Friday, September 17, 2010

Fast and Furious White Coneflowers

Daily Practice
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After cleaning out the garden last week, it surprised me to find, despite the drought, heat and floral competition, these two bright and cheerful coneflowers.

I have a large patch of purple coneflowers in one of my front beds, and last year, a small collection of white petaled flowers showed up - don't you just love those kind of surprises! Now these 'whites' seem to have spread to other parts of the property -- on the side of my vegetable patch, in front of the woodlands.

I didn't have much time to paint last weekend (seems to be the way things have been lately---LOL) and so I dashed off this quick sketch before packing up the car for the week. When I got home last night, I found them still blooming --- with a few new purple beside them ....

Jodi comes this morning for a short art play time -- yeah -- and then C and I are having dinner out ... I'm expecting a quiet weekend with only a few 'work-related' obligations ...

BTW, our Plant a Row volunteers cut and hung to dry a TON of herbs yesterday. When you walked into our office space, the smell of basil and rosemary greeted you -- wow! If you'd like to see some of these great folks -- have a look:
www.johnstoncc.edu/arboretum/blog


We're hoping that somehow our 'chance' of showers turns into reality. The dust and dryness of our landscapes are truly taking its toll ...

Have a great day!

5 comments:

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous painting Lin. I've never seen white cone flowers but I love all the other colors. Your painting is so delicate and ethereal, regardless that it was fast and furious.

Goodness you have already had a "painting date" this morning!

Have a wonderfully quiet and restful weekend and all good wishes to you and Charles on your anniversary. Have a terrific evening, good food, fond memories, and lots of love to you both.
Lorraine

Joan said...

Lovely!!! These look so light and playful...almost like they are dancing.

We had rain last night with strong winds. They are promising sunshine for the rest of the day, so I'm planning to go plein air painting somewhere.

Have a wonderful day!

Teri C said...

What a beautiful soft painting and it put a much needed smile on my face.
Thank you for your thoughts and concerns.

Sarika Alvekar-Shelke said...

They are very gorgeous Lin. Very cute.

Lise Steenerson said...

Love all your painting Lin!!!