…And more Flowers!

Dear Liza,

I am sorry if all my taking about painting is boring you, but I feel as though I have discovered a new super power, and I just love it!

Starting from single daisies to sunflowers and coneflowers, I have graduated to vases. Using a full, whole sheet of watercolor paper for the first time, I was nervous. I wanted to get it right. So I sketched, erased, and sketched some more.

Getting coneflowers, lupines and daisies in their places

Remembering my lessons from Ruth Inman and Auntie Bridgett Spicer, I started light so I could add darker colors later.

It’s like a ghost, beginning to materialize….

As I got more confident as to what the picture should look like, I put in more colors, the vase, and tabletop.

Almost there….

Once I had put in the shadows between the flowers, I let the paint dry before moving on to colored pencils.

Ready for pencils!

This is the longest part of making the painting. There are hundreds of tiny lines and dots of a dozen different colors to put in, and you never know where until you stare at it a long time. Sometimes you need some grey to make a shadow deeper, sometimes a yellow to bring a flower forward.

Well, that’s better!

And, of course, it was only then that I realized….. I had forgotten the background. Big, happy sigh. And back to work.


Then, more pencils…

And … done!

And now I’m on to the next one! Wheeee!


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

2 thoughts on “…And more Flowers!”

  1. WOW! The step-by-step was fascinating. I had never thought about mixing pencil with watercolor. Looking st the next step, then going back to the previous one(s) was one of the best art exhibitions I have seen. All that talent, plus brains and beauty. The Olympian gods did NOT create us equally….


    1. Dear Man, I am so glad you enjoy my doodles and musings. I liked the idea of showing the step by step because I enjoy watching my own pictures change. Bridgett actually was my coach on combining pencils with paint, and I am loving it! My latest picture has flaws, but she suggested I crop it to keep the part liked and work on that part. It’s not going to be perfect, but having accepted that, I am willing to take risks with it, which lets me grow. Picasso (a real horrible person but fabulous artist) once said that to make a work you love, you have to hate it somewhere in the middle. So I’m there, right? Love you, sweet man. Best to your lady and all the cats. Jude



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