Undesignated Direction

Which way up?  A painting with subject matter like this could go any which way.  Which do you prefer?  By the time this post goes up, the painting will be finished but the way up will still be up in the air…

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This way looks airy and draws attention to the grouping of three in a row.

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No, this doesn’t work. None of them look right side up necessarily, but this one looks upside down for sure.

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I don’t like the movement in this one. Some kind of shuffling dance jerking to the right.  On the bright side, the flower on the left looks quite striking.

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This is right side up according to the original plan. It has the advantage of the light being at the top and all those shadowy stalks moving upwards.

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Miniature Hollyhocks

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I know I say every time that I don’t particularly care for painting flowers.  I just can’t seem to capture their natural randomness or delicacy.  However, I thought the hollyhocks might work since I’ve drawn them a couple of times.  Well, see for yourself if this worked or not.  I must admit it isn’t the glorious bouquet I wanted!

Hollyhocks at the Lodge

Negative painting can be a tricky technique to approach in watercolour, but we tried it with our gang from the lodge and got some great results.  White hollyhocks were the perfect flower to start with.  There were a lot of jokes about fried eggs before we put the backgrounds in, but each painting ended up looking like bright fresh flowers.

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Snow Caps

I was taken by this image on the day of our first snow here in Northern Alberta: the bright colours of summer flowers each given a tall hat of snow, or a snow cap!  The vivid colours of one season contrasting with the fresh softness of the next called out to be made into a painting. I know this is candy coloured, and it even sparkles thanks to Daniel Smith’s Amethyst, but I like the happy greeting for winter:)

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