Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

Blooming Iris’

Posted on: June 17th, 2014 by jmbroekman 8 Comments

And the studio is inhabitable

I have and have not moved back into my studio, and after a few years of not picking up an oil paint brush, that’s the first thing I’ve done. Once that mess begins, it spills over everywhere, including into sketchbooks!

Below: first days of the month; after two weeks in the studio; current book.


Spring Flower Drawings

Posted on: June 1st, 2014 by jmbroekman 2 Comments


It has been a cold, wet and late spring in Maine, yet the flowers like faithful friends continue to poke out of the ground and smile in our direction. And I have finally begun moving back into my studio – notwithstanding that I still have some work to do to complete the renovation. It’s done enough; and yesterday one very cool made-for-me table was installed (a big shout out and thank you to John Farrell of Figures of Speech Theatre for that). So today, despite homasote that needs paint, and a window that needs glazing, for the first time in what felt like an eternity, I spent time with artists colors in my brand new studio. It is thrilling (and somewhat terrifying if I am to be honest). Soon I will post pictures of the new space, and hopefully in not too long new paintings!


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!

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?!