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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......
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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…

COLUMBINE STUDY ON STONEHENGE HOTPRESS WATERCOLOR PAPER.....

Mom gave me seeds from one of her many Columbines and I planted them late in the fall 2016.... come Spring of this year I had these gorgeous blooms brightening up my shady spots.  This one is a very compact, tightly formed blossom.  Noting the pale greenish petals with slightly pinkish tips I fell in love!  (If anyone would like any seeds leave me a message, I've been sharing them with seed traders on FaceBook)....

And I'm VERY EXCITED about the paper I painted this study on.... I've tried every hot press watercolor paper I can find and was pretty content with Canson's HERITAGE paper.  It was helpful with drybrush work (which I find tricky still yet) but the only problem I had was it's difficult to get a crisp, straight edge.  But then I learned about STONEHENGE papers which is even made in the USA (awesome!).....  It was a little more expensive but comes in a longer size than other papers I usually buy.  Let me tell you,.... i'm in LOVE with STONEHENGE!  This …

JAPANESE CHRYSANTHEMUM

This Japanese Chrysanthemum was purchased last year at my local Food Lion Grocery store (all of a sudden they began carrying more and more interesting flowers... including a Mendivilla which was only $25.00.  Usually they sell for around $40 on Logee's website).  Unfortunately, the plant didn't survive the overwintering indoors and I haven't been able to find any chrysanthemums that look anything like this one.  Note: I did find some 'Spider Chrysanthemum" seeds on eBay from overseas and amazingly enough, some have already sprouted under grow lights!!!!

I've been eyeing the photos I took and finally got the nerve to begin the drawing.  The bright, almost neon colors stumped me so I decided to ask on the Botanical Artists FaceBook group for suggestions.  


SECOND GO ROUND FOR MY PURPLE SALVIA... THE "CRINKLES"....

Deciding I need to work more on "crinkles",.. I revisited the previous purple SALVIA study I worked on many months ago.  I drew this on a different paper than the Stillman and Burn sketchbook I had painted the first one on. Also, this time I painted the study by looking at a photo on my iPhone instead of the iPad because the IPad seems to show much duller colors than in real life  (the iPhone photo is a brighter and pinkier purple).

It still isn't finished but you can tell the uppermost and middle parts are more complete.  The further along I painted the better I felt about the study.  I decided to stop where I was and leave it to come back at a later date.  I want to practice and try to learn more my own techniques for "crinkles".... The biggest thing I have to remind myself is to paint the "negative" space around the raised "crinkly parts" instead of the actual crinkle itself...  Some people this comes so natural and easy to.... I WILL ge…

TULIP POPPIES

Poppies are a big time favorite of mine and have been for years.  Which bums me out that I have the worst luck growing them from seeds!  I've bought so many different packs of seeds from different varieties and online nurseries... I must be doing something wrong!  This coming spring will be the "year of the poppies" in my garden.  I'm determined to have them everywhere!!!!

Luckily, though, this past spring my local nursery had one "Tulip" variety as an annual and as soon as I saw them I snatched up almost all of the two trays!  And it's crazy, but I had so many plants to plant that I procrastinated and just kept them in their little 4 inch pots for weeks. Finally, I planted about half of the poppies in various locations in the garden hoping to let them go to seed and come up where ever they might find it happiest next year.  I planted the other half several weeks later.  It's crazy the difference in growth between the two sets!!!  The ones first in …