First Flowers of Spring

Spring has finally decided to make an appearance this week, so I couldn’t wait to go and paint outside!

My morning walk
In today’s post a small photo impression of my morning walk through ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands—enjoy the first flowers of spring.

Snowdrops (Casinotuin, ‘s-Hertogenbosch)

My fascination for flowers has already started in my childhood. It was always a joyful moment to see the snowdrops popping out all over the ground in our backyard—I love the simple beauty of snowdrops. While sitting in the backseat of our car, I also can remember the colorful crocus fields through the city.

Snowdrops (Casinotuin, ‘s-Hertogenbosch)

Crocus field (Bossche Broek, ‘s-Hertogenbosch)

I get my inspiration from every corner. While walking along the city wall, I was right away struck by the many colors this view offered up: a harmonious color palette of yellows, greens, black and earth colors. I can’t wait to use this color palette in one of my future paintings.

New color palette inspired by my walk along the city wall

City wall and Crocus field (Nature Reserve “De Bossche Broek”)

Crocus field (Casinotuin, ‘s-Hertogenbosch)

Art Works in public domain (‘s-Hertogenbosch)

My visualization

Left: simple beauty of snowdrops, right: monochromatic value study (medium: pastel, simone li 2017)

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  1. Jean

    I didn’t know snowdrop was a flower name. I thought you were mentioning snow melting into drops when we messaged the other day. Actually, the shape of snowdrops does look like snow melting down. :)
    I love your photos as well! I can see many future paintings popping out of these pictures.


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  2. Mary Moores

    We also have snowdrops at our house that my kids and I always eagerly watch to measure spring’s approach. I did not realize that they were part of your childhood memories in the Netherlands too. How fun! In this post, I love your photos and how you used them to discover a new palette of colors. One of my favorite was the one of your pastel painting on the easel because it gave me an overall picture of your piece of art work. It’s LOVELY! Maybe it is my personal computer setting but your individual photos of your monochromatic value study and your pastel painting of the snowdrops were so large in size that parts of them were cut off from the screen. It was hard to see their entirety. Thanks so much for this window in your thoughts and your life in the Netherlands.

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      Thank you and also for sharing your thoughts, very encouraging! And how fun to hear that you and your family also watch the snowdrops every year!!
      ps. I checked the settings of the individual photos of my paintings, they were indeed too large. I’ve resized them and put them together, I appreciate your input.

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