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Pink Hibiscus remake
4" x 6"
Watercolor on watercolor paper, cold press (Not surface).

I still had a large pan full of very dark green wash in my Blick Artist palette when a friend on WetCanvas.com suggested giving the hibiscus a dark background like the Columbine. I used up a lot of it on the background and it looked a lot better after I added that.


Two Golden Orchids
6" x 9"
Cretacolor Aqua Monolith watercolor pencils
Canson Montval cold press watercolor block (Not surface).

Twila came up last night at about eight and showed me some art she'd done in the past few days. She'd drawn an orchid at work and it was interesting, very close to accurate with a couple of petals extra. I told her about my five-petal lilies and how easy it was to miscount petals when doing flowers from memory. It took me a while to learn and remember the petal count on some types of flowers. She'd done another one with five petals rather than six that also looked good but was one off when it came to number of petals.

So I got the Artist's Photo Reference: Flowers</a> by Gary Greene out to have some orchids photos handy and look at the petal patterns across many different types of orchids. Then started one from life while she worked on a different one and got it accurate. Hers changed as she worked on it, doing hers with Mongol pencils, she eventually added two more in a spray that connects to a stem off the page.

Then while discussing sketching and depth, she mentioned how much she liked my cobalt blue bottle. I set out a pill bottle with the label removed as a still life object to draw from life and did mine in Derwent Tinted Charcoal, she did it in Mongol watercolor pencils and really loved the results. She teased me that she'd have to commit violence if I put anything else on the page or washed it or changed it, since mine did come out pretty accurate.


Pill Bottle
5" x 8" approx.
Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils
White wirebound ProArt sketchbook paper.

If I didn't mention it earlier, I also finished another article for EmptyEasel.com and succeeded in getting myself on track with that too. I'm a staff writer there but was on hiatus involving the move for some time, had trouble getting caught up. I can do up to four of them a month but just have had trouble getting them out. Not sure what I'll do on the next one but I'll think of something cool.

After that very creative day, I slept and dreamed I wrote a novel. I was explaining the plot to a friend in a dream, talking about the theme and what was going on in it. This is interesting as I warm up to doing my Three Day Novel! I think I'm ready.
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notalwaysweak
Aug. 26th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
HIBISCUIT!

It's purty.
robertsloan2
Aug. 26th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
I am so happy you like it! This goes into your package then! I wasn't sure what I'd do with it, now I know. :D

I have to find it though, seems to have disappeared off my desk. Arrgh.


Edited at 2009-08-26 08:35 pm (UTC)
robertsloan2
Aug. 26th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Arrgh. I searched everywhere and I'm not finding it, maybe I gave it to Twila. I'll have to remember that though and do you another hibiscus.
robertsloan2
Aug. 26th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
LOL -- of course when I gave up, I checked my small sketchbook again and found it tucked in nice and safe. It'll get a good home. I'll pop it into one of the 4" x 6" top loaders and it'll go with your package now. :D

I put in the stormy landscape with it too, because it's a good one.

Edited at 2009-08-26 08:52 pm (UTC)
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