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I can never pass up on the opportunity to buy a cheap orchid when I’m at Ikea.

This time they had these miniature ones which are the perfect size for a still life painting.

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I was going for a more tonal approach with this set up…jury’s out on this one!

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Orchid, Horse and Butterfly © Claire Leggett

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In between rain showers I have picked around the edges of the garden finding the odd lovely flower here and there.

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One one flower on the candelabra Primula, only three ranunculus blooms that were uneaten by creatures and a couple of bluebells because I already know how hard they are to paint!

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I added some spots and stripes and it came together by itself.

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© Claire Leggett Ranunculus and Bluebells

This painting and all my others and more besides will be with me at Patchings Festival beginning this Thursday – if you’re on Flickr you can watch the festival progress here and if you are visiting do come and say hi.

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I have been immersed in painting these beauties recently – are you ready to join me in some more tulip love?

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These are my favourite so far, Spring Green bulbs from Sarah Raven.

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Add in some Liberty and a Ken Eardley vase and it’s got to be a winner no?

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I have also fallen back in love with those humble beauties Forget-me-nots – such a sweet little plant, so unassuming but beautifully delicate. Worth a closer look.

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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the making of this piece and bringing all the individual elements together. Hope it cheers your day a little 🙂

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© Claire Leggett   Spring Green

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It’s been a great year for tulips in the garden.

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I re-subscribed to a magazine and got some Sarah Raven bulbs as a freebie.

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And they have been beautiful – big, blowsy flowers – interesting colours and shapes. Apricot Beauty was the first to fully flower last week.

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It hurt A LOT to cut three of the nine stems to bring in and paint.

But here they are immortalised 🙂

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© Claire Leggett     Apricot Beauty

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I’ve been sloshing pink, purple, blue and red around in the lovely square of spring sunshine coming through the window.

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And I’d forgotten about dip pens (or nib pens or whatever you wanna call them)

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The light is failing now but here’s a camera pic anyway to show the finished thing.

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I am just back from a tres blustery walk in the woods with Lottie and ready to share a little sunshine here because it is just so crazy miserable out there today.

Here’s proof that the sun did shine for a moment yesterday – honest!

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These are close up’s of some bright, sunny flowers I’ve been painting for greetings cards – the kind you find where there is sunshine to grow them – remember sunshine? warmth? being able to walk along without fear of that creaking branch actually snapping off and falling on your head?!

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When I got back to my desk, my inbox sent me a little sunshine too, with news of a , an invite to apply for a craft fair and this quote from Good Reads :

Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be

 Abraham Lincoln

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Good advice Mr Lincoln – I am now ignoring the hail stones beating on the skylight window and going back to a happy, sunny painty place 🙂

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Back in September time I contacted a new-to-me gallery which is quite local in Henley-in-Arden called Torquil Pottery and The Gallery Upstairs.

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It is one of those quaint little Warwickshire villages with old red brick buildings and some Tudor black and whites.

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It’s always a bit nerve-racking doing a portfolio viewing for the first time and as all the pieces I took were framed it was quite a feat of packing and unpacking!

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The ladies who run this gallery are both artists themselves and run the gallery and host exhibitions showcasing other potters, painters and jewelers.

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I was delighted that they ear-marked nine pieces for this years winter show, which have now been delivered and are ready for the private view tomorrow.

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If you’re in the area come and say hello – and there’s a nice pub nearby too 😉

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Next door have a beautiful Briar Rose which hangs over into our garden.

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This year it is particularly beautiful, dripping with big clusters of flowers.

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I love the vibrant pink-red of the petals and how they pale by degrees into ballet-slipper pink.

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They are very satisfying for capturing in watercolours as they provide lots of opportunity to let colours bleed into one another.

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The peppering of stamens and pollen is the painting equivalent of popping a cherry on an iced cake.

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Yum!

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I think that this will be my last painting of this year.

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And what a way to go… I don’t know why painting an already dying cyclamen occured to me as a good idea.

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Nor why putting a pink cyclamen in front of a background pattern that’s the same colour would make for an easy time of painting.

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Boy was that pink-that’s-red-with-violet hard to mix and match.

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But the prints were fun to paint, especially the Liberty fabric.

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© Claire Leggett       Christmas Cyclamen

You can keep the rain and the cold – Autumn colours are the only thing to love about the season so far !

I saw these chrysanthemums at a grocers shop – or rather I should say that they saw me and shouted ‘Oi! Buy me, paint me!!’

I was helpless to refuse and very happy to comply. Am I the only one that can hear plants talking?

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