Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last Flower. Anomene

Anemones.  Watercolor and Crayon.
Approximately 12x12 inches.
This morning, the ground is wet, the sky is gray, and it is starting to feel like fall. It must have rained hard last night, and a huge branch is down on our maple tree in back. This tree looks great from our back porch, huge and lush. But, if you walk around to the back of the yard, its like the Wizard of Oz, and the back view exposes how many branches have come down in the last few years. I'm going to be very sad to lose this tree.

The last of the flowers are going gangbusters. There are cosmos, and zinnias, and black-eyed Susan's. One of my favorites, are the anemones, which slip in for September. They float on long stems and are elegant in slightly shady areas.  We have some, and it turns out, they are excellent deer snacks. These are from a corner that I pass daily.  The owners have a beautiful terraced wall with tons of perennial flowers.  Right now, there are pink anemones floating in masses over their flower beds.

The painting is 12x12 on Fabriano 300 lb Rough Watercolor paper (this paper is excellent--I love the way the texture works).  I used three paints--Daniel Smith's phthalo blue red scale, quin red, and Mameri Blu lemon yellow.  It's overlaid with a little bit of Caran D'ache Crayon--a very light gray (almost white) a very dark blue, a pink and some orange.  Not sure about the orange, but why not?