Painting of the Week – How Does Your Garden Grow

Let Poetry Inspire You

Let Poetry Inspire You

The fourth was certainly a fun weekend. We saw family and friends from both sides and enjoyed our new granddaughter. Isabella is pretty as a doll, but a very real & precious person. She just learned to sit up and joyfully entertained everyone.

How Does Your Garden Grow? was inspired by the famous Mother Goose rhyme. The poem reads:

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells & cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.”

The painting was created to feature the flower Cleome for my “Where’s Petunia?” book. I have no idea what cockle shells are, so I painted in conch shells I saw in Grand Cayman. The pretty maids are my daughters and three neighbor girls.

My funny experience with this one was I couldn’t find my Cleome photographs. Realizing they were blooming in my garden, I went outside and painted them from life. Paul had just sprayed for spider mites, “years ago”.  It was a beautiful day, no bugs at all, perfect temperature and was my favorite Plein air experience ever. I went gaga looking and then said to myself “Focus on the Flowers, Ellen!” The girls were fit in later.







 Please mark your calendars for the:

Downtown Street Fair on Broadway, in Fargo, ND

July 15-17th

Thursday & Friday 10:00 am to 9 pm & 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday 

I’ll be sending out information on my specials next week.


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