I am happy to wake up and see the blue sky and sunshine in Colorado. The last few days have been below zero and snowy….very inhospitable. It’s already ten degrees, so all’s well with the world. These “vintage” looking mums and alstroemeria said “Good Morning” today. I wish you all a Happy New Year’s Eve.

Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Denver Art Museum to see the “Cartier” exhibit. It was lovely – resplendent with silver, platinum, diamonds, sapphires and emeralds….but very conspicuous and awe-inspiring. I loved the room featuring the tools and benches and sketches of the artists of the House of Cartier. Downstairs was a small exhibit called “Matisse and Friends….” featuring the works of Matisse, Derain, Dufy and other impressionists. Pure beauty, pure delicious color. I loved the fact that the walls were painted shades of viridian green, persimmon, plum and sand- and there were soft couches in similar tones to sit and relax in front of the paintings. Underfoot: some of the most beautiful Oriental carpets I have ever seen.

Yesterday, I was able to carve out a little block of time in which to paint this watercolor. The image was of plums, blackberries and grapes interspersed with hyacinths, tulips, hellebores and some other flowers- something I loved on Pinterest. Surrounded by the inky black background, the soft fruity colors pop off the paper. I love to work with dark backgrounds.

This is my first new blog post to go with my new blog on my new website. Welcome!