The days are getting longer and so more time to be outside playing and painting!
A few wonderful facts about the Mimosa:
1. It lights up the winter with its bright yellow flowers
2. It inspires a delicious recipe for an italian cream cake called Torta Mimosa.
3. A champagne cocktail is named after it (one part champagne and one part fruit juice).
However when I came to painting the tree it was almost as frustrating as trying to spread cold butter on an even colder pancake!
Painting children from life is difficult, I guess you need a good memory to finish any details incase they move which they do all the time so I decided on a longer pose using Winnie as she slept as an excuse but then again a true portrait of her would be bouncing and running around…..but that is easier said than done!
How did Sorolla paint the finest details in blinding sunlight as the children he painted ran along beaches and splashed in waves? He definently had magic in his paintbrush!
With the arrival of Spring I am looking forward again to planting the seeds of these pumpkins, sunflowers and the sweetcorn which were growing in our vegetable patch last Autumn.
Even though some of us are waiting for Spring, in Southern Australia Autumn has only just begun!