I have been busy working on a few paintings. Still working on the cherries but I did complete this small study of northern wild flowers in pen & ink and watercolour. Of course there is still about 4 feet of snow here. It usually starts to melt in April. So it will be a while until I can go out gathering flowers to bring home to paint. I used some photographs to paint this little group, even though I was not able to go into nature to gather these ones I still like to paint a group of flowers that are from a similar habitat. Starting on the left the yellow flower is Arnica, which is a very widely used medicinal plant. In the middle is Pink Wintergreen, called "winter-green" because it is one of the only brave little souls that keeps it's green leaves all year round even when it is buried deep beneath the snow. And the flower on the right is a purple Marsh Violet. I always get so excited when the violets come out in May here. They are one of the first wild flowers to bloom. Other common violets around here are the yellow Stream Violet and the Early Northern Violet.
Anyway I like to sneak in a few flower paintings in the winter while I am waiting with baited breathe for spring to arrive. Right now it is -10 degrees outside, not too cold. However currently the furnace is out thus I have had no heat in the house since yesterday. And believe it or not there was a bad accident on the highway on Friday that knocked out an important telephone pole. So now there is no cell phone service in town. No heat, no phone, I might as well be homesteading.
I am sitting here in my wool coat at the computer hoping my landlord got my message I left for him via the public phone at the Rec-center. I guess I should really get a home phone line, I never thought there would be no cell service for 3 plus days. Originally the internet was knocked out too, but luckily by some miracle it is working now too.
Oh well nothing to do but wait for all this to get fixed, so might as well keep on painting. I think I might create a greeting card design out of this painting. If so I will list it in my Etsy shop.
Do you keep track of the wild flowers in your local area? If so what types are the first to bloom in the spring?