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