I’ve been thinking of signing up for a watercolor class at a local botanical garden, as well as volunteering there. After gardening in our own yard, I decided to sit down with a glass of water in the living room and paint what I saw looking out of the lanai and into the backyard. No need to go anywhere special to paint, I thought. It’s not where or what I paint, it’s how I paint it. This is done in watercolor with an expressionistic style. The colors evoke the feel of fall in Florida, for me. I used my Reeves travel pan set and the brush that came with it, although I find it best to use different brushes when painting. This was a good exercise in trying to shape a scene and composition using different kinds of brush strokes. A quick 15 minute exercise.
This Double Purple Angel’s Trumpet is also known as the Purple Hindu Datura, Devil’s Trumpet, and Horn of Plenty. The plant with its uniquely colored cornucopia-like blooms is a highly toxic member of the Nightshade family. Handle with care! Micro pen, watercolor, glass dip pen and ink for the flowers. Watercolor and marker for the background.
My sweetie and I went to the grocery store this morning, and when I got in the car, he handed this to me. “Did you see this?” I said, “Yes.” “Do you know where it came from?” I said, “I do.” It’s the flower from a grass-like plant near our garage. We did our grocery shopping, and this afternoon, when I went out to the garden to paint, I brought the little sprig from the plant by the garage with me.
I painted a little pattern, using watercolor in my sketchbook. After dinner, I took the sketchbook up to my studio in the loft to paint some more details and darken it up a bit.
Enjoying the process and wanting to explore some more, I drew the same subject in pencil in a smaller sketchbook …
And then I reworked it so it looked like this …
It feels fulfilling to have sketchbooks open to these two pages, and I look forward to seeing them when I go up there again tomorrow.
This is why I love to draw and paint. This is why I love art. The pictures say something words just can not express. And it happens just like this …
Just doodling in my garden … watercolor (student grade quality) on sketchbook paper. #WorldWatercolorMonth My garden is still relatively new and the plants aren’t really big. The main attraction in the center is a colorful purslane plant. But there are some cool cacti and two pony tail palms, along with a mini rose bush, a big container of mint, and numerous other plants to be seen. I also have baby sunflowers I’ve grown from seed working their way up.
In other painting news, I’m excited – I just ordered Dr. Phil Martin’s watercolor inks from https://www.jerrysartarama.com – can’t wait to experiment with them. My friend, Barry Comer on WordPress, uses them all the time and has given me some fabulous tips. But I still haven’t found a reasonably priced, multi-page, heavy-weight watercolor journal that I like to use – any suggestions?