Tuesday, August 23, 2016

This is the book I mentioned of Marilena Pistoia's work.  I didn't have any flowers blooming (this was probably early March) so I decided to paint one of her pictures again.  Trying to figure out shadows and color mixes.... It's a good way to learn if I can't take any classes in real life.  Now I have a myriad of colorful snapdragons blooming and photographed for later painting! 

Monday, August 22, 2016

This study is one of Anna Mason's tutorials.  I'm too "scared" to do them on "real" watercolor paper.  I painted this one in my journal on mixed media paper.  It does okay but you definitely don't get any of the perks you get with watercolor paper.... being able to "lift" or mix colors as easily before the paper quickly dries.     But I keep thinking how awesome it's going to be when I finally DO get the  nerve to paint on real watercolor paper!

Magnolia blossoms

One day in very early spring (maybe Easter Sunday if I remember correctly), I dropped my brother off at his house and saw the gorgeous magnolia in full bloom!  It was supposed to frost that night so I took photos like a wild woman!  The thought of the frost killing all those beautiful blooms stressed me out so badly!  The magnolias in this study is of my Uncle Mark's (whose house I went to that same day and took photos of his trees in bloom).  My brother's magnolia is solid white .... the purple ones here are of my Uncle's blossoms. 

The second study is out of one of Billy Showell's books.  She's an incredible artist and instructor.  I've learned a great deal from watching her videos.  She shares a new one every other Monday.  Her books (especially the newest one) are AWESOME!!! The latest book is probably the greatest book written about botanical watercolor. I have bought many, many, many books this year to help me on my journey into botanical art so I feel okay saying I truly believe this book is the best (I'm a HUGE fan of Anna Mason - her work is more my style and her book is wonderful, too.)  EVERYTHING is covered and every page is full of something new to learn.  I mean it is AWESOME!
Both artists have the best personalities and both are truly inspiring.  It would be a dream come true to actually get to attend one of their classes in person!  One day......

Sunday, August 21, 2016


I was lucky last January to have a geranium I overwintered to bloom.  It was snowing outside and was painting a beautiful flower! Happy, happy, happy!  If only my study could have depicted the beauty as well.  So, I look forward to painting the flower again....

Friday, August 19, 2016


MARILENA PISTOIA is (was) an amazing botanical artist.  (will go home and get name of the book) ,,I bought one of her books off Amazon for a ridiculous small amount of money.  It's a huge book with gorgeous paintings!  I figure a great way to learn is by learning how the masters do it!

So, again, this is a study I've painted of Marilena Pistoia's work.  It is NOT my original idea!  I don't want anyone thinking I'm claiming it as my own. I enjoy trying to figure out how to match colors of other work with my own color mixes.

This one was also done back in January..... 
Well, it's been a while since I've been on here.  My passion flowers have dwindled down in numbers which saddens me. 

It's been about 13 years or so since I've painted at all.  The last painting I did was of my Granny of her watering her flowers.  After completing that painting, I pretty much lost interest in watercolors and the frustration of trying to "figure out" what I wanted to paint next.  I don't know why I felt like I had to only create actual paintings.... the love of creating and experimenting just wasn't there.  Painting had become a chore. 

I still had my love for flowers. 

My Granny became very ill and passed away this last January.  It was during a blizzard so I was stuck at home for a couple of days.  For some reason, I decided to read the botanical art books sitting on my shelves gathering dust.  I had bought them because I originally wanted to do botanical art digitally but never got around to it.   Well, after an hour of reading, I was immediately on a new path.  Day two, I got out my watercolor paints and I haven't missed but maybe two days painting since that day.

It's crazy that the last painting I completed was on of my Granny.... and it took the week of her passing to bring that love of watercolors back to me.  Only I've never felt like this before.  I'm hooked!  Now, I enjoy my flowers even more so because I know I'm growing them for the end result of painting them.  I have over 6,000 photos of flowers on my phone alone!  

Mom said Granny would be happy to know that I'm back into painting.  Only, I realize just how bad I really was!  I've already seen  much improvement in the past eight months.  They say 15 minutes practice every day is what it takes to become good at something. 

So, these are all my sketches and studies.  I've yet to work on an actual painting but I just am loving the stress free feeling of learning new techniques and figuring out color mixes.   I want a place to save all of sites I find to read and learn from other botanical artists...
I'll try to take a better pic... this one is of HYACINTH.  I wanted to try my hand at painting a bulb.  Not so good.  This one is the first study and was painted back in January.  I can't believe the difference I see already with my work.  Thank goodness!


I was looking forward to painting this zinnia because of all the different pink hues and especially the brown faded splotches!  I figured...