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Florals for May Day

Florals for May Day

The first day of May  always brings a smile to my face!

As a kid, in the green but rainy Pacific NW, that was the day that heralded …. Spring.

 

 

Florals

May 1…..  It was my non-official day to get outside and find Spring flowers around the gardens.

I’d dash out in between the rain showers to pick a bouquet for my mom and grandmother.

Well, and a couple of nice neighbor ladies as well.

It was fun.

 

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May Day floral

Colors of May

Lilacs, iris, violets, hydrangea, azalea, were my usual Spring favorites.

I always thought the flowers seemed to lean to lavenders early in Spring.

 

 

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Hydrangea Spring

 

 

But Sometimes, in a pinch, I had to resort to a gorgeous summery golden yellow blossom…. the lowly dandelion.

 

But, I’d tell myself that it adds more color and a nice warm brightness.

I wasn’t going to it call it just a weed.

I had an obstacle with the lack of flowers in our storm damaged gardens.

‘Golden dandelions,’  were my Plan B solution.  I’m kind of a fan of Plan B. Backup plans for those times  “just in case something goes awry.”

 

May Day, still decades later,  makes me smile.

 

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vibrant blooms in Spring 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gardens in Color!

Gardens in Color!

Gorgeous rich ruby red stalks splaying out in verticals and diagonals.

The reds, a perfect foil to the citrine green foliage.

Delightful Colors found in the garden.

 

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Garden Colors, ruby and citrine green

 

Illustrations….

This photograph, is one of the few, I would use as a direct source to paint from.

It would (and will)  make a lovely illustration,  for my Society 6  and Redbubble shops.

 

Generally, I’m not so keen to use one photo as a painting source.

But,  there’s always exceptions.

 

This I think would be brilliant on pure white hot pressed paper with no background whatsoever.

Or,  it might make a very strong design as a linoprint. 

 

 

Zen Strolls

Strolling about,  does, have plenty of rewards.

Had I been ‘power walking’ I’d have missed out on this beauty.

 

 

Design

The composition is especially interesting, with the verticals and diagonals.

The textural patterns within the leaf foliage, create added interest.

Leaves and stalks going gently out of the picture frame assist the design.

Making it seem less ‘crammed in.’

More open, more …. real.

 

 

 

 

Trees,  in Color

Trees, in Color

Outdoors, fresh air.

Wandering through the woods.  Its lovely out there!  Inspiring.

I’ve combined two of my favorite things,  painting and nature….  trees.

 

Inspired

As I mentioned in my last post, zen strolls,  I’ve been working.

Creating.

Inspired by the trees, in color.

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Palette 1 for Tree Bark

 

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Palette 2

Watercolor Charts

Two Basic color charts in watercolor.

Easy.  And fun to do, well worth your time!

 

 

You only need 3 paints.

  1. cobalt blue pb28
  2. permanent rose pv19
  3. winsor lemon py175

 

Combining these 3 Paints, in various ratios & blends,  create wonderful new colors to use.

I’ve only shown these two charts, but I’ve created over 200 mixes from the 3 paints.

 

The color mixes shown, are  great for trees, bark, foliage, branches, and earth.

For more, on Color Mixing,  see color mixing foliage,   browns,  color  mastery, charts.

 

 

 

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Zen Stroll

Zen Stroll  – The inspiration.

 

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a beautiful morning – another inspiration

 

From Inspiration, to studio and the processes.

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a quick demo  – Ink over watercolor washes

 

The unifying line work created by the ink,  brings the image together as well as helps to emphasize the texture of the bark in this quick demo piece.

 

 

Contrasts

In Art, its all about Contrast.

 

Showing one demo example of “rough” texture is good;  but showing the opposite,  is even better.

 

Below: the silky, fluid washes flow downwards as the pale golden colors stream towards earth.

Its appearance of smoothness, of silken soft bark,  is in direct contrast to the “rough textured” image above.

 

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Tree trunk – a study of smoothness – charging technique

 

 

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Dry Brush Technique for  rough  bark

 

 

What’s Next!?

I’m thinking…..

 

Lovely Orchid Art

Lovely Orchid Art

The colors of an orchid, delighting the artist within.

The lasting after effects of Valentine’s Day.

Its color, that touches the artist’s soul… more so, than chocolates.

 

 

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Bold colors of the orchid

 

 

In Love With Orchids

 

Orchids represent: beauty, peace, strength, elegance, perfection.

Due to their symmetry, and the straight lines on their petals, orchids represent beauty in symmetry, and considered epitomes of rare beauty.
In ancient Japan, orchids were royal treasures and considered symbols of wealth.
People of ancient China thought orchids were the epitome of human perfection….. ‘Lan Hua.’
In Victorian England, these lovely flowers were likened to a beautiful woman.
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orchid in pale butter yellow

 

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Into the Orchid
Luxurious.
Orchids are considered to be symbolic of love.
During the Victorian era, it was a custom to gift rare, exotic flowers to show love and affection.
The more rare the flower, the deeper your love… so it was believed.
Some areas, used parts of the orchids in special “love potions.”

 

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Wild Beauty –  Carousel Spider Orchid, in Perth W.A.

 

symbolism of the orchid flower

 

Yellow orchids stands for friendship and new beginnings.

Blue orchids are quite rare.  Blue orchids represent uniqueness, luxury, meditation, spirituality.

White orchids: innocence, beauty.

Pink can symbolise innocence, femininity, joy. (Also used to celebrate the 14th and 28th wedding anniversary.)

