A little series of paintings on paper that started out as sketches in the garden. sort of improvising with brush and paints sitting outside, mostly in the  subtle light of the evening hours. Looking at  plants, seed, berries, leaves, tiny branches, needles, nuts and all the other things out there always invigorates my imagination. 
 I didn't really draw their likeness, but rather let my hands play with the images they triggered - and somehow these paintings turned out a little like botanical drawings you see in books sometimes. 

Enjoy the best of August as long as it's still here. It's the last real month of summer and we're entering the last week of it ...Can you believe it?


  1. When you let your hand free, it creates a carefree magic my friend. I am too calculated when I paint; I go by lines in my mind that I think should be there, but I must try this....just letting the brush go free. AND not only are your colors and expressions BEAUTIFUL, but the light you place them in to photograph them is the perfect accompaniment! MUCH LOVE TO YOU!!!!!!!

  2. Hi Martina,

    I love the botanical paintings and neat to be able to just let the brush go free.
    Enjoy the weekend

  3. Beautiful Martina.....enjoy the last week of August Ria x

  4. Hi Martina,
    wonderful botanical paintings ! I love the orange one! Looks so bright!
    Have a great new week,
    Love and hugs and a blessed new week,
    Claudia xo

  5. I can't belive the summer is almost gone! Well, at least the weather is amazing!
    have a great week!

  6. So beautiful...I hope you have a fun and happy week :) xx

  7. love-love-love your art Martina. It just makes me HAPPY!
    sending hugs...

  8. Beautiful and I especially like the subtle green shade of the background.

  9. Oh darling friend, HELLO! Thank you for coming by my blog yesterday! Today I had to go back to our official school meeting and there is SO much to do. I may be late in posting and visiting blogs for about a week or two, until I get my schedule back on track! Thank you for your lovely words and friendship!

  10. Bright colorful and breath taking sketches !

  11. Dearest Martina! Good morning my friend! So good to see your comment and visit. OH I DON'T WANT SUMMER TO END! How about you? I go back to teach on Monday, and today is more work to get started on what I think will be a fun year with students but a challenging one behind the scenes of teaching such as planning, understanding technology more and learning more about my role as an educator. HOw I already long for another walk on the beach....


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