End of Summer Lantana almost done!

The final stage so far of the end of summer Lantana.  11" x 15"  already spoken for, but prints will be available!

The final stage so far of the end of summer Lantana. 11″ x 15″ already spoken for, but prints will be available!

Ok folks, I’ve taken my time with this one and I’m pretty happy with it.  I thought it was almost done, and it is, but as is quite usual, I see problems once I’ve taken a picture AND uploaded it!  LOL. It’s the uploading that makes the problems pop out.  

I see that there’s a leaf hiding behind the right cluster that should be greener, and the edge of the out of focus area above that blossom bothers me. it’s too hard an edge. And now I think I like the one without as much of the defining better. What’a gal to do with that, but just paint another? It would be different and looser.

Stage four of the painting

Stage four of the piece. a lot of negative painting done in the background.


Initially I thought that more color was needed at the top, but I’m thinking now, it’s light and airy and a good contrast to the leaves and stems below…

What do you think?  I would love to hear from you, especially if you see things that bother you or have suggestions to make it better.

Yucca bloom step by step

In progress watercolor of Yucca Bloom

The painting as it stands now… Click on image to view larger

My friend Susie suggested that I might want to post a painting in stages so ya’ll  could see the process as it develops. What a great idea! but I often don’t remember to snap the photo. But in this case I have.

Here’s where the Yucca Bloom painting stands now.

These are the photos I’ve taken on which the painting is loosely based.  I like the closeup but not how washed out the sun on the blossoms made them.

photo photo

In progress watercolor of Yucca Bloom

Wet in wet wash that will become the bell shaped flowers of the yucca bloom. Click on image to view larger

Scroll down to see the painting as it has developed thus far.  It’s a lot of fun to tease out the images by creating either hard lines by damping one side of a stroke of paint, or soft lines by painting wet in wet to form the bell shape of the blossom.  Fun to create magic by making something 2D look 3D.  I love it!

In progress watercolor of Yucca Bloom

Some darks in the dried blossom area. Click on image to view larger

In progress watercolor of Yucca Bloom

Continuing blossoms. Click on image to view larger

In progress watercolor of Yucca Bloom

More blossoms and the stem sketched in. I expect to do darks or stems in the rest of the areas. Click on image to view larger

In progress watercolor of Yucca Bloom

Blossoms done in bulk and stem and other stalks started. Click on image to view larger

In progress watercolor of Yucca Bloom

Now some of the darks are going in and I can see the lights start to “pop”. Click on image to view larger

Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear from you if you liked this explanation or have any questions…

Wednesday’s cholla blossoms

Sometimes called the “walking stick” this thorny cactus has yellow buds and gorgeous magenta blossoms. My study is 6″ x 11″ on Arches 140 lb.

cholla blossom study

Back garden shots

I have researched part sun and shade plants for my back garden because the trees around it have grown too big. Last summer I hardly went outside so there is a lot of work to do this year. It looks a bit sparse now but it will fill in with time.

I have planted yellow and green striped liriope, plumbago, day lilies, mint, and a ruffled echeveria which is to die for. There are mexican petunias and torch something and lantana from before.

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In Between The Rocks finished

From WC2010-2011

I’m calling this one finished. There are subtle changes, some more modeling on rocks, stems and shadowed flowers in the plant mass and change in sky color. What do you think?

In between the rocks

From WC2010-2011

I have no experience in painting rocks, so I’m open to comments and criticism. my DH really likes the colors and painting, but he wasn’t quite sure what it was a painting of. LOL. I don’t think that’s good! anyway, I’m putting it aside for awhile to consider it. Here’s the photo inspiration:

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