Sunday, February 17, 2013

Visitors





Look what paid a visit this week.  They came to tell that spring is near.   Their small petals brought joy and promise that warmer days are coming. 
 
Flowers seem like God's love notes.  They always speak to the heart.
 
Seeing these beauties blooming got my brushes moving. 
 
     
 I tried two different techniques on this blossom.   The one on the left was drawn over a wet into wet under painting.   The right one I drew the flower first and then painted it.


Both were fun to do but my preference was the first.   
 
Janet Whittle's "Watercolor Flowers" and "Painting Flowers and Plants"   have some wonderful exercises to try.    One of those was dropping color into a wet wash and letting the colors mingle and then drawing the composition after everything is dry.
 
There are so many ways to capture the loveliness of a flower.  Like each of us every plant has its own personality.  Isn't it great that there is such diversity?
 
So glad you stopped to visit.    Have a blessed day.
   

19 comments:

  1. Debbie, looks like spring has arrived in your neck of the woods! We still have about six weeks before it starts to look like spring here! Both of your flowers are lovely!

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  2. Wonderful delicate paintings, Debbie. I can see why you got your brushes going.

    I've got the same book and it's got some brilliant advice in it. I haven't tried the one you mentioned though. I'll have a look and give it a go.

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  3. Evening Debbie, Very pretty.....Spring is near! Blessings~~~Roxie

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  4. I'm happy to know that spring is emerging somewhere. These flowers came out lovely....nice shading on the petals. Enjoy!

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  5. I too like the first one. Isnt it lovely spring around the corner.

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  6. Both pieces are just so beautiful, Debbie! I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite. That said, I'm surprised you are not painting every day as you do such beautiful work! Me? Not so much...

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  7. Absolutely beautiful --- ILOVE both versions ... and love how you've brought out their beauty with your background .. marvelous!

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  8. Beautiful paintings - love them both :)
    I have the very same book - some wonderful things to try in there :) xx

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  9. Beautiful paintings-you have captured spring!

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  10. Beautiful as always Debbie, and first signs of Spring for you
    We had a little cold spell, oh yes, down in the 30's at night here in Central Florida. Had to cover my tropicals, and they did alright...

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  11. Yesterday I also saw some snowdrops, they are reminders that spring is coming soon, isnt it? Wow, those are two beautiful paintings, but I think I like the first one. More blessings!

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  12. I share in your excitement of seeing new life after/during the cold, gray winter! Gives us such hope - in many realms :) I have seen green tips peaking between the dry colorless ground cover here in southern Indiana - no blooms yet!! BTW, love both the paintings - how could you ever pick? Blessings!

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  13. The paintings are beautiful - as always. I would have no idea how to go about painting a flower.

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  14. Hi Debbie. I just adore snowdrops so I hope you will be painting those too. Interesting about your two techniques. Love both paintings but funnily enough the second with the pencil marks seems looser and more spontaneous to me. Who would have thought that starting with pencil marks would end up the looser one? Take care. xx

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  15. Those first spring flowers are so special - God's love notes - I like that. I have that book and will have to pull it out and be inspired again.

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  16. Spring flowers budding already....wow. Tomorrow night we are having an artist demonstrate some water color techniques in my art guild.. I am looking forward to . Do you like to use the water color pencils?

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  17. Very fond of your bird drawings in your sketchbook. xo

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  18. Your flower paintings are lovely. I always take pictures of flowers thinking I will paint them.

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  19. Sehr schöne Arbeiten. Hauch-leicht;-)

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