Posts Tagged ‘watercolors’


Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by jmbroekman 6 Comments

Daffodils (again) for my sister.

Nine years and still counting, grieving and wondering.

Nine years and still missing you as much as ever.

It snowed last night, but the sun is shining today. The purple crocuses bloom right on schedule – they always pop their bright little heads out of the ground just in time for me to light a candle for Kukla. This year there are more of them than ever before. They are begging me to smile despite what this day represents and brings into the forefront of my mind. I’ll do my best.

Photo below, about 1 week after Kukla’s 3rd birthday. What a look!


The Joy of Flowers

Posted on: January 26th, 2014 by jmbroekman 4 Comments

Un bel mazzo di fiori

I had almost forgotten how lovely it is to have a beautiful vase of flowers on my desk. Especially in the short grey days of winter. And here is where FaceBook proves a good thing. I had a brief FB exchange with Amy, a good friend who runs a flower business (Pretty Flowers), and a photographer with whom she collaborated (check out the photographer’s blog entry about the collaboration here). Someone in this exchange suggested that I should paint Amy’s flowers, to which I responded that I loved the idea. Lo and behold Jay & Amy came for dinner, and she appeared with the loveliest of purple and yellow and green, and even some blue hydrangea in a vase of flowers. Such welcome inspiration – even as the blooms quickly fade away.

I am patiently waiting for both the cold dark days to give way to spring, and to finally have a working studio again. Patience being the operative word. In the meantime, my office is still a chaotic mess, and I am making daily drawings in a sketchbook that reminds me in quality and size of the old orange covered ones I used growing up!

Swan’s Island Sketchbook

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013 by jmbroekman


We had the great good fortune to spend the better part of last week with our friends from New Jersey who were vacationing on Swan’s Island. For those of you who have never heard of Swan’s Island, there’s probably good reason. It is up near Acadia, a 45 minute ferry ride from Bass Harbor; once there, you are stranded with almost nothing to do. Just one tiny general store that mostly sells lottery tickets and potato chips. But lobster can be bought right off the boat, and there is plenty of hiking and exploring to be done. Perfect for unplugging and slowing down in a big way.

These are the pages of my little sketchbook that I brought with me and filled up in various spots on the island (the last one was done on the ferry ride back to Mount Desert). We had a lovely time, and are very grateful to Shirley and David, for inviting us. And though Labor day has come and gone, and it is time to get to work, I refuse to call this the end of summer. Next up, I’m hoping for the work to begin on my studio renovation.


My Left Hand

Posted on: July 16th, 2013 by jmbroekman 3 Comments


Drawing with my non-dominant hand

By necessity, I have been drawing with my left hand. Even though I don’t play tennis, I somehow (was it the cello practice?) developed a wicked case of tennis elbow, that required a cortisone shot, and some mandatory rest of my right arm. Being the stubborn (or tenacious, however you want to call it) person that I am, I refused to let that stop me from my daily practice of drawing the flowers around me. The three drawings above are of a gloxinia plant that my friend Marcy gave me many many years ago. It continues to bloom several times a year, and just when you think it really is dead for good, it shows signs of life. Can someone clue me in to the lesson in that?!

Summer Solstice Flowers

Posted on: June 21st, 2013 by jmbroekman


More sketchbook drawings

Summer is officially here. While I mourn the reversal this solstice brings – days getting shorter (albeit slowly, thankfully), I do celebrate the extended warmer days of summer. The late afternoon light, which lingers until after 8:00 casts lovely long shadows across the fields around here. The flowers are blooming right on schedule. Iris’, peonies, evening primrose. The gardens are a riot of color. So welcome after the long grey winter! A few more drawings are on my FB page: JMBroekmanArtandDesign.