Thursday, May 31

MY GARDEN


Ink and watercolour in A6 Venezia sketchbook

“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose” ~ Kahlil Gibran

Me?...I am an optimist...There are no thorns on my rose!

I was elated to be able to enjoy the garden for a spell today after the incessant rain that has tormented each passing day. Everything, including the weeds, looked luscious and green against the blues and purples flowering in the beds below them. Thistles stood proud, claiming their spot in my absence, displaying their sharpness smugly as if to realise their victory. The damp ground beneath my feet played a melody upon the soles of my old suede friends and the sky, busy with birds and a valiant butterfly, carried the sweet smell of life.

28 comments:

Teri C said...

What a beautiful serene rose. The colors are so so pretty.

mociehocie said...

Your rose is terrific1 I love your relaxed style and vibrant colors!

Dave said...

I see this inspired the poet in you as well as the artist. Beautiful words and picture.

Serena said...

Beautiful sketch! I love the colours! You have a lovely way with words which always makes your blog such a pleasure to read, Anita.

juj said...

What a beautiful rose - the colors are so rich and saturated - just like after a long rain. As usual, I love your line work. My favorite part of looking at one of your drawings is being able to see those lines up close, they're just enchanting.

Jenny said...

Absolutely lovely. Beautiful colors and composition ... and words.

jill said...

beautiful picture! calmness of picture just makes it so enjoyable to look at!

Linda said...

This is wonderful! I love the warmth of the shadow on the rose itself against the cool background. Great work!

suzanne said...

Such great use of color here. Wow, the blues in the background really bring the rose forward, almost off the page. And such a lovely description of your garden. You make me feel as though I am there! Here's to being an optimist!

Joan said...

I love the ink and wash on these. It captures the simple lines and colors of the rose. What more could you want?

SCquiltaddict said...

lovely job!!

TJ said...

Anita, I'm so far behind - thanks for your kind comments on my blogspot.

I love your rose painting. And I love the smell of my garden after rain. Everything seems so replenished and fragrance abounds.

I so enjoy sharing your travels with your sketchbook.

Africantapestry said...

Such a beautiful post Anita - from your stunning rose to your poetic thoughts!A wonderful, positive inspiration! Thank you
Ronell

Anita said...

Thankyou Teri!

Anita said...

Thanx Mocie!

Anita said...

Thanx Dave, glad you enjoyed it!

Anita said...

Thankyou so much Serena!

Anita said...

Thankyou JUJ. I'm glad to hear you enjoy the enlarged versions.

Anita said...

Thanx Jenny!

Anita said...

Thankyou Jill. There is a certain calm after a rainspell, don't you think?

Anita said...

Thanks Linda!

Anita said...

Thankyou for your kind words Suzanne...Optimists have more fun...right?

Anita said...

Thanks alot Joan!

Anita said...

Thanks Margaret!

Anita said...

Thankyou TJ and you are welcome! :)

Anita said...

Thankyou so much Ronell, delighted you enjoyed this entry!

phthaloblu said...

I guess I really am an optimist then, because I never see the thorns. Gorgeous piece.

Anita said...

Good for you Phthalo...Thankyou!