Thursday, November 14, 2013

Holly branch with berries

In watercolors, 18x24 cm
Early last month, when we were walking inside the Arboretum Poort Bulten at De Lutte (Netherlands) I saw a holly plant full of red berries. With christmas season in my mind, I took some pictures of the plant with the intention of using them as reference for a painting which I will use for printing christmas cards. I actually produced two paintings based from the pictures, one is painted in watercolors which is this one above, and the other is in acrylic. I like both versions but I chose the one in acrylic for my christmas cards because of its stronger colors. I will post in this blog later how the card looks like.

These past days I was deeply saddened with what I saw and read from the news about the impact of typhoon Haiyan on the people of the Philippines. Some weather experts considered Haiyan as the strongest typhoon ever landed on earth. I could not imagine how those victims survived the 315 km per hour wind. I just hope and pray that those victims received the necessary help they need so that they will be able to continue hoping for a brighter future. May God bless all of them and also those who are providing help.


  1. A lovely subject that will make a beautiful Christmas card .

  2. Cora - my sentiments exactly concerning the Philippines. As for your watercolor painting - such a beautiful piece of work. This will make a spectacular Christmas card. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely week-end.

  3. Hallo Cora:) Wat lief van je om aandacht te schenken aan de Filipijnen. Verschrikkelijk wat daar gebeurd is. Ik ben heel blij dat wij dit extreme weer nooit meemaken! Best raar dat wij gewoon kerst vieren terwijl dit soort rampen gebeuren.
    Over kerst gesproken: je schilderij is heel mooi geworden. Ik ben benieuwd naar je kaart. Een fijn weekend:)xx

  4. This would also make a lovely card and I'm looking forward to seeing the acrylic version. I too share your feelings concerning the recent events in the Philipines. In the light of the way we sometimes abuse our world, it has been a stark reminder that nature is the true ruler.

  5. Beautiful artwork, Cora.
    the aftermath of the typhoon is very sad. My prayers join yours.xx

  6. Heel mooi werk ! Deze brengt de kerstsfeer al heel dichtbij ...

  7. Lovely card Cora! Happy to find your blog today and I will be back to visit you.

    1. Welcome Helen to my blog. I hope you continue visiting my blog. Thanks for your lovely comments.

  8. Thank you everyone. Your nice comments motivate me more to continue painting.


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