Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April -- No Fooling

This weeks post is brought to you by the letter "S" and the colour "Green".

Spring has definitely arrived in this part of the world.

"April, April, laugh thy girlish laughter, then a moment after, weep thy girlish tears."
Sir William Watson

This is a painting I did last year for the Brock House Society calendar, it is called "The Best Seat in the Park" and is a typical spring day in Jericho Park with someone enjoying my favorite bench.
This painting is for sale, all funds go to Brock House Society, let me know if you are interested in buying it.
The new spring growth is a very special bright startling green and is Springing up everywhere!
Green, green, green!
I love the patterns in this root.

Flower God, God Of The Spring

FLOWER god, god of the spring, beautiful, bountiful,
Cold-dyed shield in the sky, lover of versicles,
Here I wander in April
Cold, grey-headed; and still to my
Heart, Spring comes with a bound, Spring the deliverer,
Spring, song-leader in woods, chorally resonant;
Spring, flower-planter in meadows,
Child-conductor in willowy
Fields deep dotted with bloom, daisies and crocuses:
Here that child from his heart drinks of eternity:
O child, happy are children!
She still smiles on their innocence,
She, dear mother in God, fostering violets,
Fills earth full of her scents, voices and violins:
Thus one cunning in music
Wakes old chords in the memory:
Thus fair earth in the Spring leads her performances.
One more touch of the bow, smell of the virginal
Green - one more, and my bosom
Feels new life with an ecstasy.  
The birds are busy too, pairing up, a spring in their step.
These Widgeons in step.       

Golden crowned sparrows I think.
And a lone Great Blue Heron fishing in the shallow water.
Spring Song
by Robert Louis Stevenson
THE air was full of sun and birds,
The fresh air sparkled clearly.
Remembrance wakened in my heart
And I knew I loved her dearly.

The fallows and the leafless trees
And all my spirit tingled.
My earliest thought of love, and Spring's
First puff of perfume mingled.

In my still heart the thoughts awoke,
Came lone by lone together -
Say, birds and Sun and Spring, is Love
A mere affair of weather?

And with Easter just around the corner I thought some rabbits would be appreciated.
There were dark chocolate, milk chocolate and even white chocolate rabbits at the park.
These rabbits were stretched out, relaxing.

 Some were eating.
This one looked exhausted.
She seemed to be watching over this little brood of babies:

Please forgive me for including so many, these bunnies were small and so cute. My favorite is the grey one with the black nose. There were at least six of the little ones.

A few more plants, from my garden, beautiful greens, beautiful spring. 


Lots of paint being splashed around here this week. First of all I took a better picture of this one from last week so her is "Ready and Waiting: again:

Here are two new ones. First "Donkey Trio":
and second "High and Dry":

All are watercolours. The "Donkey Trio" is inspired by a photograph I took in southern France a few years ago. The "High and Dry" is from a photograph that I took when I was on Gabriola Island a couple of years ago.

That's my first post for April, no fooling.

Until next time...

Thank you for all your kind comments on my last post.
Thanks for stopping by,
happy Whimsy Wednesday,


  1. Hello Gillian, your paintings are all lovely.. The donkeys are cute..and I love the canoes waiting..Wonderful variety of birds and blooms, the Golden Crowned is pretty..I love the Spring Song poem. The bunnies are just adorable, perfect for an Easter post. Great post, enjoy the day and rest of the week. Happy Easter!

  2. thanks for stopping by my blog. your first painting is so beautiful . and I love ALL the bunnies and the ducks. I am a donkey lover, so your painting of that is my favorite....

  3. oh how i enjoyed seeing that first painting again. all of your work is really beautiful, i also really love the other row boat picture!!

    cute bunnies, with a different shape than i am use too and the ducks also, so beautiful!!!!!!

  4. really love your bench in the park painting! lots of fresh green, here. loved the bunnies!!!

  5. I am in love with your bunnies, and your paintings are superb Gillian.

  6. Love the bunnies and bird shots! Absolutely love all your paintings you posted today.

  7. Wonderful spring shots. I love seeing the flowers and animals as well as your art.

  8. Lovely paintings! And so many cute critters.

  9. Your absolute ability to paint what you see and turn it into a thing of beauty is always wonderful to see on your blog. Wishing you a Happy Easter.


  10. Green is an especially beautiful colour this time of year. :)

  11. Thank you for sharing spring with those of us who have to wait much longer for all those delightful pictures. It really is amazing to see so many lovely things in one post. Your paintings are so interesting. Happy Easter Gillian!

  12. Nice set of pictures - of course its not spring everywhere in the world!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne