I’ve been diving into more botanical art this week!
I did this poppy using a tutorial by Watercolor Misfit on YouTube. I wanted to try a more realistic hand, and see if I could get the colors to work if I dropped the paint in wet on wet. I really like how adding the shading before I painted helped the darker areas have more depth. I’m not terribly happy with some of the hard edges that were created when I dropped the orange in the tops of the petals, but I’d say I definitely learned something and the result is beautiful.
I’ve also been doing more bouquet work. Just simple sketches with light washes over the top to sort out where I want to go with those stylistically. The colors seem muddy to me, but I’d not cleaned my palette in quite a while, so I’ve done that now. I like both the realism and a stylistic illustrative, almost cartoon, approach, but I’m not sure which is more sustainable as far as my personal interest goes.
I found myself sketching the same flowers over and over, so I went to the library and got some field guides to know what to look for for references on Pinterest. Now to spend some time there sourcing pictures, and actually getting to the drawing and painting!
Sabrina Ward Harrison posted this Cy Twombly quote the other day on her Instagram feed… and I’ve definitely been feeling like this. I think there’s a rut we can get into as artists of sourcing the perfect photo, the greatest reference, the best angle of the thing we’re going for. I’ve been organizing and reorganizing my Pinterest. I’ve been going to the library and thinking a lot about this project, but I’ve not put much ink on the paper. Fear of starting? Maybe? Fear of it not going anywhere, again? Maybe? It’s something I’m pondering as I go along.
I’m still doing the drawing a day, but bored with the plant prompts. I’m looking forward to starting a new month in February!