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As part of my studies for Dianne Sutherland's classes, we have to make a chart with our greens.  I've been dreading it for some reason as I thought it was going to be mundane.  But, I actually really enjoyed it!  I've used the charts many times and want to do more charts with different colors... I don't know why I still have problems with figuring out if colors are cooler or warmer..... Maybe that comes with practice or I think I need to focus and learn more about colors.....   Many blogs have helped me with this... I'll add my favorites as soo as I can find the exact posts.


This white peony surpised me with a bloom within a month or so of planting it in a pot to get an early jump on the spring.  I didn't even think they would bloom the first year you plant them.  How awesome!

It's a frilly little guy.... I'm not that happy with the center.  This is the first study I painted in my new
handmade watercolor journal from Pfeiffer Art Supply.  It has cold press paper which didn't bother me on this study.  But I've tried two other paintings and I feel the paper isn't working for me personally.    So, I'm switching to my Stillman and Birn Zeta mixed media journal for the next work.  That paper agrees with my style more than any other.  I actually already ordered an entire huge sheet of that paper but it doesn't feel the same.  It's smoother than the paper in the actual journal... we'll see how it goes. 



This spring was alive with all the many varieties of daffodils and other bulb flowers I had planted earlier in the spring... the frilly ones were especially gorgeous.  Of course, I took many many photos to paint!

This was painted in my mixed media Stillman and Birn notebook.  I'd like to start doing more detailed "studies" like this as I get time....




ZINNIAS

I never realized how gorgeous seemingly simple zinnias are... They have such interesting centers and I love the darker back sides.  Last year all I grew was this red variety.  Now, this year, I have over 40 varieties of seeds!!! I can't wait to see them all and have lots of reference photos for the winter time painting! 

I really enjoyed painting this one.  It was painted in my new Stillman and Burn mixed media journal. 


Painting leaves for Dianne Sutherland's leaf class...

I've been slacking behind on my art this past month... we got an order for 5,000 packs of our fishing lures (Stubby Steve's Fish Food Fishing Lure) so while working on that night and day and also working at our Veterinary Hospital full time I haven't had much time nor energy to paint a lot or blog at all....   plus planting about 400 pots of plants I've over wintered... ugh!!!!

Anyways,... here is the painting leaves assignment I've been working on for my class by Dianne Sutherland.  I never thought I'd enjoy painting leaves since I've been kind of scared of them all this time.  One main thing is finding the right shades of green... and I never realized so much the blues and yellows that can be in each leaf to portray warmth and coolness.    I have so much to learn about color mixing and color temperature,etc.   Dianne's classes have helped a ton with that.  As well as the many blogs of wonderfully talented botanical artists who share their theories and…