Purple orchids represent royalty, dignity.

Red the universal colour of passion and desire. Red orchids also symbolise strength and courage.

 

 

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Impressionist Watercolor Bush Orchids

 

 

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Orchid bright fuschia  pink and bits of yellow gold

 

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Magic of Color… Magenta Fuchsia.     gelli print, fun process

 

 

 

Pink and Crimson: watercolor inspirations

Pink and Crimson: watercolor inspirations

Singapore.

Inspired by the pretty and delicate pink petals found in the Gardens by the Bay.

 

 

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Gardens by the Bay, so pretty,  Singapore flowers

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Techniques

I decided I needed to get in the zone, for my upcoming class “Watercolors – Loose, and Easy.” I think it should be a fun class;  laid back and keeping watercolor …simple and easy. Fresh, Free, Flowing And Loose.  Thats the goal.

 

So,  to keep this little technique simple, I chose only a few colors:   (white, indigo and alizarin crimson) and had a play.

 

 

White Paint Is Lovely!

The white paint applied first, acts like a soft velvety foundation that the other paints react to in beautiful ways.

For those of you who have not tried this before, it is a lot of fun.

 

You create stunning results by laying the wet white wash down first and then, while it is damp….. allow another color to merge into it.

(Especially The Staining paints!)

 

 

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watercolor techniques in reds and pinks

Just simply ‘do.’

For fun.

I loved the experimentation aspect, with no pressure to create, finish, frame.

 

Still a bit lagged from the trip,  I was in no big rush to “Paint That Photo.”

Of course, those who know me by now, know I never do that anyway!

 

 

These are colors I do not usually use together.

(Indigo, White, Permanent Alizarin Crimson)

So, it was interesting to me to see how they responded to each other.

I had about 15 test squares I did fairly fast, that looked great.

I’ll be able to use this information in other work I do.

 

So for those who worry about spending all that time

and not ending up with a “Product”   –  it isn’t so bad.

 

You do end up with benefits.

I learn new things all the time doing this type of thing.

Learning new techniques, new color combinations, new approaches, etc.

These, can be then used down the track in your next paintings. 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Techniques 

Watercolor start easy….

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Art… in Singapore

Finding Art… in Singapore

Where might you see art in Singapore?

Two words….

“its everywhere!”

 

 

I didn’t expect fascinating art creations, sculptures, installations, etc.  to literally be around each street corner in Singapore.

That was,  A Surprise.

It was fun, to see artsy things pop up around pretty much where ever I looked.

 

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Art, in Singapore

 

Art Singapore

 

Yes.

Singapore did surprise me.

I found so much more here, than I thought I might.

 

Too much almost.

You’d need to visit more than a week to take in adequately all that is available.

I went to two art exhibitions that were stunning. (More on those in a later post.)

The river cruise, animal park, Orchard district shopping – kept us busy.

My camera card was filled.  My hand, sore.

So many photographs – but truly I couldn’t resist.

 

 

 

Gardens by The Bay

My featured shot for the flower dome seems straight out of Alice in Wonderland.

It does capture the mood perfectly.

 

 

Gardens by The Bay info

The design team for the project included WilkinsonEyre, Grant Associates, Atelier Ten and Atelier One.

Located in the central area of Singapore, is a 250 acre park of reclaimed land.

 

The idea behind creating the gardens was to transform the city.

To change it from a garden city…… to a

City in a Garden.  

 

Yes.

Yes, they did.

 

 

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Flower Dome Garden by Bay Singapore

 

 

With family now in Singapore, I think we will have a few more visits in the future.

 

 

 

 

Impressionist Colors of the Sea… John Peter Russell

Impressionist Colors of the Sea… John Peter Russell

A fine example, a master of the impressionist era.  John Peter Russell should not go unnoticed by art lovers.

Admittedly, while in America I hadn’t heard of him.

Until  I moved to Australia and visited the New South Wales Art Gallery.

 

 

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impressionist sea…. John Peter Russell

 

Impressionist Artist

 

What Beautiful colors.

Exquisite brush movement.

The sensitivity of his brush is quite apparent when you look close.

Amazing.

 

 

John Peter Russell  was born in Australia in  1858, but moved to Belle Ile, Brittany.

This, is where he painted much of his work.

Les Aiguilles, Belle Ile  is another lovely free loose and easy watercolor impression of the area there.

If you go online google… John Peter Russell paintings, to find his work.  They are outstanding.

Beautiful.

 

 

Versatile Artist

Russell created gorgeous oil paintings, just as easily as he did watercolors.

The following link below, shows one of Russell’s  oil paintings of the sea, lovely and spirited.

According to the Sept. 2015  Christies.com article  “Australia’s Lost Impressionist” …. Russell was a friend of Rodin and was inspired by Monet. 

 

 

 

5 Keys

5 Key Things I think watercolorists of all levels might come away with after studying Russell’s work:

  • a sense of color spontaneity
  • fresh raw,  vigorous brush movement
  • transparency of colors and the lack of muddiness throughout the work
  • his ‘permission’ in allowing the pigments to merge, mingle, flow … at will
  • harmony of the complementary color palette of pink- red and green- blue

 

 

More to come

I do apologise to all if I’ve not replied to you.

I’ve been away visiting in Singapore,  and we just returned from the amazing city.

The National Gallery was stunning with its exhibitions; the city’s buildings … were art creations.

Yes  – there is more to come in upcoming post articles!