Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Watercolor Wildflower Botanicals

I thought I would share with you some of my watercolor art. I still feel like beginner in many ways with some forms of watercolor. But I find that wildflowers are my favorite things to paint. I feel like I understand them more, and really enjoy trying to give them a fair representation. A couple years ago I took a class in watercoloring wildflower botanicals and it gave me a really good start. The teacher gave me some pointers that improved my ability to draw a wildflower, and I got quite excited as I found my drawings blooming in color. I really like drawing and painting them with the actual flower in my hand. I enjoy looking for the subtle variances in color. I love how my ability to see increased as I studied each flower so closely. I am not close to being a professional, as I only have time to do this for fun, so far, but I thought I'd share a few of my paintings with you. I draw first with pencil, then retrace with a Pigma Micron pen. Then I paint. The next thing I need to learn though is how to photograph them in a better way.Balsam Root - From Brewster, Washington
Bride's Bonnet - Jubilee Lake, Oregon
Common Lark spur - North Fork of the Umatilla River, Oregon - Aren't those roots amazing?
Desert Shooting Star - Brewster, WA
Wood Violet - Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA

11 bouquets of wildflowers (Comment here):

Hildegard said...

These are beautiful! Perhaps someday you can pass on some of the things you learned in painting class.

Theresa said...

Your drawings and watercolors are gorgeous! My Hubby has played a little bit with watercolor but has not had time since we've had kids. I hope he will pick it back up again. I'll have to show him your work!

Gumbo Lily said...

O my! Elizabeth Joy, these are really great! They would make pretty notecards if you scanned/printed them out! Do you have any of these framed on your walls? You should!

Jody

VJ said...

Wow! Those are great! I wish I could have the artistic eye you do.

When I took my art class in college, Tom E. let me do my projects in the privacy of my room because I was so nervous trying to do them in the eyes of other people.

Autumn Grace said...

Beautiful work!! I like the vivid colors and detailed drawing - those roots are amazing! I second what Hildegard said!

Shady Gardener said...

Those are absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing them!!

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Dirty Knees said...

You don't look like a beginner to me!

Pamela said...

those are wonderful.

Jenni said...

Beautiful artwork! I'm glad I came back to check your blog even though I haven't been keeping up with the Wildflowers in Winter themes.

ellen b said...

These are amazing Elizabeth Joy! You really have a great talent with flowers. Enjoy...

La Tea Dah said...

Beautiful wildflower watercolors! How did I miss these before? I love them! You are an excellent artist.

LaTeaDah