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Sunday Sketching

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I went for a trip to do some sketching today.  Feeling interested in continuing my work with flowers, I played around with some ideas.  I was thinking about sketching some water plants; there are some beautiful ponds and water gardens around my town that start blooming this time of year that are hugely inspirational to me.  It's funny... I have a much easier go of capturing flowers that are more freeform in structure.  Gladiolas are my favorite flower, which I depicted in my painting.  Their feathery petals and long arching stalks draw me right in.  I am struck by the amazing, vibrant colors of water lilies, but I find their smooth, unlined symmetry to be a beast of a challenge to express.  I chose some purple water iris to sketch, and had an amazing afternoon of it.


Rough charcoal sketch line study of water iris.
 Playing with painting... acrylic on canvas.
The blue painting above... I wanted to try "experimenting" a little too today, to shake myself around.  I figured I'd play around with my paints a little bit just to see what happened.  It was just fun, mostly because I made something unlike anything I usually do, but more because I was just going with it.
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