Sunday, 2 April 2017


It's the time of the year when rain or shine we must get our garden and plants, both vegetables and flowers, prepared for the year ahead.

Luckily we have a new helper.

She especially likes to do pruning and trees are her speciality. 

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I've had a manic February and March in Real-life land but the current challenge at "Try it on Tuesday" to make art on the theme "Botanical" was too good to miss.
I'm also linking to "Moo-mania" where the theme is "In Triplicate".

I had a look at the flowers in the garden (not many at this time of year) and painted these watercolour abstracts.

Then I wanted to see how I could change them using Photo-editing.

First of all an easy inversion and colour changes.

I had these little painted flowers from before

tiled them to make this

and the tiled background here is made from one of my paintings.

I do like this next one.  It's just an enlargement of two of the flowers, colour changed and squiggled.

Which version(s) did you like best?  I always enjoy reading your comments on what works for you.


froebelsternchen Susi said...

I like all of the lovely versions Sheila and I also like your new lovely garden aid!
Happy Sunday and good luck and power for all the exhausting work in your garden!
Great you found time for a bit of art and are with us over at Try It On Tuesday! Great to see you there!
oxo Susi

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful Sheila, how nice that you found time to join us at TIOT for Botanical! Have a good month, Valerie

Suman Pandit said...

love all Sheila, missed your art last couple of weeks....always a delight to visit you,so glad you have help :)

SusuPetal said...

That enlargement caught my eye this time!

Your little helper is so cute!!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh --- YES ! I didn't think of " In Triplicate" as I visited for the first time --- those paintings are just made for Moo Mania & More's current theme!
Thank you very much for linking them Sheila- thank you for your lovely comments!
Enjoy your Sunday and a happy start into the new "garden" week for you!
oxo Susi

limmelon said...

The Squiggle is perfect! Comes across well. Isn't photoshop marvelous. Them toes had better beware of the secateurs, and she'll need a fluff injection after all the hard work. Love it, Awesome !!

My name is Erika. said...

Wow- you are so green. I am covered in fresh white snow so it doesn't yet feel like garden season to me. But when it comes-soon I hope- I'd love a little helper like that.I between loving the printed tan background and between the black background. Great pieces! Hugs-Erika

ULKAU said...

Actually, I really like better your pictures without the digital change ... but it is always exciting to see which colors you conjure with it.
Your enlarged flower on the last picture looks great in this color combination!
But I also like the picture with your background made of painted feathers!
This week has brought the spring to us - it is blooming already quite a lot outside and soon it will bloom also in your garden!

Meggymay said...

I'm so pleased you joined in at TioT's Sheila. They are fantastic abstract flowers. Sorry I cannot pick a favourite I like all your versions.
Yvonne xx

Annie said...

Oh, SQUIGGLED! Squiggled! I like squiggled best! And I love the colors too. I know the enlarged flowers would look good in any color combination. I swear there is magic dust surrounding your entire world. You look out at the flowers and then you draw some and then I want those exact drawn flowers growing in my yard. Always amazing to see how a little photo editing gives the same flowers such a different look each time. Your new helper looks so sweet. What is her name? I see she has no fear of heights. Good. Now I can stop worrying about you and Mr. balancing at the top of the ladder!

Tammie Lee said...

They are all fun to look at. I think I like the one with the tiny pastel flowers/tiled in the background. But they are all lovely and full of spring spirit.

wishing you a good time in your garden. we are getting close to that time here, though I still have some snow. Sweet Sunday to you!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Welcome back to blogland, dear Sheila. Yes, I've missed you. I love your wonderful new helper because she is so cute and useful. It appears she likes to work, too.

I adore all of your beautiful flowers, but the inverted colors are wonderful because the black background makes the flowers nearly POP off the page.

Not sure spring has truly arrived in your world, but I can tell it has in your art! LOVE it all.

Evergreen Mo said...

