Hibiscus are out on full parade,beautiful white/pink/magenta camellias too. And those showy bird of paradise flowers. So tropical looking. So fabulously gaudy!
So I've been enjoying creating some floral inspired pieces in my art journal. Which I've actually completed the last page of today. I love that feeling. Especially when I've made the journal myself.
Back to the flowers though. Two very different pieces here. One illustrative in nature and one more abstract. I enjoyed creating them both.
The first one uses twinkling H2Os on an ink/stencil background that I've then added a quote from Matisse too. I used a black and white vector image of an hibiscus as inspiration for the flower shape. I find I try to make things too complex when I draw from life so while I'm learning how to simplify things this works as a great short-cut. I'll be using some techniques from this piece in my next video for Lulu Arts.
And this is my other more abstract piece. It's pure watercolour (except for a little pencil left over from the sketch) and the first time I've ever really used this medium on its own. I hope you can see it's inspired by Georgia O'Keefe and Danielle Donaldson - I will definitely be doing some more work like this again.
Because I was so afraid (!) of doing this piece badly I actually did it on the scrappy/messy back of my hand made journal (that's why those red spots are in the middle at the top). The process (of going slowly and leaving things to dry) is a long way from my usual 'slap it down and move on' methods but I really do love the transparency (see many previous posts) of watercolour and want to keep trying.
And I am not unhappy with this first result despite its many faults. :-)
Do you love watercolours? Do you have any tips to share? What's your favourite flower?