I have neglected my flower project so this morning I decided to resume thinking about the project by doing some studies of flowers. The flowers on this watercolor page are actually two different vignettes from the artificial flowers I have in my studio still life. They will probably none of them find their way into the painting that’s in the works, but they help get me into flower-thinking-mode.
And the mode is important too.
Just now as I was on the porch photographing the watercolor page, I was surprised to note that there was still water puddled here and there. Don’t know if it’s visible in the photo or not.
I was also very mindful of the humongous spider that I see in that same location at night. I think he’s strictly nocturnal so I don’t anticipate encountering him in the daylight. At least I hope not! He’s very big, very scary (for the arachnophobic). and besides that I’m worried I might trip over him.
Seriously. He’s big.
Anyway, in episodes of coffee sipping when I waited for passages of the watercolor to dry, I made a quick oil pastel of the same central rose. I’m looking at a volume on Sargent lately and I marvel at how much the man was always painting or drawing something. Little vignettes, random sketches, you name it. The lesson for me is this: be often drawing. Look all around you, and draw what you see. It’s that simple sometimes.