Tag Archives: Crabapple tree

What’s Blooming?

Today’s weird bird is taking time to enjoy Spring’s blossoms:

We have had an unusually cold Spring so we are behind schedule…

Our crabapple tree is just starting to display its glorious bright pink blooms:

And the lilac is filling the air with its heavenly scent:

What’s blooming where you live?

I hope you take time to smell the flowers!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers to Spring! ūüĆł

Outside A Window

I love the view of this crabapple tree outside my kitchen window:


This photo was taken in May when the tree was showing its spectacular pink blossoms!

I decided to add a photo of it to my mixed media sketchbook as the tree inspires me all four seasons!  I colored the photo with color pencils so the flowers stood out.


And below is the Robin that I painted and showed you in my last post:


Inspiration of place can sometimes come from what we see outside a window¬†in our home… Below is a photo of both pages together in my art journal.


What view inspires YOU, outside a window?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! ūüôā

Crabapple in Opera Rose

I just love Winsor and Newton’s Opera Rose! ¬†Such a brilliant pink – a¬†perfect color to¬†paint my¬†flowering crabapple in watercolor that I drew previously here.

I tried to paint it looser and added a few splatters at the end.

Now, our second crabapple tree in our yard¬†is blooming… with all the rain we had this Spring, it is “buzzing” with new growth! ¬†I have never seen this tree so full of blossoms.

I have a new subject to paint.  YAY!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

Nothing Crabby!

There is nothing crabby about this Crabapple tree!  It blooms the most gorgeous colors every Spring!


I decided to try painting some of the blossoms in watercolor… yet was only able to get a sketch done today.

I’m going to try¬†painting this one looser… hope you check back in next week to see how I do!

Happy Mother’s Day to¬†ALL mothers – furry or human!

Cheers! ūüôā

Nature’s Canvas


Apple tree budding,

One brilliant blue canvas sky

Nature brings new hope.

May you find peace in your heart today!

Happy Easter! ūüôā

Seeing In Color

I recently purchased this book¬†from Amazon, “Local Color – Seeing Place Through Watercolor,” by Mimi Robinson:


I was intrigued by the idea of remembering a place or a subject by its color palette.  So I decided to give it a try by a photo of this late blooming crabapple tree in my backyard:


I started reading the book last evening but what grabbed my attention was when she discusses seeing color by the time of day, season, etc. Рthings I have never really thought about before.  And how this can change the colors we see around us.

The above photo was taken on a warm, Spring afternoon so the sky is a brilliant blue.  How would the colors of the crabapple change if it was a cloudy day or if the sun was setting?

I also liked¬†her idea about naming your own color palettes, “More often than not I invent new names for colors – I want colors to evoke a more personal connection to the place.”

She suggests you paint the colors you see in a grid format and leave room for notes.  If you use a similar format each time then you can compare them.  Sounds like fun to me Рso I decided to give it a try on these three photos taken when the flowers were just starting to  open, right after they opened and when they were starting to fall from the tree:

These are the colors I saw, recorded in watercolor:


I am AMAZED that there are all these colors in this tree!  I look forward to doing more of these color palettes!  (I need to make some of my colors darker but I ran out of time.)

How do you record the colors you see when painting a subject in watercolors?¬† I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Painting!¬† ūüôā

Flower Showers

Crabapple blossoms


Softly fall in showers of pink


Like a bride’s bouquet…

Wishing you a Sunny Sunday!¬† ūüôā

Four Seasons of Color

I¬†hope you¬†enjoy seeing¬†my glorious¬†Crabapple tree as each season¬†unfolds into a new one like¬†color¬†blends on an¬†artist’s palette.

Bountiful Spring blossoms in raspberry pink:

Spring Crabapple tree

Dark red fruit form against olive green leaves in Summer:

summer crabapple tree limb

Fall bursts with color in gold leaves and bright red fruit:

upclose fall crabapple tree

Winter’s crimson berries provide a¬†feast for the birds:

snowy crabapple tree

Each season is a reason to celebrate!

Cheers!¬† ūüôā