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Blue Hydrangea, 18H x 24W inches graphite on 80 lb premium, white mat
Blue Flag Iris, 24H x 18W inches graphite on paper, white mat
Gladiolas, 24H x 18W inches graphite on paper, white mat
Blue Flag Iris, 10 x 10 x 1 inches oil stick on canvas
Spring Garden Mix, 18H x 24 inches oil pastels on 80 lb acid free premium
Blossomania, 12H x 16W inches oil pastels painted with oil blending and glazing medium on 80 lb acid free premium, white mat
I’ve been admiring the round masses clumped on the Plum tree branches in our neighbor’s back yard for a week or so now. Yesterday and today, pink swirls in the wind…
They cover everything, old and new
If I sit too long, I’ll be covered too!
Larger image shows the finished piece, 12H x 16W inches, which was cropped from the original size, left thumbnail, 18H x 24 inches. Blogging always reveals a different perspective. If I had not re-sized the original in order to post, I might never have recognized that the cropped portion has a more balanced composition…benefits of blogging!
Celosia, work still in progress, 18H x 24W inches 0il pastels on 100% cotton paper
This piece was tucked away a month ago, planning to continue work in future with new eyes, so with nothing to lose, I jumped back in today and threw more color around. I splurged today and bought about 40 new oil sticks, the “Sennelier” brand. Wow, they are so intensely colorful and creamy-beautiful to work with! There is no contest as far as quality compared to any of the other brands I’ve been using, but they do have a lot of oil content which makes them muddy easily. Looks like it needs to be stored away again to re-work and refineanother day. I don’t like giving up on a piece until it feels absolutely done, or without a doubt done to death!
Left, March 22nd, 2013, Day 4 in progress
Reminiscent of retro sofa fabric, now that I see it on-screen! Usually leaving page space showing through to create light and brightness, this time I colored the entire page yellow before starting. Adding white did not help brighten areas much, but did muddle colors, helping some flowers recede. Much of the pure color as seen in the early versions has been covered up or removed, but will be re-added cautiously. The style has also gradually changed to more of a Representational/Impressionistic one. To finish, there will be more scrutiny, and fewer emotional responses before adding or removing anything else.
March 20th through 22nd; Days 1, 2, and 3
Zinnias, 24 x 36 inches graphite on paper. Using an eraser just as much as the graphite, marks are roughed in to fill the page with enough smudges and dark tones to work with some removed, some detailed. Initial plans were to create a drawing with about 4 inches of grey tones bleeding into a colorful central square to be drawn and painted with watercolor pencils, similar to Chrysanthemums, with borders more defined. However, I got lost in the fun of drawing, and too much graphite would muddle colors, so this one is best without colors. Plans always need to change according to what the results are dictating.
Flamboyant Tree Flowers and Seed Pods – Chapala, Mexico – 9H x 12W inches oil pastels on paper, white mat
Work details: 1. applying resist medium 2. deliberately working with the challenge of a limited palette, watercolors were also dripped down the page. Tomball watercolor pen adds more details.
Birch, 12H x 16W inches watercolors on 120 lb cold pressed 100% cotton paper, white mat and frame.
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