Exciting news - my book is born!!
It will be a week or two yet before it is available online at The Book Depository, Amazon and other online stores.
Everyone who leaves a comment on this post in the next week will go into a draw to win a free copy of my book!!
All of the violas in this photo have since disappeared but I have some others still flowering happily. Today I used this photo for reference for the watercolour and pen sketch below. I can see now that the colour I used for the leaves makes them look a bit anaemic, but I'm very happy with it overall.
I did the one below a couple of days ago from life. I have always known these violas by the common name of Johnny Jump-ups and they are favourites of mine. If my memory serves me right, I once read that they also have another common name which is the longest in the English language - "Meet her in the entry, kiss her in the buttery" How rustically divine is that!?