Saturday, May 3, 2014

Holly branch and berries ~

It seems with every picture I do there is a story...

I had so much fun working on this piece. I was having lunch with my friend, Vickie, and noticed the beautiful hollies she had growing in the foundation plantings around her house. I later went back and she was kind enough to let me snip a couple branches. Wrapping them in damp paper towels and sticking them in a plastic bag, I brought them home. I've had success in the past storing my botanical subjects in the fridge until I was finished with them so that is where it lived for several weeks. It made it through the Christmas season and, finally, I was ready to start the first week of January. (My family was very happy that they would soon not have to navigate around the "plant in the refrigerator" while getting out the milk jug. :) )

It was just the perfect branch. I did nothing to change the composition. I tookmany photos and made color swatches before I started in case I wouldn't finish before the leaves and berries would wilt and fall. Leaves tend to move and change color in the process. As I neared the end of the project I was very thankful for the photos and color notes. But the original holly branch served me well. I was amazed at how long it survived. (You can view the work in progress on my Flickr Photostream.)


  1. The holly painting is lovely and very festive! It'll look great on a Christmas card or on the wall year around!

  2. Thank you Janene, for your nice comments and also for following my blog. It is very much appreciated. :)