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BEHIND THE SCENES: Gathering Reference Material for Future Paintings
One of the most enjoyable parts of art for me is gathering reference material for future paintings. Photographs and on-site sketching are the two best ways I use to gather information -- for use later, back in my studio, to create my watercolor paintings. I am happiest when I can also do this "gathering" with people I love . . .
Here are some photos from my latest outings, in preparation for three different painting series:
1) GARDEN FLOWERS:
My granddaughter and I waited for the rain to stop -- then went outside to sketch the roses and take some pictures of the rest of the garden.
I can't wait to paint these roses! . . . and the poppies!
This would make a great painting!
Love the color of this Japanese maple, especially next to that green -- beautiful color combination.
Time to sketch the roses . . .
Remy working in her sketchbook, made of handmade paper
I add a little color to my sketch, with colored pencils.
The clematis was beautiful, too.
. . . and, one of these days, I must paint Nadia!
2) CACTUS Series -- Hiking in the hills and neighborhoods of Anthem, AZ, with my friends
The ocotillo, with the "flames" shooting off the ends, might make an interesting painting.
I really liked the color of this prickly pear cactus -- it's different than the prickly pear in my backyard.
The neighbors probably loved my snooping around in their yards with my camera.
Definitely want to include an agave in this series -- love its shape and color.
3) COLORADO WILDFOWERS & TREES -- Hiking with Alan and Royal, west of Durango --
Purple lupines at the base of the tallest aspen trees I have ever seen . . .
These are just a few of the hundreds of photos I took -- lots of inspiration for later use . . .