Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the summer. The large peony at the top was based on an image I had from the Arb, along with a few others that I found after searching on the cultivar. As I painted, I referenced the images but also let it flow and tried to just feel the shapes of petals as I went. The details on some of the strokes came out so pretty! I had somewhat murked up the middle of the flower, so just to be wild and crazy I broke a watercolor purist rule and added some acrylic to the center to add the yellow stamens. I can already tell that peony studies will be prevalent in the next few months.
The painting in the middle was done en plein air up at the cabin, studying a sweet little bouquet that my friend Kele gave me from her garden. It was an excellent first assignment in painting (around) the white daisies.
This is one of the many challenging aspects of the medium, planning for all of the light and shade ahead of time. I have to think for awhile when I start a piece, to determine how I will go at it. What order to do things in. How to work light to dark. Where I will need to keep it wet. How much area to keep moist. How to plan out my palette before I get started. Each time I paint, I learn something new from the process.
The third piece here was referencing a photo I took of a bouquet on our dinner table, pink + pink. This is obviously a favorite color family, but I thought it was another good study. I wanted to try to capture the depth and variety of flowers with a single spectrum of color. This way I had to figure out how to lighten and darken my palette with limited pigments and/or water alone.
There will be many more colors soon. Mixing up the colors is one of the most exciting parts! I love how my college color theory class is all coming back to me. I already want to buy so many more watercolor paints. And acrylic paints. And paper. And brushes. This will be neverending, I’m sure.
Much more to come, including my first commissioned piece which I’m delivering tomorrow. Remember, if you want more process and more painting follow along on instagram // @gardenofedin