I painted this watercolor of fading chrysanthemums after visiting a spectacular display of watercolors at the Newton Public Library in Newton, MA. Judy Metcalfe, the artist, inspired me to try my hand at observing glass and light more closely. Judy is a master painter. If you would like to see her work her email is below.
Here is her email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I did.
My fading flowers came from my garden and the vase belonged to my mom.
Fall is the season that makes me so happy that I live in New England. The weather is glorious and the color on the trees is absolutely breathtaking. My friend picked up a few of these leaves and suggested that I try a repeat pattern, blocking off the top row of leaves with mastic. I did this repeatedly and made the washes deeper and deeper. I think the result is interesting but it did take a lot of mastic!
Cape Cod offers unlimited access to water, waves, and rocks. Working on the movement of water against the rocks, the ever-changing color of the water against the sky, and the highlights of the sun on the rocks is a full time challenge. This painting is very early in the morning.
Lilies are magnificent flowers that command attention wherever they are planted. True lilies grow from plump, scaly bulbs. They have always been one of my garden favorites.
Lily flowers are valued for their very showy, often fragrant flowers. The 6 plain or strikingly marked tepals (“petals”) are often trumpet-shaped, sitting atop tall, erect stems.
Lilies take readily to containers. They all make wonderful cut flowers.
Plant bulbs in autumn. Loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches. The deep planting encourages the developing stem to send out roots to help stabilize the plant and perhaps eliminate the need for staking.
Study in watercolor washes. Could stay here all day.
I’ve had a crazy, busy summer and now that fall has arrived life is settling back into a familiar rhythm. After completing a renovation on our cape house, which began last March, I am able to return to my watercolor painting. With a few stops along the way, I am now entering year #3 of learning how to handle watercolors. I still feel like I am in my infancy as a painter. There is so much to understand and practice.
A friend brought these dahlias, from her garden, to our class. It was amazing to see how different everyone’s painting looked at the end of class.
I loved painting these flowers. I think the painting needs a background. Suggestions welcome!