|Sun and Moon; watercolour, A3 size; Sept. 2020.|
A lone sunflower burst into bloom on the edge of our patio, probably a spilled seed from the bird feeder. Not much escapes the attentions of resident wood pigeons and blackbirds, but this seed somehow defied the daily regiments of rummaging beaks to seize a foothold and flourish. Good on ya, lil' seed.
So there it was in all its golden glory, bobbing madly in the increasing wind and about to be spoiled. So I nipped out with a pair of scissors and set it in a vase - where it looked pretty daft, actually, all alone on its own-e-oh. The solution was obvious. Very soon it was joined by more sunflowers and some tall white lilies. And then hubby suggested I paint them.
Flower painting is not an area in which I have much confidence; it's way outside of my comfort zone. Yes, I've done two flower paintings recently but these are - so far as I can recall - the only ones I've ever done, and I only did these due to being subject to the COVID 19 lockdown when we were all supposed to stay at home as much as possible. Challenges can be fun, though, and comfort zones are good to expand, so I selected an A3-size sheet of cold pressed, 300 lbs Bockingford paper and drew the blooms.
|Note the mandatory cup of tea!|
The watercolour paints are a mixture of Winsor & Newton and Daler Rowney, and I use Royal & Langnickel brushes. Some people get very keen to ferret out these technical details, as if knowing this will magically improve their own art. It won't; only practice will do this.
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Anyway, here's the finished painting, which was done over a number of days. With watercolour, you really need to let each stage dry before pushing ahead with the next, and so I'd paint a bit early in the morning then head off to my day job. By the time I get home, the best light is already fading now we're heading into autumn and so I waited till the next day before doing more.
I'm now toying with the idea of doing more flower paintings. This could possibly become a theme, over time. Besides, it gives me the perfect excuse for buying more gorgeous flowers for our dining room!
|Tree #3, Birkenhead Park Series; oil on canvas; 2020.|