Botanical study – twig with lichen and moss

Florida nature
cynthia maniglia – botanical drawing

 

Graphite and colored pencil.

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Dwarf Pomegranate Fruit

Dwarf Pomegranate Fruit | Watercolor | Sand Salt Moon | Cynthia ManigliaOur dwarf pomegranate trees are finally starting to show fruit but I plucked off these two before they were mature because they looked good enough to paint. Alas, they are not good enough to eat and perhaps are slightly blighted. Pencil first then watercolor in my Bee Paper Company sketchbook.

Sunburnt Palm Frond

Sunburnt Palm Frond by Cynthia Maniglia | Sand Salt Moon | #WorldWatercolorMonth 2016 21/31
Sunburnt Palm Frond by Cynthia Maniglia | Sand Salt Moon | #WorldWatercolorMonth 2016 21/31

“Sunburnt Palm Frond” – as seen in our backyard (below is my photo reference that I loosely followed). Metallic and regular watercolor on Khadi rough paper. #WorldWatercolorMonth
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Explosion of Flowers

#WorldWatercolorMonth 2016 | Cynthia Maniglia | Sand Salt Moon | July 4th
#WorldWatercolorMonth 2016 | Cynthia Maniglia | Sand Salt Moon | July 4th


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July 4th, 2016 ~ An explosion of cheery red and pink flowers against a dark ground. Painted tonight after a long day (I had to work). Inspired by a recent trip to Crowley Nursery and Garden, near where I live in Florida. It was good to relax and paint this holiday evening. Still time to watch the fireworks outside tonight!#WorldWatercolorMonth July 4 2016 |Cynthia Maniglia | Sand Salt Moon.jpg

A Good Tropical Pattern With a Black Background

A Good Tropical Pattern With a Black Background is Hard to Find | Cynthia Maniglia
A Good Tropical Pattern With a Black Background is Hard to Find | Cynthia Maniglia | Sand Salt Moon

I can totally see this as a fabric for transitional clothing – you know the pants, tops, skirts and dresses you buy in late July, early August, and plan to wear through September and early October. In the summer you wear it with your wicker handbag and strappy sandals or flip flops. In Indian Summer, early fall, you’d layer it with a lightweight black sweater or knit topper and a pair it up with a pair of black ballet flats. I call this “A Good Tropical Print With a Black Background is Hard to Find.” Marker and pencil on sketchbook paper. Inspired by my walk yesterday …

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More mushrooms in my sketchbook

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They’re popping up everywhere in our yard. Here are some growing in and around a palm tree …WP_20160611_021.jpg

Mushrooms are pretty fascinating. I don’t know too much about them, but I see that we may have several different varieties on our property. I’m especially interested in these that are growing in the nooks and crannies of the palm tree bag. Guess I’ll Google that! Or do any of you know what these are?

I just received the current issue of Watercolor Artist magazine in our mailbox the other day. It’s inspiring me with all kinds of techniques, styles, and subject matter. Does anyone else subscribe to that magazine who reads my blog?