As usual in awe of your digital skills. I like the 3 flowers with the 3 little tiled flowers as a background. Could do with some help in my garden would she be prepared to travel.

The Happy Whisk said...

Excellent little helper and fun art.

Giggles said...

Oh my goodness...that last one is a stunner... I'd want it blown up huge on a wall!!It's so gorgeous...who would have ever thunk it!! Truly my style of art... The purple, green and blue combination...oh my goodness my brain is racing...I could see it on a full comforter as a bed cover!! Or at spoon flower on some fabric... Sorry I am neglecting everything else because I am in love with it. The other flowers are beautiful too but the last one is SOOO me!! Oh and your new helper is adorable..nice to see you getting your gardens prepped!! Thanks for sharing the beauty!

Hugs Giggles

Beo said...

I myself love the last one most.
And what a fun to see your new helper. Frome where does she come?
And is she that new? I mean the photoes show her in a very green
garden with even fruits at/on the trees... But perhaps this photoes
are from where she was before. What's her name?
And by the way: What is Gerbea doing?
Beate xx

Margik said...

Lovely flowers Sheila, I love all your fabulous versions!
Your new helper is adorable!
Nice to see you here at Try It On Tuesday. Mar xx

Gibby Frogett said...

aww your new helper is adorable Sheila (what is her name?) that Cotoneaster she is
sitting on?
Wonderful abstract artwork and alterations - I especially love the one with your painting as background and could imagine that either as ceramic tiles or wallpaper in a Victorian/Edwardwardian house..
Gill x

johanna said...

i also like the last one best. love the Color Combo, the GREEN of course, and the fact that is an enlarged Detail.
good you have douglas to help:) he really will be useful These days... happy spring!!!

Rike said...

Lovely pruning helper!
Your watercolor flowers are gorgeous! And now what you made digitally - wonderful pictures!
My favourite is the one with the three green pieces on your tiled background of your painting!

~*~Patty S said...

Sweet new friend in plaid helping you in the garden.
Helpers are always welcome.
Each of your creations has something that I enjoy so picking a favorite is no easy task.
Not much help from me.
Happy Spring oxo

kat said...

Oh it feels like real flower power here and I love that adorable new friend helping out in the garden! Such a display of sweet Spring flowers. I love the initial water colour flowers very much, they are my favourite but I also love what you do with them, I would say the third piece is my next favourite with those three flowers tiled behind, I love that background with those sweet flowers and their movement, their simplicity is what is so striking!

Corrine at said...

Always fun happening here. I am glad you have some help in that gigantic garden of yours. Lots to do and to have a whiz with sheers, well just perfect. I like all your pieces, but your first drawing with the squiggly flower at the bottom, has petals that look like mini hearts, so sweet. xox

Claudia ClaSpi-Art said...

How beautiful, does your new helper have a name?
I like your flowers and also the editing, I like the picture with the pink background best, but everything is beautiful!

Let's Art Journal said...

How wonderful to have a new helper, maybe she could visit my garden too :-) . Lovely art today, my favourite is the last one - the colours are gorgeous and I love the way the paints have merged together, it reminds me a little of a peacock feather! Happy Friday and wishing you a fun weekend with your new friend! J :-)

pearshapedcrafting said...

Just checking as some of my comments disappeared, this is one of them! I love your little friend but your flowers steal the show! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

Sue (this n that) said...

Hi there Sheila, your little helper looks so keen to do a bit of gardening... I love her outfit too!
You've had great fun with your painting and photo editing and have achieved really great effects. My favourite is the three flowers as the tiled background - all those colours are fantastic. Great job :D)

Jackie said...

Your new helper looks great fun! Your flowers are fabulous. My favourites (am I allowed two?!) are the last two. I love those big blousey flowers in such rich colours in the last one, but they also look so good against the peach tiles of your painting. Jx

janie said...

Hello Sheila
I love your vivd colour combos you certainly have an eye for colour, i like the first one the best of all