This painting is special to me because my Coneflowers, all the colors, were especially beautiful this year. They are in a back flower garden which is visible from our bedroom. I just loved standing there, even from inside, just watching the Fritillary Butterflies all over the blossoms! We had such a long, extremely hot and dry summer that, sadly, the Coneflowers are pretty much done blooming-and I see more honey bees on them now than butterflies. What a wonder and blessing-and artistic inspiration-it is to have numerous flower gardens and beautiful flowers all over the yard!
5 minute practice sketch of Daffodils from book reference
Again, a pen and ink page of sketches, this time referenced from my book, “20 Ways to Draw a Tulip and 44 Other Fabulous Flowers” by Lisa Congdon (http://www.amazon.com/Ways-Tulip-Other-Fabulous-Flowers/dp/159253886X). Daffodils are one of my very favorite flowers; they bring such sunny happiness to spring! Since my own daffodils are not in bloom yet – and it’s one flower that always gives me fits when attempting to draw/paint – I thought a little no-pre-drawing practice from this book was in order! Can you see the improvement happening as I work in this manner? I sure can! So, this is today’s sketchbook practice; not painted directly from live references, but still worthwhile practice!
I just had to do it again-paint another picture in the tiny format (3″x 4″) – and it’s another floral. And again I had a fun time with it. I finally have a better feel for drawing and painting that small; to me if feels very different from even a watercolor quarter-sheet, which isn’t a very large painting. The inspiration for this iris painting came from an iris picture I took in my yard two or three years ago. I have used it for a number of sketches, tried it with watercolor pencils and now I have painted a tiny watercolor version of it. Pretty much the only thing somewhat true to the photo is the flower shapes, but it has been great inspiration. I’m sure it is very obvious what joy and beauty I find in flowers and in painting them!
I was drawn back to the trading card mini painting size like I did a couple of weeks ago. I had a somewhat easier time getting the drawing to fit the format, maybe because it’s not the first one this time. This viola is from the April Plant Parade challenge on Wetcanvas: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1312900. There are several reference photos to choose from, but since I have grown this particular flower I was inspired to give it a try. In this challenge, you have most of the month to paint and then the pictures are posted on the 25th or after-so here’s the preview. Like with the other one, it was a fun challenge to paint this size!
As is obvious by my recent posts and paintings, I love florals. That’s partly why I have found the early spring Wetcanvas challenges fun and irresistible this year. This painting is based on the reference in the February 2013 Watercolor Challenge – http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1306333. Since Hibiscus is one of my favorite flowers, so beautiful and tropical, I just had to participate-even though I didn’t paint mine until March! I am also including two Hibiscus paintings I did several years ago, quite some time after taking a workshop from Terry Madden, but inspired by his style. For those, my references were my own photos, one taken while on a trip to Las Vegas and the other taken in my own yard.