Friday, 19 July 2013

Painted Garden

Last week I had lunch with good friends at Virginia's house....she is an artist and I was longing to see what she has been working on, fancy a sneak peak? 
...we sat in her amazing garden amongst the roses and the bumble bees...a riot of scent and colour...we babbled and talked and mused...ate and drank and babbled...and then she showed us her watercolour sketches for new canvases...a joyous riot of flowers, pattern and colour... we swooned...
...later, I was reflecting on all the luminous colours, layered, sheer watercolours and remembered this poem that always makes me smile and think of Virginia...

I have discovered a new order to the spectrum

It goes like this: henna marigold saffron aloe
lapis indigo orchid. Here I am an outlaw
an adventurer striding toward the outer reaches of awe
the edges of every colour. I wring out
each shade until laughing I invent new ones.

You can see more of Virginia's work here
I will post more of this lovely poem about colour next time. I found it a few years back in an Anthropologie catalogue, I have no idea who the author is and a Google search has proved fruitless, if you happen to know I would be thrilled if you would update me.
Until then...Test Match Special awaits...


  1. Such beautiful watercolours, and I love the fluidity, the colours and subject matter! Beautiful!

  2. Anonymous19 July, 2013

    I love those watercolours, and such inspiration from the beautiful garden x

  3. What amazing work, so bright and fun.

  4. beautiful work - and lovely photos as always.
    Test match special? what?!!
    happy weekend
    fee x

  5. So beautiful, you could never be bored with looking at something as gorgeous as that.
    Lisa x

  6. Hi your friend is very talented. It's so nice to have like minded friends and enjoy creativity together :)

  7. Your friends work looks beautiful! Happy weekend,


  8. Those sketches are just joyous ... what a wonderful gift your friend has!

  9. Gorgeous paintings..and I love that jug!!


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