A cup of flowers.

Here's my latest small watercolour of flowers in a mug. What wonderful things the hellebores are, they look so delicate and yet they're one of the first, out above the frosty ground in all weathers. Often my first paintings of the year are inspired by the catkins outside the studio window or the daily walk past snowdrops on my way to feed the hens. There's something very pleasing about flowers in a mug, I think for artists it's the contrast between the symmetry and straight lines of a mug or cup and the random loosness of flowers and foliage. We all love to pop a few gathered snowdrops or primroses into a little cup, then up on a window sill or on the kitchen table, a reassurance on cold days that all is waking up in the garden and spring is on the way.

mariette voke