Landscape Watercolor – End of Summer

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An original landscape watercolor of a tree. This sturdy tree is standing in a green meadow, surrounded by swirling gray clouds and a red patch of summer flowers. This surreal landscape would look groovy on any wall.
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“End of Summer”

Landscape Watercolor Painting

watercolor & ink on cold press paper
[ original landscape watercolor is available ]

EndofSummerCardsArt Print Cards
This landscape watercolor is available as a 5 card set. Cards are printed on heavy watercolor paper in my home studio, and come with A1 size envelopes.
[ landscape watercolor cards ]

Summer Ends
The grass is dry, just barely green
and the sky begs for rain.
A hot sun waits a little longer
before it starts the day.
Tree branches reach out, full of leaves
and summer ends with a lazy breeze.

Morning Glory Flower Photography

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During the hottest days of summer, before the sun gets too high over the horizon, there is sure to be a morning glory flower blooming – if not dozens of them. They start here later in the summer, and flourish until the end of fall. After a friend expressed her love for them, I was inspired to find a few of my favorite morning glory photos – thank you, Jane!

[ morning glory flower photography ]
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Morning Glory Flower

butterfly-morningA purple, trumpet-shaped morning glory flower adorns its leafy vine. The flowers open up just before the sun starts spreading across the landscape. If you wake up early enough, you can watch them as they unfold, perfect for sipping coffee and enjoying the sunrise. Once mid-day comes, they twist themselves closed, and wither away.

The morning glory flowers invite butterflies, bumble bees and hummingbirds to dance among their heart shaped leaves. The vines are relentless, growing upward and engulfing everything they come upon. They wrap around each other, forming thick ropes that spiral toward the sky.

This variety of morning glory grows well in the hot summer sun; tolerating draught, intense heat and pests. They provide nectar for butterflies, bees and humming birds that visit the garden. The morning glory flower comes in many varieties, usually purple with blue or pink hues.
[ more about morning glory ]

Painting of Thistles

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This watercolor painting of thistles features hot pink wildflowers waving hello on a summer morning. Happy color dots the landscape. Their rounded tufts are like whimsical creations from a Dr. Seuss book. Thistles growing along our road served as a reference for this watercolor painting. They begin blooming just after the spring wildflowers have started to fade away.

Bright pink brushstrokes represent prickly flower heads, with a sprawling yellow-green field and leafy trees in the background. This painting of thistles will add a bright pop of color to any wall.
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“Texas Thistles”

watercolor painting of thistles

10.5″ x 14.5″ (paper size is 11″ x 15″)

[ original painting is available ]

Illustration of Mother Nature

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This illustration of Mother Nature cradling a pear was inspired by new life that abounds during the months of Spring. When the warm air starts blowing in, and the green starts to grow up from the ground.

Originally painted in watercolor, this illustration of Mother Nature is available as a fine art print. All of my art prints are made in my studio, and printed on heavy weight watercolor paper with vivid, archival inks.

[ ILLUSTRATION OF MOTHER NATURE ART PRINT ]

Holding Pear
Spring arrives washing away
the long darkness of Winter days

Storms rain down and strong winds blow
Colors appear as the trees and flowers grow

Everything that has come to an end
makes room for new things to begin

Mother Nature heals her wear
Nurturing the soil and holding pear

Flowers and Bees Photo Series

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[ flowers and bees photo ]

Everything becomes active in the spring, especially flowers and bees. Flowers start growing up through the ground, and their blossoms attract the bees and other bugs to the garden. The bugs attract the birds, and suddenly everything has sprung to life.

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bee-3The magnolia tree is filled with big white flowers for many weeks during the spring. Bees are especially drawn to their strong fragrance, and blooms full of pollen and nectar.

I was lucky to catch this happy little bee buzzing around the magnolia tree one morning. The bee was busy concentrating on collecting nectar, and didn’t mind me getting up close with the camera. I captured it as it flew in for a landing, and tumbled around a while in the petals. By the time it was finished, its fuzzy little body was covered in yellow specs and its legs were heavy with pollen.

Flowers and Bees

Bees are important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables. When bees land on a flower, like these magnolia flowers, their legs become covered in pollen sacs – like little saddlebags. When the bee flies away, it carries the pollen off with it. Then, when the bee lands on another flower looking for nectar, the collection of pollen falls off, and pollination is underway. [ more about pollination ]