Cleome, Daisies

August 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

 Cleomes Daisies

 

Watercolor

22″ x 30″

Watercolor paper at 22″ x 30″ is easy enough to find online. But larger sizes are difficult to locate, and it looks as though the only solution is to use a roll that comes in 10′ lengths. That ought to be big enough, at least!

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Asters, Salvia

August 4, 2014 § 2 Comments

So many flowers, so little summer. I'm painting all day, but more and more flowers need to be painted. A wonderful complaint to have, that's for sure!

Watercolor
10″x14″

So many flowers, so little summer! With a big show coming up, I’m painting all day and all evening. That’s a pretty nice complaint to have, isn’t it?

Cannas, Black-eyed Susans

August 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

Watercolor 22" x30"

Watercolor
22″ x30″

Daylilies, Mexican Petunias

July 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Deeper color as summer grows warmer, days long.

Dogwoods and Azaleas

July 4, 2014 § 2 Comments

SFSmith_140630_4772

Watercolor

40″x30″

Dogwoods, that timeless favorite of spring, and azaleas, deserve lots of attention, and this spring I gave it to them. This a large painting for a watercolor, and painting at this size presents difficulties of many kinds. For instance, all the brushes need to be of different sizes than those used in “regular” watercolors, each image is larger and therefore the working area dries more slowly, and possibly unevenly. The number of flowers required to complete the planned painting is enormous. Many dogwood branches and azalea flowers went into creating this large painting, but, as Frida Kalho  said, “I paint flowers so they will not die.”

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