Fuschias are one of my favorite flowers. I have overwintered probably ~25 or more. Now's the time of year I need to repot and trim them down. The extra stems I'll put in water or an awesome fertilizer called Eleanoors. I mean it is AWESOME!!! Two tablespoons in a gallon of water - you put the stems in a glass with the mixed Eleanoors and within a week sometimes (two days for coleous to root!) you'll have roots coming out. I'll leave the starts in the glass for months, changing the water/fertilizer mix every so often. My garden friends and I HIGHLY recommend it. Usually they even give a free pint (not sure of the size) with every gallon you buy.
And back to painting stuff.... :) I painted these a few months ago. This fuschia is just beautiful, it's one of the bigger, more frilly bloomers. I enjoyed painting it on the journal paper. It'll be interesting how much better (hopefully) I'll be able to paint them here later on on hot press watercolor paper.
Friday, September 23, 2016
I love roses, as probably most gardeners do but I don't have much luck growing them. So I'm really glad Lowe's likes to grow them for me....! Lots and lots of photos have been taken in the garden center this year. I spent probably two hours drawing the rose on the bottom half and was pretty excited to paint it. A few days after drawing it, I looked for the reference photo and it is nowhere to be seen!!! I have searched and searched on phone, computers and cloud. :( Maybe one day I'll stumble upon it... this was painted on May 29th, 2106 in my journal.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
She is a fun flower to paint. I like the little dots on the left hand petal. This was painted on journal paper as a study so there wasn't much "workability" with the paint as there would have been using watercolor paper.
I guess I'll start mentioning what colors I use. I really appreciate it when I see a painting I love on a blog and the artist was kind enough to say what colors and mixes they used!
(colors used: Quin. magenta + opera rose (then added perm. rose along to that), cobalt violet + opera rose (then added a tad burnt sienna to that), * "Jane's Gray mix" + pinks on palette for the petals.
Sap green + French ultramarine blue (and then added "Jane's Gray mix + burnt sienna + sap green/French ultramarine blue mix from palette),lemon yellow + sap green for leaves and stem.
"Jane's Gray" mix + touch of cobalt violet/opera rose mix from palette in a very pale wash for stamens.)
*"Jane's Gray" mix: equal mix of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna (leaning more towards blue) Jane Blundell is an awesome artist whom has done probably a gazillon watercolor mixes. She has shared them on her site. She has created e-books with her mixes and recommended pallets. I've learned a great deal about colors from her site. Jane Blundell art
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
I loved the fading petals and wanted to try my hand at that. It was good practice in shading and trying different pinks and light red hues. I didn't finish the left over part of the flower when all the blooms fade. I drew all of those little bits and it took a while so I'll go back one day and finish it up. Lowe's is a great place to take photos of roses. That's the one flower I just can't seem to do well with overwintering. A friend has gorgeous peach and yellow roses I've taken a gazillion photos of! I look forward to painting them! I painted this several months ago. There is SOOO much to still learn but I'm enjoying the process very much....
Friday, September 9, 2016
This sketch is of a beautiful dogwood that was in bloom at Lowe's. I loved the reddish hues. If I had a proper place to plant it I probably would have brought it home with me! Instead, I made due with taking many, many photos on a couple of different occasions while buying flowers at Lowe's. Finally, someone bought that lovely tree....
This is a terrible photo, I'll take a better one and replace it. I look forward to repainting these blooms. I painted this many, many months ago.... Hopefully, I'll be able to tell my improvement!
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Fuschias are one of my favorite flowers. I have overwintered probably ~25 or more. Now's the time of year I need to repot and trim the...
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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...