3/20/09

SPRING

Ahhhhhhh... The first day of spring is here! Pansies are blooming in the hanging basket outside the studio, and so far the squirrels have only dug them up once.

Why in the world does this little still life of last year's pansies have an apple core in it? .....must've been desperate for something to put there.

So glad spring's here. We had a light rain last night that smelled so fresh and clean. Our daffodils and magnolia are blooming, too. Hope you all enjoy the weekend!

"PRANCING" Transparent Watercolor on 140#CP Arches, 15 x 11" COLLECTED

14 comments:

RHCarpenter said...

Why, Sandy, this painting is about the fleeting aspect of joys: the joy of spring and spring flowers blossoming; and the joy of the taste of that apple :)
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

debwardart said...

Beautiful lace!!!

Margaret Ann said...

OOOh MY! Such beautiful rich color...a wonderful composition...:)

Sweet spring moments to you as well! :)

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks for stopping by on such a beautiful spring day!

Barbara Sailor said...

Beautiful painting - beautiful lost and found edges and, of course, extraordinary color.
Barb

laura said...

This is just so beautiful--I've never seen such beautiful pansies!! Really! and the vase and lace are fabulous too--and, yes, the apple core's great too!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Sorry been so busy preparing work I have not commented on my favourite blogs all week. Off to AGM of Norwich City Art circle with art friend this afternoon, but had a quick peep this morning. Oh I so wish I could create this soft watery effects with my flowers. Love the lace - and the apple core. !! It tells a story of an artist's hunger - but more hunger to create than eat.

Lin said...

ABSOLUTELY GLORIOUS! WHAT A FABULOUS CELEBRATION OF THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING ...!

Ruth S Harris said...

This is a delightful still life! I like the apple core, it's such an unusual addition it made me stop and look.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by to comment. Have a glorious weekend!

David Lobenberg said...

Hi Sandy. Just wanted to say hello. I enjoy seeing all your different watercolor techniques. Keep up the exciting work!

Lin said...

Sandy:
I keep returning to this painting -- It's just glorious! Do you have a tutorial available to learn to paint like this? I'm imagining it's wet into wet for all those wonderful blends .. and then some wet on dry .. whatever it is .. it's magnificent! I so wish I could achieve such richness!

Joanne said...

This is beautiful! I love the lost and found edges.

Sandy Maudlin said...

David and Joanne, THANKS a bunch for stopping and commenting. Good to hear from you.

Lin - The painting's done all on dry paper, but I do apply the paint in a 'juicy' manner, at least at first. This causes the colors to mix and charge into each other without my having to push them around a lot. And, as an area dries a little, I have the option of softening an edge or two as needed by swiping a clean band of clear water along that edge. I'm thinking that I also used a scrubber brush a little to lift the highlights on the mug.

Sorry I don't have a tutorial on 'how to paint this,' but it's basic watercolor techniques - juicy colors 1st, softening edges, darkening areas later with a glaze or two... and lots of planning before I begin so that I know where the darks and lights will be.

Thanks again to all of you for visiting.