Saturday, March 26, 2011

Three Keys and Bugle Sketch

Some new things I've been working on this week. I drew the daisies in this collage a few weeks ago and then decided to paint a few of the petals. I put several other drawings in this collage with a vintage piece of paper.

This is my challenge drawing for the week. I always draw flowers and those are easy so I want to draw something that is more challenging each week to increase my skills. My husband found this bugle mouthpiece out in the desert and I chose it to draw. It was a challenge! The top round part was difficult for me and it took me a while with a lot of erasing, good thing I have a big eraser.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Red Flower Boutique and Pansies

I've been taking a photoshop class and learning some more techniques. I had an assignment to design a poster using 1-3 colors and red came to mind for a little boutique poster ad.
I used the same technique from the poster above for this flower using a drawing of pansies I'd done a while ago in colored pencil. The center of the flower is yet another painting.

This flower is done the same way just using a different section of the drawing. I put these flowers and the poster on some spring gifts in my Zazzle shop for spring.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hollyhocks and Butterflies

Thinking of spring I designed a new collage called Hollyhocks and Butterflies with bright red hollyhock flowers in watercolor and ink. I've yet to be real successful in growing hollyhocks. It seems though if they just get started they come back each year. I've seen them in places I thought would be impossible for them to grow and they bloom happily with little water and sun and support. They are a great flower for fences. Maybe I'll scatter some seed near my fence this year, leave them and see what happens.

Friday, March 4, 2011

March Daffodils

Daffodils are the flower for March birthdays. They are one of my favorites. Bright yellow, sometimes
coming up when the snow is still falling, braving the cold and one of the first signs of spring.

I drew these a few years ago from my garden in Winnemucca before we moved to Fallon. I had five acres to play around on, but I only had a small portion planted in flowers, the kids claimed the rest they loved to dig in the dirt... These were in the front of the house and they spread themselves out nicely coming up each year bright and happy when the days began to warm. I planted hyacinths where we live now and am anxiously awaiting their colors - hope they bloom anyway :)