by jane simpson


Big Flower, Little Dog

Sorry about the quality of this photo. Life has been complicated enough lately that the simple act of posting this picture is a great accomplishment.

Having felt rather uninspired lately, I took a trip to a local art store. Yummy. I should do that more often! They were having a sale on full sheets of 140 lb. Arches cold press — pretty much my all-time favorite paper. I snatched up 20 sheets and plan to go back for more.

I’ve been using cheap paper so long, I forgot how nice it is to paint using the real thing.

And since I got such a nice deal on full sheets, I decided to start using them. In full. No more tearing them into halfs or fourths. No guilt!

I also got myself a little art table that tilts. Good thing, I really didn’t have any good place to paint on these big sheets.

Anyway, here’s my first effort.

watercolor flower, Arches cold press, 140 lb, full sheet (22" x 30")

The dog is there mainly to show the scale of the painting.


so much for a watercolor a day

A watercolor a day? What happened?

Maybe I need to retitle the blog.

  • A watercolor whenever I damn well feel like it and not a day before
  • A watercolor a day for a month and then go away
  • A bunch of watercolors from a finite burst of creative energy

To be fair, I have been struggling with real life. I’m getting the joy back.

For the first time in months, the paint and paper beckon to me. I think I can feel in colors again.

Wish me luck.

purple-brown flower

no, i don’t know why this flower is sitting in front of a venetian blind-ed window

pastel daisy-like flower in red and orange

my husband tells me that this picture is on a whole nother level from the rest of them, and if i add it, it will make the other pictures pout and feel self-conscious

i can live with that


knock, knock         who’s there?
flower                      flower who?
happy pink flower

knock knock         who’s there?
flower                     flower who?
peachy framed flower

knock knock         who’s there?
flower                    flower who?
blue framed flower on green

knock knock        who’s there?
orange                  orange who?
orange you glad I didn’t say flower?

two blue flowers

i have dozens of pictures of two round-ish flowers next to each other

maybe i’m making up for being a late bloomer

pun intended

sunflower against magenta

when somebody says this is where the magic happens — it’s a pretty good bet there is no magic and nothing is happening there