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ECHINACEA study....

Echinaceas are such interesting flowers.... I never realized how many varieties there are until the past couple of years,  The most common one is a purple but then there is also pink, orange, red and even "double" varieties that are soooo pretty! I've kept seeds from all the many ones I grew last year and hope to have them come up all over the garden!  Everywhere would be just fine with  me!


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SALVIA STUDY....

Salvias are lovely, intricate blossomed flowers  and some are even perennial in my garden! Bees and hummingbirds really enjoy the tiny little openings of each bloom.  At this point in my studies I decided I need to stop just painting and going with the flow and just hoping I might pick up on something new.... which has been working okay!  But now is the time to focus on certain aspects of a flower or certain techniques.  Like "crinkles" and "folds".... I wanted to show the "circles" on the bracts (I think they are called).... Why not try some masking fluid? So that's technically a "new" "technique".....



CARNATION STUDY

I found some beautiful flowers at Walmart (probably gearing up for Valentine's Day) which included this very pretty carnation.  I fell in love with the stripey red marks..... I kept the bouquet on my table where I paint.  From where I sat I could see the undersides of the blooms and I just thought they were really interesting.  This is also the time I decided to work more on color charts....
  *I see now how "yellowish" one of the bulbs in my lamps are..... what a difference between the photos!




A frustrating study on purples for an IRIS....

Never have I yet to have had such a time with a study as I did with this little purple iris! The main problem was trying to find the perfect bluish/purple (and especially to show the light shining through the top petal).... The search for the perfect purple led me on mission that involved color theory books, asking the experts on FaceBook Botanical groups and a lot of mixing and playing with colors...

Deciding I needed to figure out which blues of mine are "warm" and which are "cool",.... I did a color chart so I'll know for the future.  This will be very helpful in mixing purples because I learned the only way to get the really bright brilliant purples I was needing is to mix reds and purples that are close together on the color wheel (perfect example is Ultramarine Blue and Quinacridone Magenta makes the prettiest brightest purples)...

This is advice from FaceBook by LEE ANGOLD: "Which colors to mix depends on the vibrancy you are looking to achieve.  …

FOUND A GREAT WATERCOLOR BLOG!

Well, I'm truly aggravated right now!  For two evenings I've been trying to find the perfect purple/blue for an iris I want to do a study on as it opens up!  It's made me realize I need to do more color charts!  I'm write more about this after while but in searching for help on mixing purples I found this great blog.  Lots of information and seems like a cool person!


SCRATCHMADE JOURNAL

She had a wonderful tutorial on how to do your own color chart (there are a gazzilion YouTube videos on how to but I like hers and she has a link to download a color chart to get you started...)
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN WATERCOLOR MIXING CHART

And I'll be back......

FINAL STUDY OF 2017 OF A BEAUTIFUL DAHLIA!!!!

This DAHLIA is a beauty!  Drawing all the many petals becomes very zen like.... I think of nothing else other than where each line meets the next and the complete focus it takes to not get lost amongst all those petals!  It's a joy!  And then comes the figuring out the color mixes part... which can take as long as the drawing part of the process.  It's also one of the parts where I tend to learn the most.... and usually when I ask for advice from the experts in Botanical groups on facebook!  Thank goodness everyone is so willing to help....
 This is the last study for 2017.... I felt the year ended on a wonderful note..... I've learned such a great deal this year and have grown with each study.  I hope to continue learning.... and growing..... and enjoying this life!

"TOUCH-ME-NOTS" AND HIMALYAN IMPATIENTS AND STONEHENGE PAPER

Impatients or "Touch-me-nots" are a garden favorite and one my Granny always had growing.  I remember she asking us not to touch the flowers or better yet the "seedpods".  Of course as soon as she'd turn away we'd sneak a little finger touch on one of the pods and they would 'EXPLODE"!  Seeds going everywhere (anywhere but in her seed packets to save for next year)!   I think payback happened this year as I tried to very carefully collect my own seeds from this HIMILAYAN IMPATIENT that I bought from Annie's Annuals.  I had never heard of it before but was really impressed with it.  It grew up as tall as I am and stunning purple blossoms all over it.  I'm looking forward to painting it as soon as I get the NERVE!  Collecting the seeds was a challenge as they flew all over the deck and down the cracks! 

A big thing happened with this study..... it's the first study I painted on Stonehenge hotpress paper. Like I mentioned on the Columbin…