Given the forecast for rain today, we decided to go indoors. The Assiniboine Park Conservatory is always a great place to go. Right now, it is filled with tulips, primulas, daffodils and other spring flowers. They also had a nice wooden wheelbarrow overflowing with potted plants in the entrance.
We both sketched and painted with watercolor today. We started at 9:00am when the Conservatory opens and painted until noon. This is the longest we've been out yet and it was nice to have more time to paint. The staff were fantastic. They were very conscious of what we were painting and tried to stay away from those areas even though they were busy trying to pull plants out.
At the start of our painting session, it was extremely quiet with no one about except one young woman preparing for a "workshop" that morning. It got quite busy mid-morning with several groups wandering and admiring the flowers. We also had one person taking photographs, including some of us ... darn, too bad my hair was such a mess! Oh well ... as my husband always says, you're an artist and musician meaning it doesn't matter what you look like.
Below are a few photographs of our subject matter and some of our sketches. It was a very productive morning. Our next outing will be LaBarriere Park Thursday morning.
|A profusion of flowers and color|
|Paperwhites surrounded by Pansies|
|Tulips and Columbines|
Wheelbarrow overflowing with flowers