Calibrachoa No. 2, watercolor, 6″x6″
I’m on a string of painting “failures,” AKA “learning experiences.” I started a large painting, 14″x18″ and felt I could not control it properly. As is common for me, I liked my drawing but ruined it with the paint. I ended up soaking the whole sheet in water and playing with the softened image that remained. Still was not happy. Here is a 6″x6″ portion of the painting that I cut from the larger work; the part I found interesting.
This is a painting of the same flowers in “Loving Flowers.” The two paintings are so different that you wouldn’t know that they came from the same inspiration.
I was on a roll with the last few paintings in the Fifty at Fifty series. I like these especially much.
"Graceful Tulips," watercolor, 7x10"
"Fresh Tulips," watercolor 7x10"
“What are you going to do with them when you’re finished?” That was the question. I’ve gifted a few to close friends, family, and supporters. Sold a few. A few will go into a gift shop booth in Roanoke, Virginia. I may open an Etsy shop. If you’d like one, please sent me an email.
"Blue Orchids" 5x7"
Quite a few years ago, my dear husband bought me a beautiful bouquet of yellow, orange, and red tulips and they were so beautiful that ever since then, tulips have been my very favorite flower. I took a few snapshots of those memorable flowers just as they passed their peaks, over-opening and drooping but still gorgeous.
I painted this piece without first doing a drawing, which I usually do, so I could enjoy a bit more relaxed type of creating.
Fifty at Fifty #49. Yes, my friends, #49.
"Fresh Tulips," watercolor 4x6"
Certainly there is a scientific name for this little flower but it’s a rose, and it grew in Texas, so there you are: “Texas Rose.” Jerry’s Artarama sent me a sample watercolor pigment called “opera rose” that I think worked perfectly for this vivid beauty.
"Texas Rose," watercolor and India ink on paper, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2"
I painted this specially for Anna, a beautiful and fine young woman, for her 20th birthday. Happy Birthday, Anna!