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COLUMBINE STUDY ON STONEHENGE HOTPRESS WATERCOLOR PAPER.....

Mom gave me seeds from one of her many Columbines and I planted them late in the fall 2016.... come Spring of this year I had these gorgeous blooms brightening up my shady spots.  This one is a very compact, tightly formed blossom.  Noting the pale greenish petals with slightly pinkish tips I fell in love!  (If anyone would like any seeds leave me a message, I've been sharing them with seed traders on FaceBook)....

And I'm VERY EXCITED about the paper I painted this study on.... I've tried every hot press watercolor paper I can find and was pretty content with Canson's HERITAGE paper.  It was helpful with drybrush work (which I find tricky still yet) but the only problem I had was it's difficult to get a crisp, straight edge.  But then I learned about STONEHENGE papers which is even made in the USA (awesome!).....  It was a little more expensive but comes in a longer size than other papers I usually buy.  Let me tell you,.... i'm in LOVE with STONEHENGE!  This …

JAPANESE CHRYSANTHEMUM

This Japanese Chrysanthemum was purchased last year at my local Food Lion Grocery store (all of a sudden they began carrying more and more interesting flowers... including a Mendivilla which was only $25.00.  Usually they sell for around $40 on Logee's website).  Unfortunately, the plant didn't survive the overwintering indoors and I haven't been able to find any chrysanthemums that look anything like this one.  Note: I did find some 'Spider Chrysanthemum" seeds on eBay from overseas and amazingly enough, some have already sprouted under grow lights!!!!

I've been eyeing the photos I took and finally got the nerve to begin the drawing.  The bright, almost neon colors stumped me so I decided to ask on the Botanical Artists FaceBook group for suggestions.  


SECOND GO ROUND FOR MY PURPLE SALVIA... THE "CRINKLES"....

Deciding I need to work more on "crinkles",.. I revisited the previous purple SALVIA study I worked on many months ago.  I drew this on a different paper than the Stillman and Burn sketchbook I had painted the first one on. Also, this time I painted the study by looking at a photo on my iPhone instead of the iPad because the IPad seems to show much duller colors than in real life  (the iPhone photo is a brighter and pinkier purple).

It still isn't finished but you can tell the uppermost and middle parts are more complete.  The further along I painted the better I felt about the study.  I decided to stop where I was and leave it to come back at a later date.  I want to practice and try to learn more my own techniques for "crinkles".... The biggest thing I have to remind myself is to paint the "negative" space around the raised "crinkly parts" instead of the actual crinkle itself...  Some people this comes so natural and easy to.... I WILL ge…

TULIP POPPIES

Poppies are a big time favorite of mine and have been for years.  Which bums me out that I have the worst luck growing them from seeds!  I've bought so many different packs of seeds from different varieties and online nurseries... I must be doing something wrong!  This coming spring will be the "year of the poppies" in my garden.  I'm determined to have them everywhere!!!!

Luckily, though, this past spring my local nursery had one "Tulip" variety as an annual and as soon as I saw them I snatched up almost all of the two trays!  And it's crazy, but I had so many plants to plant that I procrastinated and just kept them in their little 4 inch pots for weeks. Finally, I planted about half of the poppies in various locations in the garden hoping to let them go to seed and come up where ever they might find it happiest next year.  I planted the other half several weeks later.  It's crazy the difference in growth between the two sets!!!  The ones first in …

Orange ZINNIA

Zinnias are absolutely one of my favorite flowers.... This orange one excited me because I haven't painted many orange flowers yet and was needing a break from pinkish purplish flowers that I seem to keep painting!  I've saved seeds from this year's Zinnias and would be happy to share if anyone wants to message me their address! 



 As usual, I paint a base layer all over to map out where each petal is.  Then slowly build up more colors and deeper hues. 
 Then I start working on the center parts which still confuse me and I'm not sure how to properly paint the center to accurately replicate (best I can) the weird texture.  I feel like I want to draw every little squiggle... but it's not reasonable to do that.  So should I just use brushstrokes to "draw" or paint the  little bits?  I don't know.  But I'll keep trying!





WHITE DAHLIA

My DAHLIAS this year were stunning! Blooming from July (thanks to a two month early start growing then indoors in pots) all the way to first frost end of October! That made for extraordinary blossoms and gazillions of photos for reference material.  I'll be painting dahlias all winter long!

This one caught my eye because I knew the white petals would be a little challenging to reproduce subtly and I loved the bright details on the end of each petal.  This was very enjoyable to paint and taught lessons in very light shadows.

As always, I painted a light base layer to map out where everything is.  It helps me not to get as lost when looking at individual petals.. I can see the "whole picture" easier with some color in it!  The very light shadows were painted using several mixes of "Botanical Gray" (which in this case was Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue) plus other colors on the palette.... like "Botanical Gray" plus Lemon Yellow, or Sap Green, or Per…