Tag Archives: flowers

Valentine Carnation and Buzz Ballz Booze Beverage

Do you think people born around holidays grow up to reflect the qualities of that holiday? My friend Judith was born the day before Valentine’s Day and she’s extra sweet. I took her out for a birthday breakfast this morning. … Continue reading

Posted in Flower Art, Ink and watercolor wash, Sketchbook Pages | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Sunflowers: Studies, Struggles, Stubborness

It seems like I’ve been struggling with painting sunflowers forever but with each attempt I understand them a little better. I’m very stubborn and will continue trying until the sunflowers and I are really good friends. I lit the flowers … Continue reading

Posted in Flower Art, Ink and watercolor wash, Oil Painting, Painting, Sketchbook Pages, Still Life | Tagged , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Testing Stillman & Birn Sketchbook Paper with Strawberries: A Review

Stillman & Birn sketchbooks are highly rated by other sketchers so I wanted to try one but couldn’t figure out which paper to choose. I emailed the company and they sent me a packet of paper samples. On a sunny … Continue reading

Posted in Art supplies, Drawing, Ink and watercolor wash, Painting, Product Review, Sketchbook Pages | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Gone Wild With Wildflowers, Part 1

Just days before the city mowed down all the “dangerous” wildflowers on Carlson Boulevard for the second time, finally killing them, I walked along the narrow median strip with cars zooming by, and snipped specimens of each to paint. (I previously wrote … Continue reading

Posted in Drawing, Flower Art, Glass, Ink and watercolor wash, Painting, Plants, Sketchbook Pages, Still Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

The Light at the End of the Tunnel Is Getting Brighter

All my time and creative energy for the past few weeks has been given to sorting, discarding, organizing and moving things as I downsize my living space and move to my new studio. All the studio furniture and most of … Continue reading

Posted in Drawing, Gardening, Ink and watercolor wash, Life in general | Tagged , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Lavatera Clippings In Amaretti Cookie Can

I love this old can that once held Amaretti cookies. After trimming some branches off the giant Lavatera bush by my deck, I decided to paint the cuttings. The cookie can was the first thing I spotted that would hold … Continue reading

Posted in Art supplies, Drawing, Flower Art, Ink and watercolor wash, Painting, Plants, Plein Air, Sketchbook Pages | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Monterey Market and Berkeley Horticultural Nursery

My Tuesday night sketch group met at North Berkeley’s Monterey Market to sketch just before the produce store was closing. My friends started indoors while I stood and sketched the buckets of sunflowers in the parking lot, using a handy … Continue reading

Posted in Berkeley, Ink and watercolor wash, Places, Sketchbook Pages, Urban Sketchers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Water Lilies Part II: In Sun and Shade at the Cemetery

When I was sketching the lily pond at the cemetery the only camera I had with me was my iPhone. I took a few photos even though I didn’t expect them to come out well (which they didn’t since I … Continue reading

Posted in Flower Art, Ink and watercolor wash, Landscape, Outdoors/Landscape, Painting, Places, Plants, Sketchbook Pages | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Sketching Lily Ponds at Sunset View Cemetery, Part I

When I was hiking with a friend in the large, beautiful, hilly cemetery near my house, we discovered a small pond full of lily pads and flowers. That afternoon I drove back up to the cemetery with my sketchbook and … Continue reading

Posted in Drawing, Ink and watercolor wash, Landscape, Outdoors/Landscape, Painting, Places, Plein Air, Sketchbook Pages | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Blowsy Rosies

Blowsy. [Adjective: (of a woman) Coarse, untidy, and red-faced.] That’s just what these roses were when I picked them from my poor neglected rose bush: brightly colored but messy and past their prime; yet they were just fine as my model. … Continue reading

Posted in Art theory, Flower Art, Oil Painting, Painting, Rose, Still Life | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Baby Hydrangea: Little Pitchers Have Big Ears

I’d heard that saying before, “Little Pitchers Have Big Ears,” but without giving it any real consideration, assumed it had something to do with Little League baseball pitchers. Wrong. According to The American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, “Adults … Continue reading

Posted in Art theory, Flower Art, Oil Painting, Painting, Still Life | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

White Roses in Creamery Bottle (and painting process stuff)

(Available) Strauss Family Creamery is a Marin County dairy that produces organic dairy products served in old-fashioned glass bottles from happy cows that graze on sweet grass in the hills by the sea. I enjoy their bottles as much as their … Continue reading

Posted in Art theory, Flower Art, Oil Painting, Painting, photoshop, Rose | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments