Friday, June 7, 2013

Flower Power

There are blooms everywhere around here. More than enough to make a crown of  them.

Scores to fill fields and hillsides,
And little vases.
A new painting of a lady planting out her annuals as her white dog and bird look on. There's someone else near the greenhouse too. Its called Ghost Garden.
I've been reading this book by Molly Peacock. Its about a lady who at 72 began to make paper collages of flowers, so exquisite and lifelike its difficult to tell they are paper. She invented the genre of paper collage and the book is fascinating as this all takes place in the 1770's.
yes. paper,
heather

I'm having a listing in my shop this morning,
Badger is attending........

Happy June!
xx
Julie


41 comments:

Lori ann said...

all so wonderful, oh my goodness julie. i want to live in your painting. i love molly! makes me feel anything is possible.

i spy something soft and sweet on your wrist ;)

hi badger!

Kimberly Naumann said...

Your paintings always make me SO happy! I find them terribly inspirational! I most enjoy painting little scenes like you do but the galleries that represent me always want animal portraits. I often find myself straying from the sort of painting I want to do because of this and your paintings always remind me of what I need to be doing more of. Thank you for sharing your work! And that book looks beautiful, something I need to check out for myself I think :)

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Lori, Yes! I often wear it because it seems to go with everything I own and because it keeps my painting wrist warm.....xx

Garden Celebrations said...

Hello Julie! Such lovely new paintings and badger! I don't know how you get anything done with those gorgeous fields as a distraction! Thank you for sharing your current read. It's inspiring to know that age is no barrier to getting a start on a new genre of living a creative life!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i saw that wristband too. so cute! i love that painting and the red plaid dress.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Kimberly,
I bet you are just like me. When you paint what your heart tells you to, the painting flows out of you and into the brush that goes to the canvas because its what you want to say at the moment.
Thank you for your wonderful comment.xxx

Delila said...

oh, how i love that painting of yours with a girl and a deer!!!!! there is such a beauty what you do Julie. i WISH that someday i am able to order an painting from you Julie and hang it on my own cottage walls. And i wish that i could someday walk with you in forests of Finland or in gardens in England.

*Susycottage* said...

How wonderful Julie, your paintings
and your sculptures are fairy tales.
And the field of flowers?
I put it as the background on my desktop,
too good!
Have a great weekend
Love Susy ♥

Librarian said...

The Paper Garden leaves me speechless, Julie, and that is just from the tiny glimpse you allowed us here on your blog! How much more heart-tugging beauty must the actual book be filled with.

The photo of the flower meadow is stunning; did you do anything to the colours to make it look that way?

Your artwork is enchanting as ever.

green glamour said...

you amaze me with your work . hesta

Valerianna said...

You are such a beautiful painter, Julie... I love the quality of light and color in your work. Bright and clear energy to them.

I saw that book on Amazon, I think, and was quite impressed. Thanks for the reminder, she was amazing!

Cathy Kiffney Studio said...

Wonderful, everything. Always so excited to see what luscious things are in your world. :)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Beautiful painting of the lady planting & her little pup! Happy June to you too!

Deb said...

Love your paintings & all the beautiful detail - that sweet little white dog & weather vane ♥
And the cover of "Wild flowers of the chalk" - I noticed the writing on the flower jug "a present from Brighton" which is where I was born :-)
A beautiful post from beginning to end.

lynne h said...

oh julie, as usual i love everything here... i *adore* everything here!!

i'm very interested in this book - i've seen these collages on tumblr and i don't think i've failed to reblog one.

xoxo

Claire said...

Where to start?......
Love your new header pic Julie. What a beautifully embroidered blouse, this girl is wearing and your lovely candle holder too .....♥
Your flower crowned lady is gorgeous, I wonder what she is thinking about?
The Ghost Garden painting is wonderful. I want to live in that house to dig in the garden, pick flowers, fruit and vegetables and sit back on that blue chair and admire all the beauty. Whoever purchased that painting has something very special indeed.
Molly Peacock's work is amazing, what an incredibly talented lady. I often think that everyone has a creative streak inside and they just have to tap into it. Goes to show that age is no barrier.....
Bluebird plate and Mr. Badger are delightful too.
So many wonderful things in this post.......

Claire X

millefeuilles said...

Hello Mr Badger!

I do believe spending a few days in your world would be simply perfect, Julie.

I have just popped over to Etsy to join your merry group of followers so that I may never miss a listing again.

