We had our first real snow, though perhaps I shouldn't call it real. We didn't have to shovel. But it's still here on the garden and the grass and the rooftops, even if it did melt from the sidewalks. On the one hand I was delighted by the beauty of the snowflakes falling, falling, falling. On the other, the bite of the cold wind against my face on our walks nearly turned me around to run back inside.

Inside it's been nice. Cozy. And I do have my indoor garden. And paintings of it. I'm back to painting houseplant portraits now that I have no more flowers from the outdoor garden.

purple oxalis painting, watercolor oxalis, watercolor houseplant, houseplant portrait, butterflies, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

And imaginary butterflies now that the real ones are gone.

watercolor houseplants, watercolor oxalis, houseplant portrait, houseplant painting, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

The purple leaves of my oxalis plant are one of my favorite things to paint, I think.

I've been crocheting leaves, too, as I work on my next crochet pattern.

fine crochet, crochet, leaf crochet

On a totally unrelated note, this week I (finally) read The Fault in Our Stars. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time. Teenagers with cancer? Depressing? Actually, not at all. I laughed a lot. And yes, cried a bit, too, but in the end felt filled up, not depleted.

I hope you had a good week. Enjoy the weekend!

Oh, and those paintings are available here and here if you're interested.


  1. I wish we had snow! Much better than damp drizzly rain that makes the leaves slippy underfoot! Your paintings just get better and better Anne. I remember when you were just starting out with your watercolours and have loved watching your steady progression. Your crochet leaves look very intricate. I am going to have a look over your crochet pattern tonight and try and have a go at making one of your pretty bracelets. I hope your weekend is full of lovely moments. :-)

  2. What pretty new paintings. We had a dusting this a.m. It melted quickly. The new pattern looks lovely. I've had that book on audio and I don't know if it's the narrators voice or just that I have a hard time believing teens would actually speak that way but I just can't get into it.

  3. I love how you painted the little butterflies in the first painting. Beautiful!


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