November 2006

I finished the poppies drawing over the Thanksgiving weekend. I fell in love with the round shapes of the seedpods – not something that I really expected. That’s the great thing about drawing. It gets another part of your brain to notice things. What grabs your non-drawing brain immediately when it looks at poppies are the brilliant flowers. Your drawing brain requires slowing down and delights in unexpected gaiety and rhythm. I’m excited to begin painting, but will need to spend time this week getting my Beanster show paintings framed and packed up.


I’m starting work on my next watercolor painting of poppies. It’s based on a photograph that I took in my back yard several years ago when I was living in Mt. P. of my poppy patch. These dark days leave me yearning for some spring light and color.

Here are some color studies. I feel like the painting needs cad. orange and indigo blue, but I’m a little unsure about using these rather opaque colors. Perhaps if I only use them a little?

I also want to confess to using grids to construct my drawing. I can draw without a grid, but I end up wasting a lot of time reworking. My main concern and reason for using the grid is to accurately capture the shape of the flowers. To justify my cheating let me say that it’s still a lot of work and I don’t trace. I also use my own photographs and I manipulate the photo in photoshop – so there is a lot of creativity happening. Here is my grid. I prefer to use newsprint and folding the grid is a lot quicker than drawing it and it also doesn’t interfere with my drawing.

This is a painting I worked on yesterday. I think I improved it a lot by darkening the background, but I’m not sure if I like it enough to include in the beanster show.

Here are a couple of paintings from my upcoming show at Beansters in December.

I created this blog in order to post information about my artwork and to get feedback from people. I’m hoping for some real critique and not just a pat on the back from my friends. My goal is to post regularly on the progress of my artwork. More to come soon.