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Flowers in February

Flowers in February

This weekend was awash in flowers. 

I've been rushing to finish Pam Garrison's Painting Petals online art class before it expires next week. I picked up two flower-related books at the library for inspiration: Painted Blossoms: Creating Expressive Flower Art by Carrie Schmidt and Foraged Flora: A Year of Gathering and Arranging Wild Plants and Flowers by Louesa Roebuck. 

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I love the mixed media artwork in Painted Blossoms: big, lush and vibrant paintings in a variety of mediums, from acrylic and pastels to collage. 

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We've had a blessedly mild winter, but after seeing these vivid florals I can't help wishing that it was spring. 

Foraged Flora isn't something I'd typically check out. I'm not a fan of coffee table books, nor flower arranging. But I couldn't resist the gorgeous, atmospheric two-page photo spreads. 

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The photos are so lovely and unexpected, I feel like I'm right there. 

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My mother-in-law took the toddler to a sleepover, so I set up my watercolors on the kitchen table and went to work. First I tried painting roses. The first wash turned out well, but with only a loose photo reference, I couldn't sort out the values or the details. 

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I ended up hating it, so I flipped the paper over and painted some simpler flowers on the back. I added some details with pastels, then cut them out, the way Pam Garrison suggests, leaving an edge of white around the sides.

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Who needs store-bought bouquets when you can paint your own, in whatever colors and varieties you choose? Not me, that's for sure. I might just make it a habit. I'll paint a million of these little flowers, and make it springtime at my house all year round. 

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Investigative Reporter I'm Not

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