The beginning of a half sheet (22 x 30 inches) painting on Arches 140# cold press paper. I like the way it’s flowing right now.
This is a painting of a peony from unopened early bud to finished flower (center).
This one is so flat. I did try darkening areas and lifting areas but it just didn’t seem to make much difference. Maybe it’s the colors used? No, I think I’m missing something here in trying to paint irises - you want the curvy shapes and it should look more delicate than this…
Okay, one more try and then I’ll give up for a while and let this subject rest until I can work it out.
This is one of those paintings that looks so much better in the photo than in real life. Although I could play with it more and darken or lift some colors, I think I’ll just move on to something else and try out those purple/violet pigments again on another iris painting.
Finished the first peony painting by just slightly darkening areas here and there - not too much and I may be able to see it more than you see it from the previous version.
Also, painted a second pink peony just because they are so pretty. This one has a much darker background to set it off.
We have hundreds of the cicadas out and screaming their lovely mating scream now and they are all over, crunching underfoot, on everything that’s close to the ground (plants, shrubs, etc.). Some people find them a nuisance and others find them terrifying, while biologists find them interesting and just a fact of life every 17 years here in the our area.
Here’s just one of the red-eyed beauties. Think about that, times 100 or more!