Today's photo is of one of my favorite flowers, the Cleome. She is even prettier earlier in the year. The only thing about her is that those long wispy attachments are quite prickly.
While I was watching the Roddick/Soderling tennis match last evening I spent some time doing assignments in the Drawing Lab book. I was having so much fun, I was planning to do more, but the next two were about getting outside and drawing what you see. In the first place, it was dark out and in the second place, I don't have enough blood to spend that amount of time out of doors this time of year with the mosquitoes queuing up to get their turn. But I did really love these two, especially the bug one.
This one suggested watercolor, but I used colored pencils and Neocolor II wax crayons.
I used my Staedtler Triplus fineliners to add color to this one.
Since it is Friday and I've been meaning to continue practicing blind contours, I have this little drawing for you.
Sorry for the blurry picture.
And finally, I've attempted another watercolor landscape and I don't hate it. It has several problems, but overall I think I can see improvement over the last one I tried.
I'm not all that good at a graded wash yet, but I think my sky is better in this one than in the last.
I like the overall color, but wish the open hillside was a bit further to the left. It is pretty close to the center, which I was trying to avoid.
My birds are a little large, but I am calling them sandhill cranes and they are huge.
My animals are not so great, but I think you can tell they are animals. I intended for them to be cattle, but I think at a glance maybe they are sheep.
My fence isn't very good, but I think it's addition added something to the picture.
I'd sure appreciate some critique of this one, and suggestions for improvement are always welcome.
I've gotta get ready for the day. I am still in my pjs and haven't had breakfast yet. I'm either going to run errands with a friend I haven't seen in a long time and then going to spend the rest of the day and evening with the little girls, or I am just going to spend the day with the little girls. In either case, I'd better get my act together.
I won't be able to watch the Molly Murrah free WC class through Creative Live today, but next week's is supposed to be about having fun and putting it all together and I think I will be able to watch that one. I will tell you about it the Monday after.