Artichoke flowers …oil painting and my new Website launch!

Artichoke flowers (6″ x 6″)

It was just a couple of years ago while visiting a garden in England that I saw artichokes growing for the first time. They were so stunningly gorgeous I am surprised it has taken me so long to get around to painting them!

Tom has written another of his delightful poems for this piece both catching and adding to its spirit.

Bright petalled shrapnel growing as grenades
set to explode in bursts of flagrant peacei
geometric blossoms serenade
the eye of the beholder and release
their starburst beauty into garden skies
fireworks ignite and swiftly rise
as buzzing bees explore the purple blooms
drawn now hither by their sweet perfumes.
Life bursting forth from seed to stem to flower
growing great and heavy in the sun
each striving to be second now to none
in fecund glory, beauty, nor in power.
Flowers catching fire are poised to light
The summer world with blossoms bursting bright.

image (c) 2018 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2018 TJ Radcliffe

AND NOW …I am so excited (and not a little terrified) to be putting my art out there for the world to see …and buy! This blog will continue as Green Tea Doodles even though over the years – has it really been nine years?! – my focus has shifted from tea and computer doodles to watercolours and oil painting. As I discover and follow my creative path I am happy to have you share that experience with me.

…and I’d LOVE you to visit the website. Here’s the link to and as well there is a permanent link in the “hamburger menu” at the top of the blog page.

random face…

thinking about things...

Well, the last story has wrapped up and it will be a little while before there’s a new narrative to follow. In the meantime, I will (while starting work on the Next Thing) try to keep regularly posting some doodles and thoughts. I think I will be doodling faces for a bit since drawing expressive faces will be a very useful skill for the next project too. I will likely also be experimenting with different techniques and trying to find ways to be quicker and get some more creative effects.When it is time, I will definitely give some notice about the new project and perhaps some sneak peeks – I am quite excited about it. It will be great fun to work on and I hope you will find it fun to read and look at too!

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer