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Nature Watercolor by Alice Flynn

Dragonfly and bee Rocky Mountain scene in Montana

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Flowers In The Midst Of Winter

Drawing of petunias in the flower bed of the Feathered Pipe Ranch.  Venus Velvet #2 in sketchbook by Alice Flynn

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Nature Watercolor Illustration

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Sparrows and Bees

Watercolor from my nature series is available on items at Society6.

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Spring, Please Hurry

If  you live in a part of the world that has long winters, like I do, the longer days and melting snow have you yearning to see tulips and daffodils.  This is a scene I imagined and painted in watercolor.  … Continue reading

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Gift Ideas For The Nature Lover

This Rocky Mountain nature watercolor is a painting I initially created for a souvenir tee shirt manufacturer.  It’s a timeless design for people who love nature.  Now I offer it on numerous gift items online, like jewelry, mugs, shirts, tiles, … Continue reading

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Solitude, The Pasture Tree, My Art On Zatista

The livestock graze beneath trees in the pastures, shaping them in to rounded lollipops.  The painting of this lone tree is titled Solitude. Dimensions are 11 inches by 14 inches. Solitude is one of a group of works on canvas … Continue reading

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Beatrix Potter, a sweet birthday tribute

The blog “Old-Fashioned Charm” posted a sweet tribute to Beatrix Potter on her birthday, July 28.  The blog includes charming old photos of Ms. Potter herself. View here: CLICK Beatrix Potter photos. Old-Fashioned Charm is a blog written by Laurie … Continue reading

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Tom Paxton’s Born on the Fourth of July

I woke up early this morning, to clear bright skies and cool shade in my garden.  Picking a fresh bouquet of daisies for the vase in the kitchen, I began thinking for some reason of Viet Nam, and how that … Continue reading

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Natural Red, White and Blue

These red, white and blue flowers are one of many group plantings around my house. Have a safe and fun Independence Day weekend, everyone.

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Rocky Mountain Watercolor

This watercolor illustration of mountains, wildflowers, butterflies, and other natural elements was created for a souvenir gift manufacturer.  It was sold mostly in Colorado on tees, mouse pads and mugs. The wildflowers include hare bells, columbine, lupine, Indian paintbrush, and … Continue reading

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Bees, butterflies, dragonflies and petroglyphs

Again, a watercolor illustration designed for a souvenir tee shirt client – it has many of my favorite elements, bee, dragonfly, wild flowers and petroglyph.

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Save the bees!

Bees, the great pollinators… every large commercial bee keeper in Montana travels to California and other states with hives for pollination, according to Montana Ag Live.  I enjoy watching this Montana PBS call in program that discusses agriculture and gardening … Continue reading

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Butterfly and thistle

This is one of my favorite small paintings from my nature series of watercolors.  The texture of the thistle was satisfying to paint with spikes, highlights and shadows, and the cushion of flower in bloom that attracts butterflies. This illustration … Continue reading

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Thistles – weeds or habitat?

Thistles can be invasive weeds that destroy natural habitat and they can be supportive plants in their native locations that feed birds, butterflies, moths and bees. This is a watercolor from my nature series (see previous posts for more).  I … Continue reading

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Thunder and Lightning

We had a bit of hail, heavy rain and thunder and lightning today.  Pretty typical weather, but I’m always wary of larger hail that will pulverize the gardens. This painting is of storm clouds rolling over the peaks of the … Continue reading

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Dragonflies – Love Them

Dragonflies are mesmerizing.  Their transparent wings, the colors, the speed of flight, hovering… I love to watch them. I’ve created many designs and paintings over the years with the subject of dragonflies.  This mandala of four dragonflies and a blue … Continue reading

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The Wonder of Bees

The first flowers that bloom abundantly here in this high mountain Montana town are the dandelions.  Home owners curse them, mow them, dig them, poison them, and in general try to rid the lawns of them. I generally tolerate the … Continue reading

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More fun watching Western tanagers

The day has been cold, rainy and windy, but these four male Western tanagers have persisted at the bird feeders.  There are also several female tanagers, some chickadees and sparrows, as well as a grackle and a flicker at the … Continue reading

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Western tanagers, nature watercolor illustrations

The Western tanager migration through Montana in the spring is one of my favorite experiences in bird watching every year. As part of my watercolor nature series, this painting illustrates the Grand Teton mountains, a male Western tanager, a moose, … Continue reading

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