You may remember that my mornings start with this face . . .
And we go for a walk.
All of my three Huskies love the garden, but this one likes to smell flowers.
So, I thought it would be a good idea to sketch the wildflowers we see on our walk – and let Teddy do the choosing.
I took my good camera for photos so I could get close-ups, but the breeze and morning sun are not conducive to good, sharp photos, so I also picked a sample of each and put them in a vase when we got back.
And I added a Yucca pod because Teddy chose one of those too.
We are in the high desert, remember, and deal with drought and monsoon conditions, so our wildflowers never know what to expect. If they manage to come up at all, they are pretty small and usually pretty beat-up.
So, I thought it would nice to give them some attention for once. Like Georgia O’Keeffe, I had the power to glorify them by giving them some size.
These sketches are done with the marker technique I talked about last time.
Notice how the top one is pasted over?
Lots of folks would say that you should just live with your mistakes in your journal.
I’m not one of them. That’s why I love erasers so much!.
I had first sketched the purple flower from a photo instead of looking more carefully at the blossom itself, and although the painting turned out very nice looking, it didn’t look at all like the real thing.
So. I redid it. Let the art journal police come after me if they want. I’M the one who has to look at this page all the time.
I made some interesting discoveries since last time.
My favorite marker set is no longer out there in the 1.0 nib size, but only as a fine liner. I have had these a long time and had no idea.
I tried some Tombow markers, but they did not work as well – wanted to bead up on the Sheer Heaven.
Try any water-soluble marker you have around.
Does Marvy still make markers? I found some of those – but dried out after 20+ years.
Did I ever mention how much I LOVE drawing in boxes? Or grids? Or frames of any kind?
My former Love This Journal students know that, dontcha?
I especially LOVE having things escape the frame – or go from one frame into another.
I have no idea if these wildflowers have names or what they might be. But, I am going to do some research because these sketches would make a nice Notecard set for the gallery.