The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

What’s Blooming


Another month of scrounging for blooms … this crown of thorns is just beginning to bloom.

This rosemary is blooming (and dusty – eek – but sort of appropriate to be dusting off blooms this time of year).

This shamrock is still blooming like spring is here. The shot is a little blurred but I sort of like it. The flowers are on such delicate whisps of stems that they dance in the slightest poof of air.

Hmmm, hardly worth your visit here … winter is when I paint the most. Watercolor blooms open up when the surface of the paper is wet and dry, or in varying degrees of wetness. The paint is naturally drawn to the drier parts of the paper. Some think of watercolor blooms as a mistake, but I like them. I think they reveal the very nature of watercolor and I believe them to enhance paintings, just as blooms enhance the garden.

I truly want to be able to sit in my garden and paint, and this summer I am going to make a go at it. I have been practicing painting flowers but find them a very difficult subject! I am not really happy with my paintings so far, but you stopped by here to see blooms and that is what I am going to offer.

Hopefully you will see my paintings of flowers improve this summer! Garden bloggers’ bloom day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens the 15th of each month. Stop by and add your blog to the list – it’s blooming somewhere.


Author: Kathy Sturr

Cultivating art, growing soul, and creating plant-based food in the beautiful 1000 Islands, New York and Cedar Key, Old Florida.

13 thoughts on “What’s Blooming

  1. You flower paintings are very lovely and a nice change of pace for GBBD. As a WNY gardener and painter/illustrator (mostly and was my previous profession before architecture) I really liked your blooms. A very nice and colorful post.

  2. Your paintings are beautiful and so rich in detail and color. An excellent addition to GBBD! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks to winter, we can see your paintings! Cheerful and uplifting! Blooming rosemary? Incredible!

  4. alohayou have a wonderful watercolor pieces – its nice to spend some time with your other creative side which i also do with my drawing and photographyhave a great weekend

  5. I havent bothered with GBBD as there is nothing expect a viola! I think small white flowers are very hard to photograph. Love your pics by the way

  6. You are a very talented painter! I hope you do get to paint in your garden a lot this summer.

  7. No blooms outside with deep snow cover, and none inside either, but I really enjoyed seeing your creative contribution to GBBD.

  8. Wow! Your paintings are amazing! You've inspired me to start painting this year – I used to paint when I was younger but never make time for it anymore.

  9. Kathy,It seems that winter inspires many of us to seek color and blooms in alternate ways. I have been working with pastels, and love them for their vibrant color. Your watercolors are beautiful, and I hope that you will share more of them.

  10. Your watercolor blooms are very beautiful and a refreshing sight for me. We are having another cold, dreary day! I especially like your second painting, the one of tulips. Gorgeous!

  11. Lovely watercolours, I especially like the second and fourth.

  12. Wow! I think your watercolor blooms — both the abstracts and the representational flower paintings — are just gorgeous. I especially love the blue and yellow abstract (naturally!) and the tulips. -Jean

  13. You are all too kind! But I am so glad you enjoyed the "blooms." Thank you so much. I hope that you will enjoy my paintings as they mature just as my gardens.

Thank you for joining me in the making of my garden!

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