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This past winter in CT was almost unbearable…we seem to have angered Mother Nature who kept blanketing us – deeply – with snow and more snow. During this time, I completed the piece: the colors remind me of warmer days. I painted colored pencil on 2 sheets of Mylar stacked together. All 4 sides of the film were used – the front and back of each sheet - with different elements of the image applied on the side appropriate to suggest its position in space.
This is a plant I paint annually to mark the turn of the year. It has become somewhat of a ritual. I never tire of finding new ways to compose the painting to balance the delicate white/green blooms with the leathery greens of the leaves. This study is taken from two pot grown specimens on sale very cheaply in a local garden store. It is painted on Twinrocker handmade water-colour paper which has added to the rather soft feel as the paper surface is more textured than the Fabriano I often use. I was seduced by its four wonderful deckle edges!
This Rattlesnake Master was at the top of my long list of plants that I wanted to paint in my first year of botanical art study. However, I was so overwhelmed by the complexity of the flower head. I actually started drawing it long ago, and kept looking at it every year, adding or correcting bit by bit. Finally this year, I have been courageous enough to finish it, after long practice. I juxtaposed a dissected part and the flower in full bloom in perfect symmetry.
A beautiful wildflower that became the first subject that I painted as a botanical artist in 2005 and had painted it again in 2008. So this painting incorporated the challenge of improving upon the past. The other challenge was posting the step by step progression of this painting on FB.
Drawn in Southern Oregon
In the neighborhood where my parents live (Bamberwood), there are a few ancient apple trees left from the orchard that was there before the neighborhood was developed. This apple is from one of those trees.