Flower Journal Continued

“Monrovia – Golden Shrimp Plant” 6″ x 9″ watercolor.

Having decided the journal with the handmade paper should be devoted to florals, our recent trip to Selby Gardens took on a mission…..more flower photos!

We originally went to see the stunning art glass exhibit with a large showing by Duncan McClellan. That nasty red tide made us skip our usual stroll through the gardens, out to the Sarasota Bay lookout. But I still managed to get some flower photos to use for reference.

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Today’s Floral

Same reference paper and paint. Different paper.

Can you tell it rained most of the afternoon in Sarasota?

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Still Messing with the New Colors.

Between visitors, another birthday and the installation of our whole house generator recently, my paintbrushes have been gathering dust. Doesn’t happen very often, so I settled in to shake out the cobwebs. Can you tell which one I did first?

Two versions of the same reference photo from Mary Carter on the reference photo site Paint My Photo. Both about 6″ x 9″ in my journal with the handmade paper. I am thinking about devoting the entire journal to florals. When it’s done perhaps I’ll pull it apart and make some cards.

Felt good to be in the studio today.

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It Doesn’t Always Work

New colors, old colors, I will repeat a phrase I used often while teaching.  They are not always masterpieces.  In some cases, you don’t even like them.

Still using my new colors, and the lovely journal with the handmade paper.  I decided to try a painting today that included water drops.  Inspired by Nitamp’s photo on Paint My Photo, a morning glory reference shot seemed like a good choice.

The supposed water drops morphed into some sort of grey white bug. The more I messed, the worse it got.  Lesson learned.  Practice water drops…..maybe on paper that is a bit smoother.

What lessons have you learned lately?

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New Colors Part 5

Enjoying the bright white and unpredictable texture of this journal with the handmade paper. Today’s color selections from the new palette included Vermillion, Permanent Red and Cad. Orange. And to spice things up even more, I added some Aureolin to my yellow. Yeah, this is now getting a little crazy for an artist who only used four colors for many years.

Once again, my gratitude, as this painting is loosely based on a photo from Medford Florist.

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New Colors Part Four

Once again, using a reference photo from Medford Florist, I popped out another floral. Beginning to feel a bit more comfortable with the palette colors, so to shake things up, I used a journal with some handmade paper. Lots of texture in the paper (making signatures a bit difficult) and the book did not lay flat very easily, sort of limiting the useable area of the paper. But I did enjoy the flow and absorbency of paper.

Thanks again, to Medford Florist….not just for their generosity in allowing me to paint from their photos, but for their stunning floral designs. #Worldwatercolormonth

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New Colors, Part Three

A shout out of thanks to Medford Florist in Medford, NJ. The owner has graciously allowed me permission to paint from pictures of the glorious floral creations he posts on his Instagram account that can be found here. Thank you much. Not sure my paintings will do his creations justice, but it’s a great way for me to experiment with this new palette.

This painting has a familiar feel. While I used the Quinacridone Magenta, Permanent Green Light and Ultramarine Violet (in my opinion a wishy washy color that is useless), I wound up adding my old standard, Quinacridone Sienna to get the darks I wanted, and a bit of Opera to pop the pink. Not sure it would look much different if I had painted it with just four colors and the Opera. May repaint this with my limited palette to see how much of a difference I get. Also, I used Fabriano paper versus Arches. Not a favorite either.

It’s all fun…it’s all new…and that’s the point. Stretching out the creative process to see what happens.

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New Colors

“Lilium” 8″x 10″ based on a photo from Liz Phillips.

We whipped out those new colors again today. Not as much mud. Thanks to my astute husband who asked “isn’t the purpose of having more colors on your palette so you don’t have to mix them as much?

The colors feel a bit crazy bright at this point, and in some cases a bit opaque. But again, just my second attempt with this brave new world of twelve colors.

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Card Art

Since we’ve moved to Florida, I find myself more in need of cards to send to friends and family.

So I’m now embarking on card art. Small paintings of anything that strikes my fancy on 4″ x 6″ pieces of paper that fit nicely on some Strathmore Cards that I have. It’s fun, easy and I am using some paper that I don’t care to use for bigger paintings. A win-win.

So if you have a birthday coming up, or I need to thank you, or I’m thinking of you, this might be a bit of a spoiler alert.

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