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Happy World Art Day 2021!

Since it’s World 🌍 Art Day here’s a look into how I created my artwork called “Thankful”.

The title of this image was inspired by a quote by an unknown author that I read on the day I took the original image “I fall, I rise, I make mistakes, I live, I learn, I’ve been hurt but I’m alive. I’m human, I’m not perfect but I’m thankful.”

This image won 1st Place in the Alameda County Fair Fine Art Competition for Alternative Process/ Mixed Media Category in 2021. It was also a featured image in the “Images that Excite” Group and the “A Woman’s Touch” Group on Fine Art America.

Step 1 Original Daffodil Bouquet Photo in Natural light 📸

Daffodil Bouquet by Vanessa Thomas

Step 2 Composite of two photos 🌼 Second photo is of dewdrops on a cobweb

Daffodils and Cobwebs Composite by Vanessa Thomas

Step 3 Digital Watercolor Paint effect in Photoshop 🖼

“Thankful” Digital Watercolor by Vanessa Thomas

Post update August 2022- Delighted to announce that this original image has been SOLD to Scott at my “Colors Inside” show! Congrats and I hope it brings you much joy!

Steps in creating “Thankful”

There is always something to be Thankful for!

Daffodils & Muscari: Spring Delights

Northern California is getting lots and lots of rain! It’s glorious news for the drought stricken regions even though there is a lot more rain around than I bargained for!

I have been missing the sunny blue skies but the daffodils and muscari in my garden braved the stormy weather and their appearance reminded me of the Spring delights that await.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Photo 1: Daffodils and bud


Photo 2: Daffodils and cloudy skies


Photo 3: Daffodil on Muscari


Photo 4: Muscari after the rain



Photo 5:Spring Delights


Happy 3rd Anniversary Fables and Flora!

Today my blog is three years old!

Photo 1: Pink Indian Hawthorn

Indian Hawthorn

When I started it I had no idea where this journey would take me. All I knew is that I wanted to share what I cared about. It was an opportunity to document what I see and what moves me.

It is still that today.

Photo 2: Yellow Daffodil dreams

Daffodil 2

Thank you to all my followers who have joined me on this adventure and encouraged me!

May your days be filled with beautiful moments that drive you to live your life with passion!

Photo 3: Blue Muscari


Dilly-dallying with the Daffodils

There is nothing quite like the sight of daffodils in bloom to lift my spirits and make my heart soar! Their delicate yellow heads bowing to greet the day as they dance on their elegant stalks. These lovely specimens are now blooming in my garden – I hope they brighten up your day too!

Photo 1:

Daffodil cluster low res

Photo 2:

Daffodil trio low res

Photo 3:

Single daffodil low res

If these images have moved you, prints can be purchased on FineArtAmerica.

Daffodils delight after rain

The rather rainy weather has brought long awaited relief to the garden and the daffodils seem to be loving it. The full sized daffodils are now also steadily appearing and their sunny shaded petals are adding a splash of colour to the garden.

Photo 1: Daffodil after rain

Daffodil wet 1 low res

Photo 2: Daffodil delight

Daffodil after rain low res

Photo 3: Daffodil patch (small and big)

Daffodil cluster  low res

Photo 4: Daffodil Bud

Daffodil bud  low res

Photo 5: Dreaming daffodil

Daffodil dream low res

Garden Flowers in Wonderland

I recently posted some photos of the miniature daffodils already blooming in the garden and a comment from fellow photography blogger Sophie L then inspired this bit of fun with some of my other flower photos. I have always loved Lewis Carroll’s book Alice in Wonderland and the Disney animated movie was thoroughly enjoyable too.  Since I still have some other flower pics I may do a few more! Thanks for the inspiration Sophie!

Photo 1: Garden of Talking Flowers

Alice flowers low res

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


Dandy Mini Daffodils

The daffodils in our garden cannot wait any longer for Spring. The miniatures are bursting with little blooms, although it took some doing getting low down enough to take some pics!

Photo 1: Dandy mini Daffodils

Daffodils mini 1 low res

Photo 2: A solitary daffodil opening

Daffodils single low res

Photo 3: Mini Daffodils in bloom

Daffodils mini 2 low res

Photo 4: Mini Daffodil dalliances

Daffodils mini 3 low res


Photo 5: Mini Daffodils in the sun

Daffodils mini 4 low res

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