This afternoons shot is of a Dahlia painting, what better way is there to show a progress painting and the love of every artist? I love to paint anything in the light outdoors, there is no better way to spend an afternoon.
We have a 20 x 20 deck on our house, that many people told us we were wasting too much space on, but I absolutely love it. During the warm months, I spend as much time as possible sitting out there painting and drawing because I find the sound of the wind calming, just like John Travolta in the movie called, “Phenomenon“. The birds and chipmunks and squirrels are truly entertaining.
Gazing down from our deck I can also look down over my domain anytime, now that we have cleared the patch of trees that shaded the garden too much. I look out over our property and wonder at the sky that is so pretty, now that the smoke has cleared and I so appreciate all the warm sunshine. The sky changes colors magnificently in the evening, making it almost impossible to capture unless you are able to paint lickety-split FAST!
Having a bouquet of cut flowers right here makes it so much easier for me to see their beauty right, I hope to be able to get what I see down on the paper and do them justice.
I made myself a promise
I would do at least one image a week that I want to do, actually, paint what I feel drawn to create. Recent health issues have made me realize that time is not a guarantee, and I had better enjoy all the time I have left before I exit the scene. This week, all the blossoms in the garden are drawing me in close, to smell, touch and admire all of their brilliant colors. What fabulously bright creations they are!
The garden smiles at us with colorful Dahlia blossoms in every conceivable color among many other types of flower. It just warms your soul as you stroll through looking at what needs to be done. You can’t help but touch the soft petals and admire the brilliant hues in each custom little work of art.
It is really inspiring to have cut flowers throughout the house and I feel blessed to be able to have this luxury available. I am thinking of doing a series of what we have blooming in the garden. The colors are so very much alive and refreshing!
I used to think that flower joy was only part of the female section of human kind, but lately I have seen how much my husband enjoys flowers and their magical happy influences. Love of floral beauty has no gender boundaries at all. He is a real green thumb at roses, and orchids and I love both of those types too. Sometimes, we just luck out and get with a partner in life that loves what we love. Sharing our loves is a real deep kind of friendship in life.
Our garden is a large part of my sanity. It is the place I go to do some weeding, watering, and picking. There are absolutely no screens to look at, and no phones to answer.
Free With Nature
I can hear the birds sing, play with dogs and kids, and get real dirty and never worry what people think of me. Anyone who knows me recognizes that is a really natural state for me.
Harvest Begins In Sanity
At the end of the summer coming into fall it becomes a lot more work as more and more produce needs harvesting and processing. My hands get blisters and dried out from all the washing, cleaning, cooking and canning but the quality of the yummy food is well worth it throughout the following winter months. Here are some cucumbers getting ready to be pickles.
Here are the buckets from this morning, tomatoes, dill herb, Dahlia’s, and tomatoes. Any kind of flower blossom brightens my day!
A normal sized zuchini is what I am holding. Honestly, it is how big they get all the time.
Back up at the house, the tomatoes are washed and sorted into ripeness groups. The group on the right is red and ready to eat or can. The group on the left will get to sit in my vegetable baskets by the window to finish ripening. I’ll process them probably the next time I pick.
We discover that it is actually probably two blooms as things proceed in the blooming process. That third bulb is turning out to be a dud. It was kind of strange watching this greenery in action with a background of snow outside.
With the painting finished and dry I decided to try something new. I bought this new medium, “Windsor Newton, Iridescent Medium”. I have been dying to see how it works.
I applied it to the lily and got really no affects. Darn. Sooooo. Instead I tried it on the background and “Wa la!” a shimmering glow just like the light from the window. Yay! Now I know it doesn’t work so good on light areas but it does show on darker surfaces. You have to have the light on it just right to see the shine but it is really cool! Here it is angled just right and still wet.
I have left the window area on the left very light as that is where the light is coming from. some of the leaves are brighter that are closer to this window. I have finished with the shadows and detail on the flower petals and the backgound seems right.
Now we get down to the details, take a look up close at the flower. I have removed the mastik (resist) and begin darkening the main characters. The greens behind are shadowed using reds with the greens to make a dark shadow. Some are darkened with paynes grey or blue. The white fklower has a slightly sap green core or bowl with the main vein gong down the middle of each petal. It seems the edges of the petals are the most white areas. I approach the white areas very carefully. The center stamen area has slightly green stems with yellow ends and they seem to stand out better with the roundness exemplified.
Here is a picture of the washes closer so you can see why the mastik is so helpful. Look at the darker wash on the right hand side and you can see how well that allows a freeing border so I can drop wet brushfulls of beautifyul purple and red along with a little blue and let it mix itself together. Probably one of the funnest times of my painting life.