Damask and Daffodils

Hello, my friends! Spring is so very close, isn’t it? Here is a peek into what’s going on in my studio. The weather hasn’t been too inviting, some sunny days but also coolness and gray rain – fortunately the light is reaching further toward the equinox and there is lovely softness coming through the windows.

So scattering some spring color your way to brighten your week.

Narcissus ‘White Tete a Tete

Once again you’ve overwhelmed me with your gracious and enthusiastic comments on the ranunculus post. Thank you very much. And delightful to see quite a few new visitors from around the world – so lovely to hear from you!
And in the garden, the robins are singing, the chickadees are chattering and soon I’ll be rising before daylight again to begin obsessively recording it all. What joy! And what a pity we have to sleep at all in spring and summer.
A most beautiful week to each of you.
– g

Ranunculus Studies

We never tire of rancunculus, do we? I’ve been working with some textures and digital papers I made a few years ago – some destined for prints, some for cards. A secret to better depth in the image is many layers used strategically to enhance, not just mask the image. I’ll cover some tips on this in the upcoming tutorial(s).

(A little message to D who is in Europe at a client’s. He reads my blog now so we all have to behave.)

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your comments on the last post and welcome to new followers. Really, I was so pleased that you enjoyed the botanicals. (I almost didn’t post them as I thought the Latin might not be of interest but now you will get more! :) )

I’ve experienced some incredible artists this week. Do visit Thorsten Becker and let him weave the tale of Wind’s Little Sister.
Wishing you a beautiful week! Oh, and Spring, we are ready for you – with bells on!

Botany Lesson


Trillium erectum
Trillium, Wake Robin

Dicentra formosa
Pacific Bleeding Heart

Hycinthanoides hispanica
Spanish Bluebell

Matteuccia struthiopteris
Ostrich Fern
Convallaria majelis
Lily of the Valley

Syringa vulgaris

Dicentra spectabilis
Bleeding Heart

Plants are endlessly fascinating. I’ve collected botanical prints for many years and love the current resurgence in interest in them. I marvel at those long ago artists who feverishly drew exquisite renderings of live specimens before they withered. And so, let’s conjure spring with a little Latin invocation of some of her best offerings!

(Thank you all for your visits and lovely comments on the Valentine’s roses. I’m working on a tutorial which I’m planning to be in video format. Question: do any of you use Lightroom or Photoshop or Elements? )
Wishing you a beauty-filled week!
xo – g
(all plants from our garden, taken in previous years)

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