Bee Balm, Monarda, is currently blooming in our yard. I saved this purple, low growing variety from Lowe’s clearance rack a couple of years ago.
It smells wonderful and is a fun subject to sketch and watercolor.
Happy with this watercolor study.
Decided to make more complex…
Why didn’t somebody tell me about the bloom that is almost dead center?
Today’s life lesson has reminded me of something I either read or heard in a workshop some years ago. The instructor told us,
Unless we consciously and deliberately choose not to put a subject/focal point in the center of our composition, we will.
First thing this artist did was put a small “x” in the center of her paper as a reminder.
I think I’ll begin doing the same 😉
It’s not what we know. It’s what we do.
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When photographing iris a couple of weeks ago, happened to notice this composition:
Thought it would be a good reference photo for an interesting watercolor. Still do, but one struggle lead to another, to another. Soon, there were just too many to fix, hide or pretend, that’s what the artist intended 😉
After tearing off the remaining clear contact paper that I had read works just like frisket film, I cut up this disaster and flipped it…
Here are more
struggles opportunities and a few joyous discoveries on the flip side 🙂 You may recognize some from recent posts on June Rollins Art.
Continuing to intentionally work in this direction. Beginning to list ones with no flip side disasters. Here’s the first:
Joy In The Morning, 5×7, watercolor, ©June Rollins
Opening bid, $24: Joy In The Morning
Wishing all discoveries on the flip side.
One morning when out with my camera photographing iris, I heard nearby drumming coming from the woods near the back of our house. I followed the sound and was delighted to discover the Pileated Woodpecker that I’d often seen flying by.
Could I get closer without him seeing me?
Reference photo for my most recent watercolor.
“Little Drummer Boy,” 14 x18, Watercolor, © June Rollins
From what I learned about Pileated Woodpeckers, this is a young male who appears to have established his territory around where we live. He is life-size in the painting. Our own Little Drummer Boy.
Listen for the distant drumming. Wishing all unexpected discoveries!
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Let’s Keep Dreaming,
Dreamscape No. 606, 3×5, ©June Rollins
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It’s that time of year when many of us are facing the challenge of incorporating greens into our nature inspired paintings.
I took this reference photo a few years ago. While working in my flower garden, I would often be surprised by Carolina Anoles like the one you see above. I grew fond of their bold, inquisitive ways.
Even though the painting will be primarily green, I didn’t only use out-of-the-tube, green pigment. I also like the effects of mixing yellow, gold, red and blue to make a variety of pleasing greens. More info at: Mixing Greens
I began with rich color working wet-into-wet to create soft-edged shapes. I later defined the subject with a light wash.
I continued adding darker values aiming for a subtle leading and flow of edge variety and interlocking shapes.
Lean Mean Green Machine, 10×21, Watercolor, ©JuneRollins
I lifted color and glazed to create unity. Because of the glazing and predominance of green, the finished painting was difficult to photograph. Above is close in color, although actual painting has more depth.
When meeting the green challenge this year, make your painting unique by following Picasso’s advice, create “that particular green” that can’t be bought…
They will sell you thousands of greens: Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like, but that particular green, never.