The artistic and creative musings of Gillian Olson who sells cards and prints through her PS Whimsy website and displays art on Gillian Olson Art website. The weekly "Whimsy Wednesday" Behind the Brush post will feature photographs, sketches and paintings, and give you a peek into what is happening in her studio.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Spring blooms already
It has been very mild here recently and spring blooms are appearing earlier than usual.
We set a record of sorts on the weekend when we cut our lawn for the first time (February!) this year; that seems to be about a month early.
Feast your eyes of these early cherry blossoms:
Not just a blossom here and there, but entire trees and rows of trees.
Crocuses and Snow Drops are also blooming in abundance:
Forsythia is welcome for it's colour and fragrance.
Hellebores in many colours:
A few daffodils are blooming and still more are ready to burst into flower.
I love the "furry" buds of the magnolia:
One of my Camellia bushes is in bloom too.
Oregon Grape bushes are ready to bloom:
I can't remember what this one is called:
A robin taking advantage of early mild weather:
Of course the weeds are growing well too! There is a bee in the bottom left of the first picture.
I don't know the name of the plant above, I like it, but it is a pest when it gets in a lawn.
Below, well you know.
I hope Spring is here, can all these plants and the birds and bees be wrong?
I hope not, but I am not holding my breath.
The squirrel below had found a treat and settled safely behind some branches, not sure he realized I could see him quite well still.
This one was in the park; we are not happy with squirrels at our house since one or two of them chewed the lights off several strings of our Christmas lights! Seriously.
I have a couple of new paintings for you too.
I have been trying something new, painting watercolour on stretched paper and then varnishing it so that it does not need to be placed under glass.
The first is "White Hellebore":
The second "Early Clematis", below, is already in a frame:
Both paintings are watercolours, what do you think?
I also finished a painting of Gastown for the Vancouver section of my PS Whimsy website. It is ink and watercolour: