I’ve started a new painting, it is actually one that I did in graphite, for my January Create a Calendar. The inspiration for this piece came from a photo I took of an arrangement of hydrangea that my daughter and son-in-law receive when Finley was born. I loved the way the vines were arranged in the bowl, it was so organic. The hydrangea of coarse are always beautiful, but the stems and vines were just captivating to me. I have just started this, very rough, but I am working on the bowl of stems first. The challenge is to make it look like they are in this clear bowl with water, we’ll see how that works out for me. Next will be the hydrangea, I’m thinking blue white, but we’ll see as the piece evolves. It is on a 24″ x 30″ gallery wrapped canvas, in acrylics. Thanks for looking, would love to hear your input.
February’s sketchbook Challenge theme is opposites. I did a couple of sketches, one is of butterflies, who would of guessed. I did a black swallowtail, a painted lady, a couple of made up, not true monarchs. The small butterflies are on 2.5″ x 3.5″ watercolor paper, about artist trading card size. All four are done in watercolor and black felt tip pen. I’m going with the fact that butterflies have wings on the opposite sides of their bodies. The second one I did is the red cardinal, the contrast of this bright red cardinal and the neutral winter landscape are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Also included an image of my February create a calender page. For February I did pansies, once again in graphite a 5B and a blending stump. As always, thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy what I’ve shared.
Just wanted to share a new painting I just finished. It is painted on 110 lb acid free natural white acrylic paper. I was inspired by a photo I had taken this past summer of a Gulf Fritillary Butterfly that had landed on a pink zinnia in our side yard. I actually used the butterfly and zinnia as part of my January Sketch for the Sketchbook Challenge and decided to expand on the image and create an entire painting. I videoed my painting process and so if you can sit through a little over 12 minutes of video, you can actually watch me journey through this piece. Enjoy.