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Since winter is coming, as they used to say on Game of Thrones, here is Signs of Spring! OK, I know, it’s the wrong time of year for painting crocuses, but is that really a problem?

Please note that I don’t paint flowers often. As a matter of fact, this is the first floral painting I’ve tackled in quite a while.

Finding the crocuses

Anyway, I photographed these violet crocuses while wandering around the famous Alnwick Garden, in Northumbria, England. It’s a wonderful place to visit. My wife and I were staying in nearby Seahouses for a few days – a birthday treat for me. It was mid-March and the flowers had just opened up in morning sunlight. They were close to the ground and it was just by chance I noticed them. Their violet, yellow and green hues were vivid and at that time of year there wasn’t a lot of colour around. Intrigued for a moment, I took out my camera, snapped them and moved on.

Painting Signs Of Spring: colour contrast

That was five years ago. Trawling through my excessively large stock of digital photos recently, I found the crocuses – again, just by chance. I needed to zoom in to appreciate the colourful display that had caught my attention all that time ago. The main thing, really, was the strong colour contrast between the violet petals and the yellow/orange stamens. Seeing that I had the basis for a decent painting, I cropped the photo and got on with the job.

In Signs Of Spring, the crocuses are probably bigger than they were in real life. I omitted two flowers and some tiny weeds for a better composition. I also darkened the areas of bare dirt, which looked flat and grey in the photo. That helped to give more emphasis to the petals. Otherwise, I kept the treatment simple and tried not to go into too much detail.

The pop

As I often do when I’m concentrating on a colour contrast, I left one of the key colours (here, the yellow/orange) to the very end. There was no technical reason for doing that. I just enjoy getting the full effect of the contrast – what people call the ‘pop’ – at the last moment.

Would you like to buy this painting?

This original watercolour painting, Signs Of Spring, is available for sale, unframed. Terms and Conditions apply.


The size is 8.5 x 11.8 inches, or 21.5 x 30 centimetres.


The materials are Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours on Daler & Rowney 140lb (300gsm) Langton Prestige Cold Pressed (Not) watercolour paper, which is a professional-quality paper.


The price is UK £75.00.

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I’m prepared to sell this painting not just to buyers in the UK, but also to residents of the following countries*: Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of America.

There’s no extra charge for shipping (postage and packing), but remember, the painting will be unframed. It’s up to you as the buyer to get it framed the way you want it.

*To the best of my knowledge, none of these countries will charge import duty on the painting.


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