Flowers for a Winter Day

Primroses remind me of my stepmother, since they are one of her favorite flowers.  I think the first picture I gave her was of primroses.  We were living overseas at the time and I drew and drew with colored pencils on the airplane and had them ready (6 hours later) when I arrived at her house.

Yellow Primroses
Winter Sunshine, watercolor, 7″ x 5″

I bought several plants this year and they sit on the kitchen windowsill and are a bright spot of sunshine on gloomy rainy days like today.

What brightens your winter days?

Nature Hike: Fruits

The World Watercolor Group prompt for today is fruits.  My first thought was “apples and bananas?” but we have the monthly theme of “Let’s Go on a Nature Hike” and I don’t usually see these fruits on nature hikes, unless I have brought them with me.  So, what kinds of fruits would I see?  And what could I get so that I would have an example of what to paint?

Rose Hips
Rose Hips, watercolor, 5″ x 7″

Rose Hips!  So I went out to the rose bush and found these, dried out and frost bitten, but still recognizable as fruits I might find on a hike.

Jingle Bells

Doodlewash has issued a watercolor painting challenge for the month of December.  Today’s prompt is “Bells” so here are some jingle bells that have been in my button box for many years.  Their little “tink-tink” sounds brought back many memories of my children playing with them.  And my daughter, who was very quiet, wore them on her shoes so that I could find her when she was walking around!

Jingle Bells
Jingle Bells, watercolor, 6″ x 6″