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The endless waiting for spring: flowers of my dreams

Delicate spring tulips: watercolor and pen

It’s still chilly and nasty out there in Ontario. The rain is just pouring down in cold streams tonight. Not a good background for happy thoughts. Although, we should appreciate the fact that it is at least not that cold anymore. One step at a time towards the warmth.

I remember my first spring in Canada: it was so sunny, so overwhelmingly warm, everything blossoming; and such insanely uplifting green was everywhere. I had already all the garden planted and coming up around this time. That was 10 years ago. We have experienced quite bad weather conditions since then, and, no, I do not assume anymore that Ontario weather is any better than Latvian.

It is no secret that we are already desperately hoping the weather forecast will have some good news for us, too. I recently looked at some of my paintings, and I don’t think I am going to paint or draw winter again any time soon. Instead, I am about to do way more florals, I worked out some nice flowers on the hill concepts, and when it is November I will paint autumn trees, distant skies and fog.

Since all my thoughts are in spring, with spring and about spring, my sketches, drawings and watercolors reflect that. These sketches or pen and watercolor images were all started as demonstrations. I am aware I have too many demo works on the go, and most of them never get finished, but that’s just the way I am. I cannot have one single class without demonstrating something. This something gets developed, and later it seems: it’s probably worth putting in more work.

I thought these could be perfectly used as images for greeting cards.

Spring rose

The spring rose

Pink spring lily watercolor illustration

The pink lily

Flower sketches in watercolor and pen: spring tulips

The lovely tulips

Spring daffodils, watercolor and pen painting

The gentle daffodils

Set of greeting cards with flowers

The set of greeting cards

It’s been also mostly dark, so it’s hard to catch a good day with a normal daylight to get proper colors on my photos because any type of electric light does not allow to have them as in reality.

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  1. claprof #

    Reblogged this on LA BOTTEGA DELL'ANIMA and commented:

    April 7, 2014
  2. I do not believe it! No wonder I love your work – as everyone should! My husband is Latvian too! He was born in Riga in 1938 and came to the States in 1949. Sadly he lives in a nursing home now because of a Parkinson’s type disease – he will be so thrilled when I tell him about you!!!!!

    April 7, 2014
    • Oh thanks! Isn’t that something! Yes, Latvians are everywhere. Say your husband hi from me, and he will definitely know that Inese is a really Latvian name. There were times when every third girl was named Inese. Well, I love Latvians, and Canadians, and Americans, and I wish we all could help out each other by promoting mutually our works! Thanks again!

      April 7, 2014
      • Lovely! My husband’s name is Ivars – Americanized slightly to Ivar – so you’ll probably recognize it too!

        April 8, 2014
      • Sure I do! I have some friends and classmates whose name is Ivars. Latvian names are tough to adjust to English language.

        April 8, 2014
  3. Beautiful flowers! I love roses, so that one is my favorite.

    April 7, 2014
    • Thank you! I suppose dark days are for painting our dreams! Flowers really fit in this category! Thank you!

      April 7, 2014
  4. Wonderful, you have such beautiful lines and color in these. They would be great cards!

    April 7, 2014
    • Thanks Brenda! I’ve always known I was better at drawing, and it takes me much less time, too. I think these would make good cards, just didn’t upload yet on Fine Art America site, they do great job on cards and similar stuff!
      I will have to check out your posts, as well, they’re always great. Time is the crucial factor!

      April 7, 2014
      • I have a few spring flowers for you, a splash of color in the sun for your rain-weary eyes.🙂 I hope spring comes to you soon!

        April 8, 2014
      • I saw them, they were really cheerful! I left a small comment, too, it’s so terrible you had all this virus stuff, I hope you have recovered now! This year is very strange. Feels like we have moved to far North. Hopefully, we don’t have to experience this nasty cold so soon. It’s April, but we have some mild winter temperatures.

        April 8, 2014
      • Spring has arrived, and hopefully health has, too! I’ll up my chances of being healthy if I get some sleep! Have to do that now! Take care of you, too! Brenda

        April 8, 2014
      • Take care Brenda, you definitely need some good sleep, so do I!

        April 8, 2014
      • Good morning! Mission accomplished!🙂 Have a beautiful day!

        April 8, 2014
      • Great, glad to hear that! I’m back to work!

        April 8, 2014
  5. Oh these are ethereal!

    April 7, 2014
    • Thanks Cindy! I really appreciate your comment! Your flower photos are stunning! I tried to keep these soft and gentle.

      April 7, 2014
  6. Lovely. I love the daffodils the best!

    April 8, 2014
    • Thanks! Nice, I sort of love all flowers, it’s just sometimes how they come out because all these drawings and paintings are done with no preparation, meaning, I have a very limited time to show the class how to do similar staff. Drawing takes about 5-10 minutes, application of paint about half an hour. Students obviously can follow and repeat this approach on their paper.

