Day 15 — Plumbago and lantana

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I went out this morning and did a plein air (painting outside) piece from my garden.  It’s a late summer riot of plumbago and lantana flowers out there, with some flowering garlic and ruellia (mexican petunias).  I tried to capture the blues of plumbago and brights oranges and yellow of the lantana, and the feeling of being out in the warm sun and gentle breezes.  I also worked on brush work, using the point of the brush at the center and gently pressing on the belly of the brush to get the petal shape.  My favorite bloom is the one at bottom left.

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One of the dangers of plein air is being explored by ants while my attention is captured by the painting!  Ants were crawling on my feet, yuck, but once I moved myself out of their way, things got better.

Here it is quickly put into a mat, to see how it would look.  Forgive the wonky angles.

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