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.


purple-brown flower

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

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

big yellow flower

the proportions are all wrong on this flower. i still like it.

two sunflowers with blue centers

what’s that you say? my picture’s crooked? no, it’s not.

i believe that’s what’s called plausible deniability.

i┬áhave been remiss in posting a picture a day. i’ll try to catch up.

yellow flower with tiled frame