Spring bouquet

I attempted to rescue a dissatisfying watercolor painting by doodling over it.  It think I redeemed it!

Phase one, rough composition with color. It’s still okay at this stage.

Phase two: bringing out details. I think it got too muddy.

Phase three: Doodling. Voila!

 

 

Camellia bouquet

Red camellias from my yard

 

 

Daffodil: King Trumpeter

March 10, 2017

Spring bouquet

“King Trumpeter to Flora Queen,
Hey, ho, daffodil!
Blow, and the golden jousts begin.”
— from “Daffodil,” The Wind in the Trees: A Book of Country Verse, by Katharine Tynan

Watercolor sketch of daffodil

 

“Life is just a long succession of small epiphanies.  You need to stop and seize them.  By making art, you will be recording what you are living through and what you are learning about.  A drawing and a sentence or two in a sketchbook turns those everyday moments into something significant.  Your art will set a frame around it and give you perspective on what really matters.  Over time you will build up a book of memories — a true record of what’s important in your life.”
— Danny Gregory, Art Before Breakfast

This is indeed what drawing and painting does for me — turns everyday moments into something more.  (And creating blog posts about these ordinary moments does the same.)

Watercolor sketch of a bucket of sweet peas

Watercolor sketch of a bucket of sweet peas

Another watercolor painting of sweet peas

Another watercolor painting of sweet peas

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Lilac bouquet

Lilac bouquet

I find painting lilacs a challenge.  So instead of getting bogged down in the details, I tried to keep this painting tip from Monet in mind when I set out to paint this bouquet of lilacs:

“Whenever you go out to paint try to forget what objects you have in front of you — a tree, a house, a field, or whatever . . . and merely think, here is a little squeeze of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact colour and shape, until it gives your own naive impression of the scene before you.”
— Claude Monet

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Dandelions

Dandelions

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I mowed the lawn for the first time this year, a multi-sensory experience.  I love the smell of freshly mown grass and the sound of the mower itself — both seem to be symbolic of spring and the long days of summer.

This is also the time of year when I try to dig out all of the dandelions that have rooted in the yard over the winter.  I know they are considered weeds for the determined way they take over the lawn, but I do think they are awfully pretty, too.

Lawnmower attacking dandelions

Lawnmower attacking dandelions

The Dandelion
by Vachel Lindsay

O dandelion, rich and haughty,
King of village flowers!
Each day is coronation time,
You have no humble hours.
I like to see you bring a troop
To beat the blue-grass spears,
To scorn the lawn-mower that would be
Like fate’s triumphant shears.
Your yellow heads are cut away,
It seems your reign is o’er.
By noon you raise a sea of stars
More golden than before.

Dandelion bouquet

Dandelion bouquet

 

Dandelion chain

Dandelion chain

 

Jellybean with dandelion garland

Jellybean with dandelion garland

 

Watercolor sketch of dandelions

Watercolor sketch of dandelions