LAST LIGHT WITH LILLIES – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

Another previously attempted painting, but unlike the last post where I had messed around with the edges of some paintings, this one was started from scratch. Hopefully I have captured the luminosity which I felt the first version lacked and I have simplified the design as the last one was a little too busy.

These lillies, which grow in my back garden, were supposed to be red but as the years go by they take on a more orange hue. They also grow to be about six feet tall so you end up looking up at them and into the sun if it is getting low in the sky.

A reminder of summer as the frosts gather to clear away what remains.

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BLUE GERANIUMS IN LIGHT – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

Last month I posted a painting of bougainvillea which I was going to use for a flower demo in a couple of weeks time. After my initial enthusiasm I became disenchanted with it, even after trying out a modified approach. In the end I gave up and did some forest paintings to calm my nerves.

I then saw some images of my perennial blue geraniums in morning light. I had originally shied away from this subject as a demo piece because of the big areas of darks. Anyway, I gave it a go and was surprised to find that it worked well. I could quickly get the required darks and build up the painting in a short time.

Here is the result. I think I could change the design slightly. I do love the buds and might include a few more next time.

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BLUE HYDRAGEAS – WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

I have a number of hydrangeas in the garden but they are predominately pink despite adding buckets of aluminium salts to to turn them blue, the colour I prefer. Someone recently told me that the soil also needs to be acidic, so that may be my next approach, but the other day as I was crawling amongst the undergrowth I discovered I actually had a small blue hydrangea which I think was a gift from a visitor. So you got a painting. There may be more of these if I discover the trick of turning the rest blue.

Talking of more: here’s another attempt at my lush gladioli, the subject of the last post. There were a few issues with the first one, despite the overall effect of the main blooms that I was very satisfied with.

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LUSH GLADIOLI – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

My gladioli have started flowering so I have been tempted to paint them. I have not been satisfied with earlier attempts. This time: well its a bit nearer where I want to be. I started with a simpler background – though I complicated it towards the end. Also focusing in on a few blooms helped. There may be more attempts, though the winds and the rain have taken their toll on the flowers. Still, at least the lawn looks a little healthier.

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GREAT ART – WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

Oh, the reason for the title?

Well someone once said that great art moves the viewer…

The troll is very moved. Hopping. Frothing.

It announced in one of its missives that it was angry. Then, in subsequent messages, it seemed to get lost for words, so could only issue one word expletives to express this rage.

But the fact remains that Troll was truly energised by my last offering causing it to pound the keyboard with its hooves in what might be described as a religious fervour. My paintings certainly seem to have moved the fascist art ayatollah. Therefore you must be viewing great art.

To tell the truth I think that this concept is silly. If you create a hierarchy – ie even good bad and indifferent – you need a universal, objective measure – there is none. There’s just different art.

Though not much different in this offering I’m afraid. My second go at the begonias. I also had a mad dash at some gladioli, see below. Hope troll is impressed. I’ve a reputation to maintain…

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Get yourself some before the Troll takes the lot.

DANCING BEGONIAS -WATERCOLOUR SKETCH

I had a painting of begonias that I liked, but it never sold ( see below) so I felt maybe I should do another version. As my floral paintings have been a bit hit and miss of late, I got hold of an old painting, turned it over and tried out a sketch on the reverse. Here it is. I was quite pleased with the result. There are a few things that I could and should change – so be warned the final one may be coming your way soon.

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YEP, MORE SHASTA DAISIES – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

I know I put one of these out in May, but it has been sitting in my pile of dissatisfaction since. Then the other day I felt I knew what to do, so I had another go. Whether this is the case, time will tell, but at the very least I feel I have advanced the cause.

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