Cosmos flowers

These are sun-loving plants with a long flowering season. Thank God for that!

In this series, I used a Photoshop special effect that makes the colors more vibrant.

I love their thin transparent petals that come alive and twirl in the wind. Beautiful!

Hosta

This beautiful perennial plant produces numerous broad lanceolate or ovate leaves. It comes in many sizes, heights, textures, and colors.

While usually grown for ornamental purposes, all species of hosta are edible, and are grown as vegetables in some Asian cultures. However, they may be toxic to dogs, cats, and horses if consumed in large quantities.

It is the most popular perennial in America because it is extremely easy to maintain and propagate.

It produces flowers on long stems in late spring or summer, but for me the foliage is the main attraction. 

Never too much green nor greenery – love it!

Minimalism

I am a minimalist.

To feel good, I need to live in a simple setting. To be productive, I need a clutter-free space. As I get older, I simplify my life – the less things, the better. It’s liberating!

Out my window, I need to see a lot of greenery. In my living space, I like neutral colors with some gold and silver touches – and plants, of course.

But in my artwork, I love bold colors, like this flower detail. The brighter, the better.

These products are available in my shops at Society6 or at Curioos.

More to come!

The coldest day

The month of January was extremely cold this year here in Montreal, Canada.

On the coldest day it was about -27 degres Celsius without wind chill. My walk that morning was magical but the picture taking without my gloves for a minute or two reminded me how cold it was.

At the Rivière-des-Prairies hydroelectric station, a whole lot of fog and frost – magical!

Even if winter can be very cold in Canada, I wouldn’t do without. More cold weather coming our way in the next days, but not as cold. I hope!

Natural work of art

A single leaf or several overlapping ones – a simple enough subject.

Yet when you look closely, zoom in, a work of art!

And the backlight from the setting sun brings out every detail – the veins, the serrated outlines…

Some you can see through, some out of focus, and the ones in focus become the star.

But now it is winter, and I can’t wait for next Spring!

Colored shadows

More experimentation with shadows.

This time I chose to draw the shadows of my plants in green and not simply in black or grey as in my previous posts (Shadows & Shadows bis). I wanted the greenery outside my home to continue inside on my wall.

A compressed color stick gives a smooth finish to the left drawing, and a dry Inktense stick gives a textured finish with apparent strokes to the right one.

Because of their format (18″x24″) I had to photograph them instead of scan them. Thus, it required that I make adjustments with Photoshop to adjust the contrast. The actual green is greener and the white is whiter, but it gives you an idea of the result.

I find shadows to be as interesting as the subject they come from.

Abundance

One of the most beautiful time of the year comes around the end of August-beginning of September. It is when most plants and trees have grown to their full potential – lots of fruits, flowers and colors.

Here, in Canada, Fall has come and the flamboyant yellows, oranges and reds are slowly changing the scenery. I hope to share that with you in a next post.

I could not live without the four seasons. Incredible nature!

Black-crowned night-heron

In my immediate environment, along the Rivière-des-Prairies in Montréal (Canada), there are a lot of migrating birds that come to breed.

Last spring I witnessed a lot of fascinating courting dances and moves of the mallard and the wood duck.

For the first time last year I saw an adult black-crowned night-heron (see My winged neighbors), and this year I was lucky enough to see a juvenile one late afternoon as the sun was setting.

This year I was also lucky enough to see a bunch of freshly out of their shells Canada goose in mid-june, and a few weeks later a nursery of about 25-30 goslings with 4 adults – that was a lot fun!

I can’t wait to witness the courting season again next year and I intend to have my camera ready.