I've been doing flower studies to get art back into my life.
I've already posted the bouquet I painted when I painted with Marsha in August. These are three sketches I've done since then.
I like to work from a still-life set-up. I found a few weigelia flowers still blooming.
The vase is one I bought years ago when my sister and I were shopping at a Mikasa store at an outlet mall. I used a Micron pen which was a little low on ink. There was enough ink for me to draw some guidelines but not enough to create firm edges. Afterward, I laid in some watercolor washes. The paper is bit thin so I had to be careful, not have much water in my brush.
After Labor Day Marsha and I painted at her house. This time it was simpler to work from photographs than from a still-life.
I still used basically the same technique. I chose to sketch only a few of the Purple Coneflowers in the photo.
I had time to do a second painting. Marsha said she had seen an interesting painting on-line in which the artist had started with a wash of colors and then gone back and drawn shapes. I decided to see what I could come up with.
The photo is of Ironweed.
Here is the result. I decided I liked the sketchy lines so I didn't redraw them more precisely with a fresh Micron pen. I think this technique could make an interesting background for a collage of some sort. I also plan to try it on a paper that is more suitable for watercolor washes.
All of these pieces are small, about seven inches square.