Exhibit of my watercolor sketches at the Elisabeth C Miller Library

An exhibit of my watercolor sketches is now on display at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle.  The exhibit, which runs through September 28, is available for viewing during the library’s normal visiting hours.  Please check this link for hours and driving directions.

I spent a delightful couple of hours yesterday morning with a group of six women who drove down from Bow, Washington to see the show.  This is the first time I’ve actually met new friends through my blog, and they are each kindred spirits — some painters, a couple of librarians, some with ties to the Midwest, fellow travelers.   I am touched that they made the effort to see my work and it was a real pleasure to meet them.

Magnificent bouquet from the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market.

I was also very honored to see a stunning bouquet from the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market delivered to the Miller Library to celebrate my show.  The bouquet is so beautiful, and it is such a thoughtful gesture of support from my friends at the Market.  The bouquet was quite a showpiece of local, seasonal blooms — I was tickled to see a stem of blackberries tucked in among the flowers and greens!

Display cases show sample blog posts, some photographs, and tools of my trade — watercolor sets and journals.

The framed watercolors are arranged by season — spring, summer, fall and winter.

I invite you all to stop by the Miller Library to see my show.  And to spend some time visiting this wonderful horticultural resource in the city.  Tomorrow’s blog post will take you along the trails of the Union Bay Natural Area adjacent to the Miller Library.  And Friday’s post will introduce you to the Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium, also part of the Center for Urban Horticulture.  I’ll close here with some photographs from the demonstration gardens.


This purple trumpet flower is called “the devil’s trumpet,” or datura

Bed of sneezeweed

Sneezeweed, so much variety in one bed



I loved the range of colors here, too.

A hanging curtain of green

Looking through the curtain

Grape leaves like stained glass

“How wonderful yellow is.  It stands for the sun.”
— Vincent Van Gogh

The sunflower’s sunny face

Sunflower silhouette

Garden art: a sunflower plate on a garden gate

Orange-yellow squash blossom

Bed of yellow yarrow

Yarrow crowned with yellow

Yellow and orange blanket flowers

Yellow lily

Garden loosestrife

St. John’s wart, a popular ground cover in Seattle

Our yellow weed, the dandelion

Yellow chairs bolted to the pier overlooking Elliott Bay in downtown Seattle

Yellow chairs with ferry, Elliott Bay

Yellow chairs with ferris wheel, Seattle waterfront

Summer sweet corn on the cob

Lemons in a blue bowl







“Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow.”
— Kandinsky

Orange lilies



Striped umbrella, outdoor dining

Orange calendula

Orange poppy

Honeysuckle in oranges and pinks

More reddish-orange lilies

And yet another photo of a lily

Salmon filets, Pike Place Fish Market

Fishmonger from Pike Place Fish Market shows a young man a fresh Dungeness crab

Dahlias, Pike Place Market

The Space Needle (painted orange for the 50th anniversary of Seattle’s World Fair) seen beneath Calder’s Eagle, Olympic Sculpture Park






Black and Orange Lilies

July 19, 2012

Black and orange lily

Dramatic black and orange lilies

Black and orange lily

Black in flowers is simply arresting.  These lilies in a neighbor’s garden attracted my eye because this was the blackest black I had ever seen in a flower.  So often black flowers are deep, deep purple.  I can see some purple in these lilies as well, but the color verges on true black.

I see my blog as something of an online nature journal.  All it takes is a walk outside my door to come up with something new to share, like seeing black in a flower.  I am often amazed at how inexhaustible Nature is.

Most often there is no improving on Nature, but I couldn’t resist trying some special effects on my photo editing software.  Here they go:

Lily with focal black & white effect

Lily with HDR-ish effect

Lily with cross-process effect

Posterized image of lily


Tiger Lilies

July 15, 2012

Tiger Lily (photo 2010)

The Lily
by William Carlos Williams

The branching head of
tiger-lilies through the window
in the air —

A humming bird
is still on whirring wings
above the flowers —

By spotted petals curling back
and tongues that hang
the air is seen —

It’s raining —
water’s caught
among the curled-back petals

Caught and held
and there’s a fly —
are blossoming.

It’s easy to be inspired by the early-summer blooming plants at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture.  Here are a few things that caught my eye on a recent visit:

I love this particular shade of blue on Sea Holly.

Sea Holly

Going to Seed


This lily reminds me of a Japanese lantern.

Bird on the path

White Flowers

April 12, 2010

White daffodil

White daffodil

White tulips

White bleeding heart

White bleeding heart

White lily, Volunteer Park Conservatory

Detail, white lily

White rhododendron with a touch of pink

Lilies for Eastertide

April 3, 2010

My excursion to the Seattle Asian Art Museum took me to Volunteer Park, so afterwards I walked a short way to the Volunteer Park Conservatory to see what was in bloom.  There were so many colorful and exotic flowers on display, but the lilies especially caught my eye because of their association with Easter.

White lily, Volunteer Park Conservatory

Detail, white lily

Lilies and blue hydrangea

White lily, pure beauty

Anthers and stigma of a white lily

Calla Lilies

June 26, 2009

Georgia O'Keeffe's Calla Lilies, 1923

Georgia O'Keeffe's Calla Lilies, 1923

I admire Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings.  She certainly captures the minimalist elegance and grace of white calla lilies.  They have to be one of the most classically feminine flowers.  I love the simple sweeping curves of the calla lily’s elongated petals.

“The modest Rose puts forth a
The humble sheep a threat’ning
While the Lily white shall in love
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her
          beauty bright.”
     — William Blake

Calla Lily silhouette

Calla Lily silhouette

Calla Lily

Calla Lily

Calla Lily

Calla Lily

Consider the Lilies

June 25, 2009

Lily bud, like a tightly wrapped present

Lily bud, like a tightly wrapped present

Orange lily and buds about to bloom

Orange lily and buds about to bloom

Orange lily with blue background

Orange lily with blue background

Detail of orange lily

Detail of orange lily

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;
they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you,
That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
     Matthew 6: 28 – 29