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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 we…

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 …

Echinacea

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…

Dahlias

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.