background on images, include local interest stories and highlight local ingredients.
Last week's snow ended with a power outage here, sure makes one appreciate the light and heat that we usually take for granted.
So days of grey skies gave way to sunshine and all that is left is the melt.
A thin coating of snow is still on the trees, nestled in the rushes and on the bridge over the pond.
Still a few traces of snowmen.
There is still a coating of sludgy snow on the pond but the blue of the sky is still evident in the reflections.
The ducks have "cleared" pathways through the water.
There is a fresh coating of snow on the local mountains too, but after all that is where the snow should be.
Since I took these pictures it has snowed again, and again, and almost vanished. Usually the snow has fallen on the weekends minimizing traffic woes.
Pretty while it lasts as long as it does not stay too long. We are more used to rain than snow here, and that does not need shovelling!
Here is one new painting, it is finished or almost finished. I have not decided what to call it yet but it is a watercolour on paper. This was inspired by a photograph that a friend Robert took. Here is his website: www.alifeintheday.ca
Thank you for stopping by, I am always interested in your thoughts, happy Wednesday.
I will likely be absent for a week or two because I am scheduled to have surgery next week. I will be back as soon as I am able,
Last week it looked so like spring but this week it is snowing; but it is heavy wet snow and dropping not flaking. I didn't take the good camera out with me in the wet weather so apologize as the pictures are not quite up to my standard.
The star of the show last week was looking much the worse for wear after a day and a half of the soggy stuff.
The snowdrops were drooping under the wet snow, but will certainly rebound once it is finished.
Snow drops that fall on my nose and eyelashes? What about on hare, actually a rabbit.
Berries and "hips" with a coat of snow:
I thought these looked almost abstract:
.. and down on the beach this shell nestled in the snow near the tide line.
And now for something quite different. It is a watercolour painting on Aquabord (a board with a clay surface that accepts watercolours. I have never used this before, an advantage is that it can be fixed and varnished so that it does not have to go under glass.
Sometimes I see something that just begs to be painted, the following scene is one such. The shells were caught in a battered piece of driftwood that was washed up by a storm and lit up by the bright late afternoon sunshine. It is a watercolour that I call "Catch of the Day":
That's my Whimsy for this week, thanks for dropping by,