Fell in love with the colors in the reference photo
of this hibiscus flower. Looks like it is on the edge of the ocean and a
bit in the shade. Ahhh. . . the
feeling of cool air and warm water. How
exotic that it was taken in Morocco by PMP photographer Alicia Elliott. She’s from British Columbia so it must have
been a crazy long flight. Glad she went tho – this was so much fun to paint since
these flowers have playful shapes and challenging negative spaces. Thanks Alicia!
What better than a lady bug on Friday the 13th. Let’s call her Lucky Lady #2. This one
should bring double goodness especially because it’s larger than life, by a mile. A blast to paint these stunning complementary
colors (red and green), but challenging to push the greens into the
My turn to host the art group painting day. Always delightful painting with a group. Subject was watermelon - they just won't stop saying, "paint me, paint me!" Fun trying to get it to look juicy, opaque, yet translucent. The daisy wouldn't cooperate, so I got out my palette knife. A challenging tool for me, but really happy the way it worked out. Will probably take a week or more to dry. . . . but, that will give me time to ponder what to do with it next. Love what happened to the watermelon part too.
Special project last month (thanks to a very dear artist friend) to make a canvas placemat as an intro to making a floor canvas - must have watermelons on the brain - or perhaps just too much heat around here. "Felt like" temp today of 111 - what, this is the mid-Atlantic. . . .
Flexible canvas, acrylic paint.
Thank you for reading this far. My gift to you - a favorite summer treat. Make watermelon "sticks" served with balsamic glaze and a sprinkle of pink salt - looks so grown up don't you think?
Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time – Johnna