Yet again I feel a little lost for words when endeavouring to express how much your paintings and ceramic creations touch me. The Ghost Garden could have belonged to my English grand-mothers... and a crown of flowers? Oh yes please!

Stephanie

Kate Fern said...

such a wonderful post!! I love the shot of the fields of flowers, your gorgeous paintings, and lovely to see those paper collages, quite amazing!!

Patricia Griffin Ceramics said...

Lovely!

dulcy said...

Such a visually inspiring post Julie. I ADORE your paintings! You had asked about a fish on one of my posts, if it is a catfish. No, it's a koi. They get pretty huge, and the face does look like a catfish!

xo
dulcy

leon10 said...

hello jullie what a beautiful paintings again thank for the lovely book tip seems to be a lovely book
have a lovely day leon10

Julie said...

Beautiful paintings!

GardenOfDaisies said...

Really lovely paintings. And the book looks fascinating, too.

Vicky Lovejoy said...

Everything is so beautiful I want to cry!! Your paintings touch my heart beyond words Julie. I love the one on you blog header with the deer and the one of the lady in her garden is so lovely!! I want to live like her, she looks so happy, content and peaceful :)
Thank you for sharing all this beauty!! Hugs Vicky xxx

mary ellen mckenzie said...

oh, Julie ... what fun it is to visit your blog! There is always a surprise that makes my heart smile! Especially love your painting of the gardner and her little white dog ... delightful! Thanks for sharing!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I love both your paintings. You always paint such wonderful things. It would be extremely hard to chose, but if I had to chose, the garden one is my favorite. I bet you still enjoy being and cooking in your beautiful new kitchen.

littlemancat said...

Loved the book "The Paper Garden," very inspiring - a remarkable life.
And your painting is just wonderful!
The colors,subject - so happy a scene. And love the newest header painting - a joyful world. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Mary

A time to dance said...

I loved the first picture when I saw it on Pinterest....and badger is Soo cute...adorable. Hope you are well...H

Madelief said...

Oh Julie, you are so talented. Your new header is amazing and that lovely painting of the girl with the flowers in her hair...it looks beautiful! Wish I had your talent!!!!

Happy week!

Madelief x

Maggie Ann said...

Hi Julie, I love your painting, you make everything special! in such a nice, nice way. God has blessed you richly....

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Happy June to you too, Julie!

It's so long since I visited your lovely blog - so nice to see Molly Peacock's book of paper art and your paintings and newest ceramics.

Lesley x

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Hi Julie!
Oh! Thank you so very much for your dear of comment about my Georgie doggie. Georgie says Yes Please! He'd love to have an Auntie Julie. :) You are so very sweet, I so appreciate it. And you made me all smiley all over, seeing your name in my comments - I am a huge admirer and adore your ceramics and artwork.
Thanks again, floating on could nine ...
Sally

Katherine Dunn said...

I am so excited. One of my followers sent me a sweet little dish you made with a lovely donkey! I just love your work and was so excited to get it yesterday!

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Dear Katherine,
I'm the one who is happy!
I adore all that you do!
xx
julie

Helen Philipps said...

Beautiful painting, I love it! A flowery crown is perfect to wear for the summer :) Loved the book about Mrs Delaney's life and work....those paper cut flower images are just unbelievably detailed aren't they? and so interesting to read about her life and how the amazing work came about. So nice to see your sweet new work...and hello to the badger too.
Helen x

Vicki Boster said...

Oh Julie-- that painting is fabulous! Ohhh to be standing near that little cottage garden! The bird platter is fabulous as well-- someone is very lucky to have this beautiful piece to call their own. You've been very busy--- making beautiful creations.

Sending love-
Vicki

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Beautiful art work! And beautiful pottery! I will go to your shop!

Maggie Ann said...

That field of poppies must be breath-taking. Did you ever read any of Gene Stratton-Porter's novels? She spoke so glowingly of Ca. and its beauties. I always loved her books. She was a great naturalist....and published a book or two on & about butterflies and birds...plus her fiction books which I to this day still hang on to. They are that good.

leon10 said...

hello the badger is so cute lovely like the book that you let see lovely pages and paper flowes
leon10

the black sheep said...

i dont think ive ever seen anything so lovely as your work. a sheer delight.....

Barbara said...

I love the summer on the farm and your header photo of the painted spaniel is adorable.

Good to catch up after the holidays.

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