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!