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WIP Drama Queen

1 Mar

 

 

 

Finally, Finally Finished!IMG_4266_new

After a rather lengthy hiatus from completing this painting distracted by a few commissions and a ducky diversion  I  finally got back to work on this painting.  I have to admit I have produced a number of large watercolours over the past two years and have been holding on to them.  Not entirely sure why – but I think they would look good in a show all together.

Drama Queen is a painting of Dizzy Lizzie lily. Say that three times.  Phew!  And they belong to the rather regal Oriental lily family.

If you don’t already know and love these beauties, with flowers often larger than your hand,  you may want to introduce formally yourself.  A garden royalty they would appreciate an admiring nod.  Lilies are among my absolute favourite blooms – likely stating the obvious as I paint them so often!

These lilies always live up to their royal statue by providing large and dramatic blooms each summer – if the deer do not get them.

April and May are the perfect months to plant summer blooming bulbs, including Oriental Lilies in the United States and Canada.

Florabundance- finally finished!

1 Feb

Feeeling pretty good about this piece. This watercolor painting of white azaleas seemed to take forever.  I thought it was completed a few days ago. Then I got looking at it with eyes all squinty.  I had to go back in with rose dore and push back some petals – they needed more distinction between them. And then later I got looking at it and went back in to sharpen up some of the shadows.  I am re-thinking my white floral series – this is tricky work. I have one more I have to do… actually two more… then I will be looking for some more intense colors to work with!

WIP- Florabundance- Update #3

22 Jan

I seem to be moving along in slow motion these days… compliments of a sinus infection.  I managed to drag myself into the studio to work for a while on this, and just touch my stuff – hoping for inspiration to actually work.  I have most of the  flowers painted  in and will begin to color balance in the next painting session,

Lighter Shade of Pale – Completed

5 Jan

This commissioned watercolor painting of white-ish roses is now complete.  I did the usual staring at it for while – then adjusted some of the background by lightening some areas and intensifying the colors in others.  Then I did a color balance check and deepened some of the shadows in the  roses.

This rose-bush grows at the back corner of our garden.  The flowers are ivory-white and, as the age, they get pinkish. By the end of the summer they are  really pink and much less white. So happy there are lovely – as they are a thorny mess to prune or get close to.  Even sniffing or photographing them can be hazardous to your fingers and nose!

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