Thursday, April 19, 2007

Walk Three Hundred and Fifty-Seven – And again

While they’re looking so lovely I might as well keep trying to capture them. The other thing that I like so much about painting bluebells plein aire is the sweet smell. Makes me think that painting lavender fields must be another memorable painting experience. Thinking about smells, reminds me that the smell I really, really miss is frangipani flowers. And nobody seems to have bottled it effectively, but there’s a tiny spot in my brain that can recall it from my childhood in Fiji.

155mm x 235mm watercolour on Arches CP


Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Your last three paintings are super - what a colourful place to live - now that it is springtime for you.
I laughed about your golf course comments re a picture below - my man doesn't wear funny pants at golf and the greens are not green! He usually wears khaki shorts to show of his brown legs!
Do you remember Deuba, Julie? There's a golf course there now plus lots of villas and development. Well, my youngest son plants his kumala and cassava in a quiet spot in the golf course and six months later pulls it up to feed the family and relatives in Suva!
Another bit about golf - Vijay Singh, the famous 'Fijian' golfer has pulled out of his commitment to name a golf course after him because of some spat with developers and the Fiji Interim Government. I don't think he was actually putting money into it anyway.

9:37 pm  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Re frangipani perfume. There are many bottles of coconut oil, skin lotion, etc. with the frangipani added these days.

9:38 pm  
Blogger mARTa said...

Oh this is just lovely! I love the intensity of the colors and I just want to crawl into the mass of blooms!

10:41 pm  
Blogger Penny said...

I agree with Marta.

1:04 am  
Blogger caseytoussaint said...

This is very well done... I really admire you - I find this kind of scene so difficult to portray. Beautiful.

12:30 pm  
Blogger Lynn said...

Wow, that's beautiful. I love the intensity of the colors.

7:53 pm  
Blogger Sandy said...

Absolutely magical!! I agree about the lavender experience, at least I can dream.

8:48 pm  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Wendy - it just doesn't smell the same as the real thing.
Penny, marta, lynn and sandy thanks very much. Casey I know how you feel, but after the last year I feel so much more prepared to have a go.

9:58 pm  
Blogger Kristin said...

I love, love love this picture of the bluebells. I've been noticing the bluebells here (Iowa City, Iowa) are especially lovely this spring.

12:20 am  
Anonymous maryB said...

Bluebell woods--how lovely.
I brought my M-I-L's ashes home to the UK and scattered them in a bluebell woods. The fragrance reminds me of hyacinth's, so amazingly comforting now. Your little paintings capture that feeling of light and shadow and color and towering height.

9:08 pm  

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