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Salvia Study....

I was so excited to paint this beautiful Salvia I bought this year for the garden. There was this purple, a pinkish, a coral and a white.  Usually I find the bright red ones but for some reason these colors just made me fall in love with this plant I normally look over.  I love the petals and how they are nestled inside the bracts.  The fine "crinkles", deeps and valleys drew me in and I was ready!  I drew the intricate drawing in one of my  Stillman and Burn journals (which I love).... 

This is the time I realized my iPhone and iPad have TOTALLY different ideas of what colors a plant should be! Drawing by the larger iPad makes my eyes happier.  I mixed colors and began painting... then the next day I started painting by my iPhone since the iPad was dead.  I was SHOCKED by how different the screens show colors.  It was terrible!  The phone is so much brighter and brilliant colors.  The iPad so dull and boring almost.   That was frustrating but I kept on and figured I could…
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Orangish Cactus Zinnia Study....

I have fallen in love with Zinnias!  I never realized how many varieties there are.... I've grown the "Giant Zinnias" which are as tall as I am.  The little short ones....These here are the "Cactus Zinnias" which are definitely my favorite so far.  

The center is a trouble area for me.... I'm still trying to figure out how to best paint that.  I never noticed the frilly little bits separating layers of petals that are deep red.  It's amazing how intricate and gorgeous a seemingly simple "old-timey" Zinnia is.

The stem looks a little "flat" now that I see it here.  But I really enjoyed painting this one!


Echinacea is a beautiful flower that is fairly easy to grow and produces tons and tons of seeds to share!
 I have about six different varieties from the normal purple one, double pinks, bright red, white, green  and the real frilly kind.... Hopefully next year I'll have an entire row dedicated to this flower.  Lord knows I have plenty enough seeds saved over the past few years. Though, somehow, I have yet to see any "volunteers" or seedlings from dropped seeds.  I just last week planted a little "patch" of mixed Echinacea in my flower cutting garden to see just how the seeds will sprout and can watch them grow better than if they try to come up in beds already full of flowers.... the seeds have yet to sprout after a week! 

But anyway,.... I painted this study in my Stillman and Birn book back a couple of months ago.  Since then, I've taken many photos to carry me through the winter when I decide to paint a more "fully opened" or even better a &qu…

ROSE CLASS (Painting Petals)

Still working on my class by Dianne Sutherland of ROSES.... my rose bushes are blooming beautifully right now although the leaves are looking fairly bad due to a probable disease (which is why I've never grown roses until now anyway..... always getting diseases.....) Ugh!
I've struggled with the inbetween veins on the petals... even though Dianne gives a couple of great videos showing just exactly how to accomplish this... sometimes the knowing and the doing don't come together for me!  That being said,... I am feeling more comfortable as I continue to paint more petals.  I'll continue practicing and with other flower petals even after I turn in this assignment..  I think it's been an amazing thing to make me slow down and  really really look at each little crook and cranny and fold and vein of each petal.  A truly great exercise! 

I've been working like crazy in my flower gardens!  It takes me 1 1/2 hours every day after work to water my flowers if it hasn't rained!!! Talk about a job!  But there are flowers EVERYWHERE and it looks amazing!!! So many to choose from to paint.  I now have over 18,000 photos on my phone.....won't run out of reference material, huh?

"Giant" zinnias have been blooming gorgeously! All colors: pink, salmon, coral, reddish, purple, white, orange, etc.  They are wonderful in vases because they do last several days and the plants get happy and keep re-blooming after you cut a blossom.... I have a hundred maybe in my new "cutting" flower garden (new to this year, I revamped my veggie garden and thanks to Floret Farm I had the nerve and "excuse" to ditch the veggies and make the "cutting" garden.  Which is just rows and raised beds of plants and flower seeds!  I could go on and on about this....).  Anyway, the "Giant" zinnias ar…


I'm taking Dianne Sutherland's new ROSE class!  I'm at the very beginning where she asks us to paint a rose with leaf.  I really enjoyed painting the rose,... took my time, did some drybrush work (which I'm still trying to get the hang of).... on the leaves, I just got off on the wrong colors and went downhill from there.  You can just feel when things aren't going right for unexplainable reasons!

Then the first assignment is to accurately measure and draw the front and back of at least four different rose petals.  Then transfer them to watercolor paper and paint them....easy, right? Nope, not for me.  At least not right now.  I can get the drawing down okay... but then painting them is somehow being very difficult to me.  How can painting one single little petal throw me into a tizzy?


Then the first assignment is to accurately measure and draw the front and back of at least four different rose petals.  Then transfer them to watercolor paper and paint them....ea…


I fell in love with Proteas!  I found a place online (I'll look for it to share) that ships them from Hawaii and they were so healthy and vibrant and lasted about a week in vases!  I took a gazillion photos of them of course and allowed many of them to dry and keep...
I painted this in one of my Stillman and Birn larger notebooks.  It didn't allow me to "lift" color much and the paper didn't stay wet very long like "real" watercolor paper does.... I just like working in a notebook!  It took several days to paint and I'm happy in some places but not so much in others.  But it's a learning process, right?!