Saturday, August 28, 2010

Inspired by Blanket Flowers

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The brilliant red and yellow blanket flowers have graced my garden all summer; but try as I might, I've had a heck of a time capturing them to my satisfaction. Even now, while the 'feeling' of these flowers are evident in the 'splash and splatter,' I'm not entire satisified that I caught the 'essence' of those wonderful plants. Ah, the challenges of watercolor!! LOL

My friend Jodi and I got together yesterday to do some painting. We played with masa paper, enjoyed C's home made pistachio ice cream, and time away from chores to explore watercolors. Fun!

This week, the Arboretum donated several pounds of herbs to the Food Bank, and I brought home some extra basil to make into pesto for the Plant a Row volunteers - I finished that project last night.

I also viewed a new DVD by David Bellamy "Summer Landscapes in Watercolour" ... really terrific. In this DVD he addresses the 'challenge' of all that green of summertime, ways to capture those roadsides (hedgerows) and clumps of vegetation (my favorite!!!! LOL), and how to make interesting fields and mountains of greens ... excellent!

We're due this weekend for a drop in humidity and temperatures... so I'm hoping to head outdoors for a while ... maybe I can attempt some of those 'green things' this afternoon!

Have a great weekend!


Lorraine said...

Ooooh, soft and lovely with just the right amount of detail and oh those colors -- gorgeous. So glad you were able to capture those before summer ends.

And glad you and Jodi had a chance to play with wc and Masa paper. Yes, Masa has a mind of it's own, but then doesn't all watercoloring LOL.

Wonderfully cool here this morning. Makes me want to get out and walk but the old knee would protest too much so will go to the "studio" and try to finish a couple paintings I've been playing with.

Big hugs,

Teri C said...

Brilliant and beautiful!!!!!!!!

Pat said...

lovely painting! you have a great weekend too.