After a roller coaster ride of weather conditions the past two months – we had 80 degrees on one day and blizzard-like conditions the next – it seems as if spring is finally here…with a vengeance. Suddenly, all the spring flowers are blooming. A quick walk around the grounds reveals spring beauties, violets, irises, bluebells, azaleas, columbine, sweet William, the end of the daffodils and narcissus, lilacs and more that I’m sure I’ve overlooked. Oh, of course, the fruit trees are all in bloom, too.
And I’m trying to paint them all!
Here are three samples of yesterday’s work, all done in watercolor with pen and ink overlay. For efficiency, I use a quarter sheet of watercolor paper (about 11 x 15 inches), divide it into four boxes of 4 ½ by 6 ½ with margins between and surrounding. I tape the whole thing onto a board and then hand sketch each subject. This is the same technique that I use for the fruit and vegetable paintings. I have been using this method for about 30 years and it works for me.
Then I paint each sketch with watercolor. The tape around the edge is enough to keep the heavy paper from buckling. When the paint is completely dry, I then add an overlay of India or carbon ink. I like my Platinum pen with the cartridges, but my first love is a quill #104 with India ink. As you can see in the photos, each painting is slightly different although the subjects are the same.
The little paintings are matted in museum-grade off-white mat with a foam core backing. Yes, they’re for sale on my Etsy shop, my90acres. Mother’s Day is coming. Get a 20% discount on everything in the shop until May 13th.