Thursday, March 4, 2010


The willow tree by the back stairs is blooming.


You may think it strange, but I spent a half hour studying its hues this morning.

The forms of its blossoms fascinate me, but it's the color I found most captivating today.

I devised a whole palette around just the first photo above.
There is a piece half done in the studio, based entirely on this amazingly citrus-like color scheme. I can hardly wait to finish it.

God shocks me again today, leaving palettes to delight my eyes everywhere I turn. Even on one tiny blossom of the willow bush blooming in the oaken barrel by the back stairs.


Sharon Hermens said...

Wonderful colors Sharyn. Some of my favorite colors are earth tones. They look good on me too.
Sent you a pkg today. Enjoy.

Sharyn Sowell said...

Sharon, how kind of you! Now I will be watching my mailbox with glee... can't wait! Thank you thank you thank you.

Lady Farmer said...

I can hardly wait to see your 'project'! Only a true artist would devise an entire pallet around a willow blossom! It is truly beautiful!

Caroline Simas said...

Absolutely LOVE this color palette and can't wait to see the project too! Also loved talking to you on the phone this week!

Anonymous said...

One of the interesting things about willows is that they are dioecious. Male flowers on one plant and female on another. The male catkins give you those nice color changes as the anthers open up.

Sharyn Sowell said...

Steve is my neighbor, and a very gifted man with plants and soil. He's an amazing organic farmer and one of his most prolific crops is the gorgeous willow his wife Katherine weaves into beautiful organic baskets. Check out or I am a huge fan, Steve! Who but you knows all these fascinating facts about willow? Steve & Katherine are the ones who showed me a very unusual owl and a hummingbird family at their farm~ but more about that on another post soon! Thanks, Steve.

J. Wecker Frisch said...

I agree, devise a pallette, a true artist. Beautiful works and inspiring photos.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Sharon!

I received your wonderful notecards and I just mentioned you on my blog in a "thank you" post that I did for a few give aways thatI recently won.

They are really lovely cards ..thanks so much!

Your willow tree is beautiful. I love the color palatte you made from it. I also enjoyed the prior post when you played with the new lambs with your Mom! That was so special!


Sea Witch said...

Just found you from a long time blog favorite, Pat & Mille Fiori Favoriti. Love that you created an entire pallette from a willow blossom. You wear an artists soul on your sleeve. Sea Witch

Anonymous said...

Palette is interesting because it looks very much like the colors in the 70's split level house we owned many years ago.

It looks much prettier on your palette block and the willow tree than it did on shag carpeting!