Monday, October 17, 2016

Orchids Study

My Mom has SO many orchids growing and usually several blooming at any time.  I tried my hand at them for one year but just this week I loaded up 75% of my orchids and gave them to Mommy!  She can babysit them and let me know when they are going to bloom..... UGH!

This first painting is of one (this is my version of her painting ) of Marelena Pistoia's paintings in the great big book I mentioned before that I got for dirt cheap on Amazon and is AWESOME!  Before I found all these wonderful artists willing to give lessons online.... I had no other way of learning other than painting by other artist's work.  I was hoping to learn somehow by just doing....... So, I hope it's okay that I post this.  Her painting is by FAR SUPPERIER. 

(I'll add color mixes here shortly)

This study is of an orchid I actually did have bloom at my house.  It's a really neat little bloomer with a long stem and many of these orange blooms all down the stem.  It bloomed for quite awhile as well. 

I enjoyed painting this study.  Sometime I hope to do a painting with the stem and many blooms! 
(I hope to take a better more well lit photo.  Then I'll also add the color mixes used)....

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Oriental Poppy

just LOVE poppies.... they are one of my favorite flowers! The delicate petals can be difficult to portray.   It was Mother's Day this past year when while I was heading to her house, Mom called and told me she had seen some of these orange poppies blooming on a little hill near a florist.  They were growing wildly and in our opinion, they needed a new home! :)          

I immediately grabbed my nice yellow digger from Lowe's that is so heavy it quickly digs up anything with a couple of swings!   I really should have one in my car at all times!  I took many photos and then proceeded to dig away.  The dirt had so many leaves and roots which made it difficult to dig the poppy's roots properly.  

I painted this one in my sketchbook and then months later I went back and darkened some areas.  I worked on the "crinkles" a little more.  The center isn't how I'd wish I could have painted it.  But in time, I'll get there....  It took quite a lot of time to choose orange mixes that make me happy!  

Color mixes: (there a lot of them.... from top to bottom, here we go...) Buff (D.S.) + Pyrrol Scarlet (D.S.) and then also added to the mix Hansa Yellow Medium (D.S.), Hansa Yellow Medium (D.S.) + Quin Rose (D.S.), Hansa Yellow Med. (D.S.) + Pyrrol Scarlet (D.S.), Translucent Orange (Schmincke) + Scarlet Lake, Translucent  Orange (Schmincke) + French Vermillion (Sennelier), Cadmium Orange + Perm Rose and then added the next mix together, the next mix is Garnet Lake (Maimeri Blue) + Perm. Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine + Perm. Alizarin Crimson, Translucent Orange (Schmincke)+ Anthraquinoid Red (D.S.), Pyroll Scarlet (D.S.) + Quin Rose, Red Orange (Sennelier) +French Vermillion (Sennelier), Hansa Yellow Medium (D.S.) + French Vermillion (Sennelier), Lemon Yellow (Sennelier) + Red Orange (Sennelier) - made for a nice "glaze" over top of the petals, Sap Green + Olive Green, Phtalo Green light (Sennelier) + Forest Green              That was a bunch and it took a while to figure out the mixes but now I have them in my sketchbook for later when I need to figure out a hue! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Echinacea or "Corn Flower" is a hardy, kind of cottagey looking flower which goes to seed like CRAZY!  If all goes well, they will bloom year after year and the seedlings will surprise you all over the garden (and the neighbors, and the next state over... lol)! 

I have deep purple, white, orangey and pinky ones.  This is the first year I didn't "dead head" the blooms as soon as the blossoms were spent.  I happened upon the white one which was fading into brown and had splotches missing from it.  It was love at first site!  Julia Trickey is an amazing artist who also has videos showing some of her techniques.  She has painted several large paintings of flowers being way long faded and they are STUNNING!  I love her style which inspired me to paint these studies....
Color mixes used:  on top flower: cobalt violet + quin magenta, opera rose, opera rose + permanent rose, opera rose + quin rose (D.S.) + tad of scarlet lake and then also added perm alizarin crimson to that mix, sap green (W.N.), sap green + French ultramarine blue and then also added perm alizarin crimson to that mix.
for bottom flower: cadmium orange + French ultramarine blue, quin magenta + cadmium pale yellow + French ultramarine blue, French ultramarine blue + perm alizarin crimson, winsor blue green shade + lemon yellow, perm. mauve + raw umbe (D.S.), sap green + olive green, lemon yellow, lemon yellow + quin gold (D.S.), then two mixes of (sap green + olive green) and (lemon yellow + quin gold (D.S.)) both added together, quin gold (D.S.) + cadmium orange, Botanical Gray mix (see notes), cadmium red deep + cobalt blue, + cadmium pale hue, perm rose + cobalt blue + cad pale hue, lemon yellow + cad red deep + winsor blue green shade, sap green + golden lake (Maimeri Blu), French ultramarine blue + quin gold (D.S,), raw umber (D.S.), Jane's Gray mix + burnt sienna (D.S.), sap green + quin gold

 Color mixes: for top flower: translucent orange (Schmincke) and then also added burnt sienna + perm rose (with a mix of stronger perm rose also), quin magenta + perm rose, sap green + hookers green and then also added to that mix hansa yellow deep (D.S.)

for bottom flower: perm mauve + quin magenta (both colors by themselves as well), French ultramarine blue + quin gold (D.S.), perm violet bluish + Jane's Gray mix, Jane's Gray mix + quin magenta (very light mix), cobalt violet + quin magenta, perm alizarin crimson + perm. mauve and then also added to the mix perm green deep (Maimeri Blue), pthalo green (D.S.) + quin rose (D.S.), Hansa yellow deep (D.S.) + cobalt blue and then also added sap green to the mix

Monday, October 3, 2016


This is the first year I bought Dahlia bulbs from Walmart and Sam's Club.  I've never seen the flowers bloom really before (at my Mom's once but didn't really pay much attention to them).  How could it have passed me by so long just how GORGOEUS they are!!!  I'm in love.  And they are so long blooming with this warm weather we're having.  I've taken a gazillion photos to paint from during the cold, long winter months.... 

This was painted in my journal on mixed media paper.  I've actually drawn the bottom Dahlia on hot press paper to paint when I get the nerve.  I really like the colors of these. 
(I never would have given the backs of flowers a second glance until I began botanical art.  The backs can be even more interesting than the fronts sometimes!)


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