Friday, 11 February 2011


My lovely neighbours brought me in a basket of six hyacinth bulbs for my birthday and now a week later they have grown into the most beautiful looking and smelling blooms. So on Thursday I painted them in watercolour when my ladies came round for an afternoon session of painting together.

Here is the watercolour afternoon effort:

Inspired by Penny creating a lovely work in pastel pencils, I created a study in watercolour pencils in my garden flower sketchbook when they left. Then this evening I decided to spend time doing another study in Inktense pencils to see how different they would turn out.

Here is the double spread: (which can be enlarged sepately)


Christiane Kingsley said...

Happy belated birthday, Joan! All three versions of the hyacinths are lovely!

Sue Pownall (aka travelingsuep) said...

These are all lovely Joan, but I think I prefer the 2 botanical illustrations in pencil.

Barb Sailor said...

These are of my favorite flowers. It was interesting to see the difference between the inktense and regular watercolor pencils. I don't have inktense pencils yet.

Margaret Ann said...

OOOOH YES! Happiest of belated birthday wishes from here in the desert of Arizona to you! Isn't it absolutely divine to see colorful spring flowers...what a delightful breath of fresh air!

These paintings are lovely...I envy all your lady friends who gather together with you to paint...what joy you must all feel! :)

Thanks for all your lovely comments...they make my Muse smile. :) I wish someday we could have a painting session together...and chat the entire afternoon away...Ahhh what fun that would be! :)