As I write this I have a nearly-1-year-old and a 2.5 year old. Needless to say, my studio painting time is RARE. Which is why it was such a treat to spend 4 days painting recently – a birthday gift to me from my very kind husband.

I painted a peony flower and a clematis flower. Both PINK,  both very BIG, and of course, both in watercolour.

Here are time-lapses showing them bloom into life on the paper:

I hope this inspires you to have a go at painting BIG. For tips on that, check out this video


Happy painting,

  1. Mary 3 years ago

    That was fabulous!

  2. carmela Aquilia 3 years ago

    Sono stupendi… Sei una super ARTISTA

  3. Susan Mitchinson 3 years ago

    Wow Anna! They are beautiful and you make it look so easy.

    I hope you have a very happy birthday in spite of teething troubles.

    If you haven’t got through all of your Birthday present yet, have lots more fun painting

    Best wishes


  4. Anne Occi 3 years ago

    Love the scale – such fun!
    Happy Birthday from my lock-down…

  5. linda wurmlinger 3 years ago

    thank you .I consider you among the best there is your teachings are so great.

  6. Janice 3 years ago

    Happiest of Birthdays to you. Thank you also for extending the sale on a 6 month subscription! I hope your day has been very blessed.

  7. Sue Farmer 3 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful! A very Happy Birthday Anna!

  8. Robin 3 years ago

    Inspirational — You did all of that in four days? Happy Birthday.

  9. Pam 3 years ago

    Beautifully done!! What a great birthday gift. Days in which you can do something for yourself with little ones is often rare.

  10. Wow, that was cool! I am not sure I could paint things quite that big. The larger they are the more paper there is to cover – not sure this old body of mine would take it from a physical perspective, but it’s fun to see you do it. You do such a great job of keeping your site relevant and interesting Anna! Thank you so much and again, Happy Birthday, you are a big blessing in my life!

  11. Abida 3 years ago

    Happy Birthday Anna it’s nice that you got four days just for painting flowers are beautiful little ones are cute have lots of fun and happy lick down

  12. Elizabeth 3 years ago

    What a wonderful & thoughtful husband you have! These paintings are stunning, as always!
    Wishing you a very happy birthday!

  13. RedTail 3 years ago

    Thank you Anna for sharing your birthday fun – I don’t think I would have been able to even start painting in watercolor without your teaching and inspiration. Thank you Anna. Think of 40 as liberating!

  14. bevh39 3 years ago

    Very impressive Anna. This is something I would like to try sometime when I have more experience with water colors. How wonderful for you to have that time given to you for a special Birthday. We all appreciate your constant concern and care for our wellbeing and giving us tips to combat the trials that life can throw our way.
    A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY and may you and your family keep safe in this terrible lock down in the U>K>.

  15. Karin Lendle 3 years ago

    Dear Anna,
    this video helped me a lot. Thank you so much.

  16. Ximena Sheldon 3 years ago

    What a great birthday present! It gave you time to enjoy four full day’s of painting and the results were beautiful!!

  17. Brenda 3 years ago

    Wonderful Anna. Love your classes. It is my dream to paint big. I see that you also used size 8 and 11 brushes. I can’t find them at Jackson’s art supplies or Rosemarys. Is there an equivalent that I can buy please?

  18. stephanie Fenske 3 years ago

    Hope your birthday was a fabulous day & celebrate , this is your birthday month, enjoy it
    Many Blessings wished for you & your family ✨Thanks for sharing your beautiful talent & art

  19. Brenda Byrne 3 years ago

    Apologies Anna. I found the link for bigger brushes etc on the hollyhock link.

  20. Catalina Anghel 2 years ago


  21. Chandra Khiani 2 years ago

    Beautiful colours & realism
    Love these flowers

  22. Marsha Close 2 years ago

    Belated Happy Birthday! Have a truly Blessed year…. I want to try one of those large projects soon.

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