      April 8, 2014
  7. They are gorgeous! Please keep painting flowers. I love them!

    April 9, 2014
    • Thanks Monica! I really enjoyed doing these quick drawings or paintings! It was so much fun! I simply have to figure out how to make this stuff so that I wouldn’t need frames.

      April 9, 2014
  8. I love tulips! Beautiful piece!

    April 9, 2014
    • Thank you so much! I believe, spring flowers just ask to be put on paper or canvas after such an exhausting winter!

      April 9, 2014
  9. Beautiful artwork…

    April 9, 2014
  10. Stunning work! As you have a Pinterest button, I will Pin 1 or 2!

    April 9, 2014
    • Thanks Resa! I already pinned them, but it doesn’t hurt to pin one more time. I hope they get re-pinned. 2 besides did. Thanks again for your nice comment!

      April 9, 2014
      • 🙂🙂

        April 9, 2014
  11. beautiful!

    April 9, 2014
  12. Reblogged this on Christina Designs Art and commented:
    I will forever envy the talents of watercolor artists! The way an artist can mix colors together and show the gradients on the petals! I love it

    April 9, 2014
    • Thanks Christina! I agree, it almost happens from itself! You have artistic talent, you just have to start it, it’s not difficult at all!

      April 9, 2014
  13. So fresh and loose. Wonderful job. Thanks for posting!

    April 9, 2014
    • Thanks so much! We were doing floral sketches with watercolor class, so these were all started as demos.

      April 10, 2014
      • You bet! Looking forward to seeing more!

        April 11, 2014
      • Thanks! There always are some new pieces. I have to update the decorate, etc. page, still didn’t get to it.

        April 11, 2014
  14. Beautiful!!!

    April 12, 2014
  15. Inese, the coming of spring always brings so much joy and lightness of being. Your beautiful floral images represent this so well. Thank you for sharing them.

    April 14, 2014
    • Thank you Mary! That’s right! After such a long period without sunshine, greens and flowers, the most natural desire is to see, smell and draw flowers and spring scenery.

      April 14, 2014
  16. Inese your delicate work no doubt announce spring enjoy x

    April 15, 2014
    • Thanks Doron! I hope so! So far spring is only in my paintings since we still had snow last night.

      April 15, 2014
      • Snow??? I am sending you some ray of warmth… amazing I thought by now you are dry and some better temperatures.

        April 15, 2014
      • Well, we thought so, too. It looks we are having higher temperatures towards the weekend. My chives are already green, that’s pretty much the only thing which started to grow in this terrible weather.

        April 15, 2014
      • I have no doubt in few days your garden will be looking as good as your painting do with your loving touch. All come in good times.

        April 17, 2014
      • Thanks Doron! I believe, it eventually will. You are so positive, amazing and adorable feature. Good luck with your plans and projects!

        April 17, 2014
      • Thank you very much🙂

        April 17, 2014
      • You’re always very welcome!

        April 17, 2014
      • Thank you x

        April 20, 2014
  17. Oh, your flowers are so beautiful!! You have a lovely hand and if what is inside comes out (as you stated in a comment…This is how I found you) then you are full of light and beautiful love!! Blessitude…Lorrie

    April 18, 2014
    • Thank you Lorrie! I really believe the true personality shines through every line we write and every brushstroke we put on our canvas. It’s sometimes also the canvas of our own life. I am sharing the positive energy and multiplying the light since I intentionally want to make our existence more pleasurable, friendlier and worthwhile.

      April 18, 2014
      • You made my eyes well with tears…tears of happiness and joy and compassion. Yes! Imagine how our world is changing with all the light energy that is being expressed. There was a time that I would have thought that one person could not make a difference. ..I no longer believe that I am happy to say!!! Thank you for the difference you make and will continue to make….I am so grateful we have connected!🙂

        April 18, 2014
      • Thanks Lorrie! I am grateful, too, we have connected. All my life experience shows that nothing happens without a reason even if we are unable to discover that reason for many years. When looking from the distance to past years, I mean, from the distance of some 15-20 years or more, it becomes obvious and clear what some event was: something good or bad for us. It is usually not what it seems, that’s how one’s tragedy can become his or her beginning of some changes which lead to great and completely unexpected results. I suppose also those who have experienced something which we call bad accident or misfortune, are more open to positive influences and they appreciate more the simple pleasures and the small gifts what every day presents us with.

        April 18, 2014
      • Inese…I so agree with you. There have been many, many, events in my life -good and bad – that have not been what they appeared to be at the time yet have proven to be amazing stepping blocks. That is one of the reasons I have so much faith…because I KNOW there is a reason for everything .🙂

        April 18, 2014
      • … and we should always try to do our best and cause no troubles to other people since this all returns in one or another way and nobody is able to build their happiness on somebody’s misfortune.

        April 18, 2014
      • Yes Yes Yes!! I wish more people would realize this!

        April 18, 2014
  18. So delicate . . .

    June 11, 2014

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