Friday, 22 June 2018

Inspired by Nature

It's not hard to be outside in the garden or walking somewhere and see something to be inspired by - who wouldn't be inspired by beautiful tulips?
For today's page for my AJJ 'Inspired By' theme I used both types of gouache paint ( I only recently learnt that there is an acrylic-gouache too)  I used the usual one for the background and the acrylic-gouache (acryl-gouache) for the flowers.

And these were the tulips that I just had to paint

I like to take lots of photos for reference and to just enjoy

and I had to snap the first picking of the radishes

and birds are my favourite so I have lots of bird photos

And today I had a close encounter with a Collared Dove that came very near me to eat.
Yes I know the bird above is a Wood pigeon  :) but I haven't got a photo of him yet... 
but maybe.... just maybe... something magical might happen again this video...

old camcorder footage before things went digital -
 so the video is not perfect quality - but better than the thumbnail looks.
Hope you like it :)

OK thats all for today.... however..
there's still another week left for AJJ 'Inspired By' theme
and we'd love to see you there and see what inspires you.
Huge thanks to everyone who has linked already - such amazing and varied work - and so inspiring!

thanks for stopping by, 
have a wonderful weekend...
Gill x


  1. Your tulips are stunning. You certainly blossomed in this spread, because your flowers bloomed perfectly on the page. I can see why they would inspire you. They are lovely, but so is your very romantic painting. Even the background is impressive. It's a perfect entry for your theme at Art Journal Journey and a tribute to your painting skills.

  2. I liked your video so much!! And your tulips too 😀

  3. The tulips looks beautiful Gill, it is a wonderful painting.
    The photos you use for inspiration are lovely as well and that video was magical, how trusting those birds were to get so close.
    Yvonne xx

  4. Wow! Your tulips painting is gorgeous and such gorgeous inspiration, too. Blessings!

  5. I agree with you about the inspiration of a garden in summer.The flowers are not only pretty but they give us color, design and form, don't they? And your tulips are beautiful too. I can tell the garden inspired you, and that was a super video. I am still amazed how birds trust and and will eat out of your hands. That is impressive and truly a gift. Thanks for sharing your video. Hugs-Erika

  6. wow,i loved your tulips page with the vibrant beautiful green backruond,absolutly stunning,dear gill.
    happy sunny weekend my friend.

    hugs jenny

  7. The tulips you painted are stupendous dear Gill and I can see that those beautiful flowers in your garden inspired you !You have such a hand for colours and painting! What a talented Lady! And wow wow wow - I am in LOVE with this video! You must have been a wonderful bird in an earlier life as they get so very close to you --- AMAZING!
    A fantastic page linked to Art Journal Joureny dear Gill! Thank you very much for your fantastic month of hosting! This post is wonderful! Happy weekend my friend!
    Hugs, Susi

  8. And I forgot to mention how yummie this radishes look. I have sown some a few days ago and at least their green tops are out meanwhile!

    Hugs, Susi

  9. Wow, your tulip painting is amazing! It looks just like the photo, so beautiful 😁. I loved seeing your garden photos too and the video with your feathered friend is so cool! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! J 😊 x

  10. Ooh, I didn't know there are two types either. Must look into that :-)

    Love your video...such a privilege. I once went bird ringing at some unearthly hour with the RSPB and had so much fun. We had it in turns to release one of the netted birds (many babies) back into the wild. What an experience!

    Your painting is fab =- love the colour variations - you make it look very, very easy but it ISN'T for some of us ;-)

    Cath x

  11. Thanks for following my blog and leaving a comment. I'm your latest follower and looking forward to seeing more of your lovely creations.

    What an amazing tulip painting, just beautiful. TFS your photos and what a great video clip. xx

  12. There is nothing better than nature to inspire creativity, being outdoors up close is a wonderful thing that we all should experience. Magnificent painting so true to life, so glad I managed to catch it.
    Creative wishes for a wonderful Sunday Tracey x
    P.S Those radish look delicious :)

  13. What a wonderful page Gill !! I love the brightness so intense that have the flowers, radiant! I also like birds, always in freedom! And the video is fantastique. I was impressed with the tranquility that birds have when they eat in your hand, thank you very much for sharing.
    I wish you a very nice week, big hugs, Caty

  14. What a beautiful painting, Gill! It just glows!
    And thanks for the beautiful photos and wonderful video. I recently had a close encounter with a hummingbird, so I can only imagine what your experience with the birds must have been like. Thanks for sharing that!!

  15. A beautiful painting, Gill. As in nature, the red tulips contrast so well against the green background. Jx

  16. Gorgeous tulips painting - exciting red green contrast!
    Lovely photos of your garden and I love the video!
    And I can imagine how good these radishes smelled!


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