Sunday, October 27, 2013


While I was shopping for Lisianthus at the florist, I was seduced by the most gorgeous hydrangeas. I love these flowers with their big blousy heads in a range of colours from white through pinks to bright turquoise blue - my favourites! After painting the first couple of petals, I began to think that madness might lie in hydrangeas!

Monday, October 21, 2013


Lisianthus - such a delicate flower, unfurling it's petals like a twirling skirt.
Walking to an appointment with my physio, it struck me that these upright flowers might lend themselves to a different format ........
After receiving several enquiries, I am working on having my artwork produced as prints and cards - more info coming soon.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Cymbidia Orchids

Continuing with the floral theme this week, I've had a flush of pink in my palette from painting a commission of cymbidia orchids. It's such a joy when someone reaches out and asks you to paint a picture for them. This is the first of two commissions I have lined up.

A couple of warm-up exercises to test out shades of pink .........

Sunday, October 06, 2013


There is something about these plants that I love - but I can't decide if it is the colour of spiky blue flowers or the silvery grey and green foliage.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Sand dunes

While we were in Denmark a few years ago, I was struck by the beauty of the sand dunes. I have found few landscapes more peaceful than the undulating sand with whispy grasses blowing gently in the sea breeze, shadows playing on the pale sand. I took a number of photos and then forgot about them as life ploughed on with it's distractions. Wanting to find a way back into artwork I was searching through my photos looking for something that would inspire me and came across a number from that day on the beach - the painting that followed is a mixture of fact and fiction.
"Dunes" - Watercolour
all artwork is copyright of Anita Murphy 2006/2007/2008/2009