Spring Planting

A little illustration of a girl planting tulip bulbs.  It’s  time to plant out all the bulbs I’d forced over the winter – they’ll soak up the sunshine and finish their cycle for the year…then they’ll bloom again next spring out in the garden with the other bulbs!

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LUKAS – 1862 Aquarell 48 half pan Watercolor Set

Here they are!!!  My new set of watercolor paints!  Artist grade, 48 colors, nice metal folding palette….isn’t it beautiful!!!  Here it is – just pulled out of the box:

I did so much reading online about the different brands of watercolor: Rembrandt, Sennelier, Schmincke, LUKAS, and White Nights.  I watched many review videos and blog posts and compared notes…

Finally, I decided it was either going to be Schmincke or LUKAS…and for the much better price, LUKAS won!  Schmincke was the most favored by illustrators, but, of the things they said were great about Schmincke, were also be said of LUKAS.

They come wrapped and labeled -48 half pans- it took a while just to get all the papers off and the names written down for reference!  I kept the colors arranged just as they came.  I liked how they were sorted out in rainbow order.

I’m really excited about all the extra space for mixing colors and making washes!  Here’s my picture just for pinterest, since they don’t have a nice one on there yet ; )  With all the wrappings off and the pans back in the tray, it’s easy to see all the pans are filled nice and uniform with paint.  I watched a video about how to pop the pans in and out of the tray properly so they fit nice and snug.

And my little color chart!   All the colors behaved beautifully – uniform saturation and brilliance.  No weak or murky colors.  I can’t wait to use them more – so many colors!!!

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Washing My Hair

Here’s a fun one for you – me washing my hair on a Saturday night ; )  Shampoo, conditioner, and a special de-tangler comb.  I like to get my hair washed before I go to bed so it can dry while I’m sleeping.  I actually did this little illustration after I washed my hair – while My hair was wrapped up in a towel – just before I went to bed!

Moth in Bark Tones

A new muse for the technique of stippling!  This pug moth has colors to match the bark on a tree – perfectly camouflaged against the textured surface in their glossy wings…so hatch marks and stippling captured the color/textures perfectly too ; )  I may have to make more!

A Handful of Tulips

Does anyone bring flowers to their neighbors on the first of May?  It was something we did when I was a little girl.  We’d fill a little basket with flowers, ring the doorbell and leave them on the steps, then run and hide around the corner of their house to watch them open the door and find the flowers ; )

It was symbolic to me that the long, cold, lonely days of winter were over – sunshine and warm breezes were returning and we could go out for picnics and play with our friends again!  So, in anticipation of the first of May, I painted this bouquet of tulips ; )

Daffodils

Above are my daffodils from last year.  Below are my daffodils from this week (I had to cut and bring them inside to bloom because of a coming freeze and snow!)  I started a new watercolor journal too.  I love this little journal!  Perfect size to take anywhere and good weight paper – it’s HERE if you’re looking for one.  These paintings document that the flowers this year are a full two weeks early!  The mild winter is ending in fits and starts – a problem for all the plants who were fooled into sprouting early!

Native Botanical Collection

I’ve put together a collection of my Native Flower Botanical Series.  It’s in my shop HERE.  I like the idea of decorating with flowers from this series all together – I designed the rug to have 4 of the flowers: trillium, mayflower, wood anemone, and toad lily.  If I had a solarium I would have these pillows on my wicker, this rug on the floor, and the throw blanket on the bench swing…

 

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