Wednesday, August 30, 2017

ECHINACEA

Echinacea is a beautiful flower that is fairly easy to grow and produces tons and tons of seeds to share!
 I have about six different varieties from the normal purple one, double pinks, bright red, white, green  and the real frilly kind.... Hopefully next year I'll have an entire row dedicated to this flower.  Lord knows I have plenty enough seeds saved over the past few years. Though, somehow, I have yet to see any "volunteers" or seedlings from dropped seeds.  I just last week planted a little "patch" of mixed Echinacea in my flower cutting garden to see just how the seeds will sprout and can watch them grow better than if they try to come up in beds already full of flowers.... the seeds have yet to sprout after a week! 





But anyway,.... I painted this study in my Stillman and Birn book back a couple of months ago.  Since then, I've taken many photos to carry me through the winter when I decide to paint a more "fully opened" or even better a "fading and messed up" blossom! 
 I really enjoyed painting this one but I need to focus more on warmer/cooler colors and areas, dry brushing, and so much more!

FADED PINK ZINNIA

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