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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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Valentines Day aside, we all need a reminder of this. xxx

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Some pink, some yellow, tulips in sight, paint and sunshine.

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It’s a recipe for a happy hour or two.

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“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” ~ Abraham Maslow

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That’s where I’m at.

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This painting has slipped through my blogging net!

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I have forgotten to show you this orange posy of garden flowers collected and painted when summer was at its height.

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I grew Marigold’s for the first time this year and I’m undecided about them – they look gorgeous, giving a pop of colour to the garden but they smell weird and die quickly once picked for the house.

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Nasturtiums are a favourite to paint and grow. Grey, orange and pink are my current colour crushes. Throw in an Anthropologie mug and a genuine vintage sheet (from my childhood bed no less ! ) and I hope the result is a happy and bright painting.

Orange Posy  © Claire Leggett

Orange Posy © Claire Leggett

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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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Following a walk down the garden to admire the blooms (and ignore the weeds) I came back with a little clutch of pink flowers to paint.

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Trailing Geranium, Cosmos, Crazy Daisy, Briar Rose and Sweet William. The result is a quick little painting proving that there is no such thing as one shade of pink!

A little Pot of Pink  © Claire Leggett

A Little Pot of Pink © Claire Leggett

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I am not tiring yet of petite teacups and little biscuits. I think this marvellous weather is inspiring the idea of a little refreshing tea and biscuit taken in the afternoon sun – cake is for winter, but macaroons and petit fours are for summer. All I need now to complete the picture is a white linen two piece, a parasol and a butler.

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This Wedgwood cup was a gift to me for Valentines day this year –  bought to remind me of my luberly husband as this green is his favourite green. Hence the name “Ollie’s favourite cup.”

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It proved to be a hard colour to find coordinating fabrics for – it’s not quite lime or pale green – all the fabrics were from old ranges of Heather Bailey left over from my first quilt. I love painting patterns from fabric designs as not only is it pretty but it’s like a study into deconstructing a good design at the same time.

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The biscuits are that classic Foxes Party Rings, not quite the quintessential Victorian parlour biscuit but pretty yummy all the same – whether that’s fresh from the box or after 7 hours exposure to the air whilst posing. I call it tidying up thoroughly!

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© Claire Leggett “Ollie’s Cup”

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Another day… another macaroon and another gorgeous teacup.

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This one is a Wedgwood gift from last Christmas. The stripy fabric belongs to my old pyjama’s – what a mix of posh and pauper!

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I’m really enjoying these small square paintings (about 6″ x 6″) there’s something satisfying about square paintings – there must be an aesthetic/ mathematical theory about it somewhere.

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© Coffee Macaroon     Claire Leggett

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I did promise you last Wednesday that I would show you my ‘proper’ anemone painting, so being a woman of my word here is the still life that I set up and have been painting for the last three days.

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I really like putting together a mix of stripes, florals and pattern, and keeping it all blue and white helps tone down the contrast.

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One of my favourite parts of doing a painting is the fun that follows the hard work – I worked hard at getting the under painting on the teacup just right tonally – then it was fun to layer on the pattern and watch the whole thing jump to life.

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I braved the weather conditions this weekend to fight fallen leaves into the garden refuse bin.

One down side of living opposite a wood is the constant fall of leaves at this time of year. Our back garden has looked like a natural disaster took place with the sudden drop of leaves. And out the front, every time the front door is opened a small pile of leaves blows in.

 

Anyhow they are beautiful and it won’t last forever and the biggest bonus is being able to watch the trees change colour and shape from the warm comfort of my bed which overlooks the woods opposite.

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