Wednesday, August 30, 2017

ECHINACEA

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 "fading and messed up" blossom! 
 I really enjoyed painting this one but I need to focus more on warmer/cooler colors and areas, dry brushing, and so much more!

Monday, July 31, 2017

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! 


back on petal
front of petal

first petals painted and I learned a lot to move forward with on the next three....

This was the most beautiful rose!  Look how crazy interesting just one petal is (not to mentions tricky to paint)!

I haven't added drybrushing and details on the front side yet....

the back side I have begun to add some details... you can really loose yourself almost in a meditative way doing all these little lines....

Monday, July 10, 2017

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 are beautiful and have very detailed centers.  Note: Floret Farm is a gorgeous site with growing info and they have a wonderful book Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden which is just beautiful to look at!


(first base layers)
 I really enjoyed painting this... although the center yellow and pinkish part I'm not satisfied with.... hopefully practice will help with this.



Friday, July 7, 2017

ROSE CLASS

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?

Some petals I was going to practice on...

Terrible lighting but a close up....


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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?
 I must practice and practice!

PROTEA

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?!


Monday, May 8, 2017

As part of my studies for Dianne Sutherland's classes, we have to make a chart with our greens.  I've been dreading it for some reason as I thought it was going to be mundane.  But, I actually really enjoyed it!  I've used the charts many times and want to do more charts with different colors... I don't know why I still have problems with figuring out if colors are cooler or warmer..... Maybe that comes with practice or I think I need to focus and learn more about colors.....   Many blogs have helped me with this... I'll add my favorites as soo as I can find the exact posts.


This white peony surpised me with a bloom within a month or so of planting it in a pot to get an early jump on the spring.  I didn't even think they would bloom the first year you plant them.  How awesome!

It's a frilly little guy.... I'm not that happy with the center.  This is the first study I painted in my new
handmade watercolor journal from Pfeiffer Art Supply.  It has cold press paper which didn't bother me on this study.  But I've tried two other paintings and I feel the paper isn't working for me personally.    So, I'm switching to my Stillman and Birn Zeta mixed media journal for the next work.  That paper agrees with my style more than any other.  I actually already ordered an entire huge sheet of that paper but it doesn't feel the same.  It's smoother than the paper in the actual journal... we'll see how it goes.