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The Artistic Biker is me, Jonathan "Blade" Manning.
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Grape Hyacinth

March 28th, 2009

We woke up this morning to snow and ice making a light blanket over the whole world.  That rarely happens in Oklahoma this late.  Several times today I felt like gearing up and trudging out to sketch.  I find that when it is cold outside, it is easy for me to resist those urges.  Tonight’s EDM challenge was to draw some flowers.  I did a quick thumbnail sketch so that I could complete the challenge later, but I couldn’t resist the colors of the grape hyacinths.  So I ran back out into the 4o°F afternoon, with Girl1 in tow, to paint the little lovelies in with the new mini sketch kit.  I’m not sure how much longer I can continue to call it new, but I know I’m still having fun with it.

I’m especially glad that I went back out into the cold to paint them because all I did with the EDM sketch outside was draw a few basic shapes to lock in the placement of the flowers.  We loaded up for a family outing (go see Monsters VS Aliens!) and when we returned it was too dark to get any more details outside.  So, I used my watercolor sketch as a reference to fill in the blanks.  Usually when I a work from a photo reference, I get the basic shapes and then I have to remove the photo.  I don’t like to spend as much time in realism as I do in interpretation.

EDM
EDM 76: Draw some flowers





The Artistic Biker is me, Jonathan "Blade" Manning.
A treasure troll of a man, with hobbit feet and a sharp pointy head. You may see me traveling up and down the highways of Oklahoma looking for the next place to sketch, paint, sing, dance, write, photograph or simply meditate. I have begun a journey that once set upon, there is no turning back. You can share in my blunt force journey through the art world on my weekly U-stream broadcast
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No Responses to “Grape Hyacinth”

  1. Margaret Caton on March 29, 2009 1:06 am

    The grape hyacinths are lovely. I do so agree with you about getting down the basics from a reference photograph and then tucking it away somewhere!

  2. Rhonda on March 29, 2009 8:41 am

    I admire you for braving the cold and getting done what it was you wanted to do. The flowers are lovely and I really like your portable artist kit. Great work!

  3. Sue Smith on March 29, 2009 12:09 pm

    Well done for braving the elements! I love your mini sketch kit. I am doing a series of posts on sketching kits – I’d like to link to this post.

  4. annie on March 29, 2009 4:18 pm

    Great, Blade. I came on here from The Sketching Forum, and I like the kit–practical for standing as well as sitting– and the sketches. Lovely, delicate colors.
    annie
    (BeginAgin)

  5. Gia on March 29, 2009 10:07 pm

    First, I too like the flowers, especially the sketches. Just as a side note, Girl1 does an excellent job as photographer. Great experience for both of you.

  6. shelly mcc on March 30, 2009 2:26 am

    Great stuff! Love the images of you at work. What a great little kit!

  7. Lindart on March 30, 2009 4:15 am

    I love your sketch kit! And the Hyacinths look great too, I love these first little flowers in the garden, our are just now peeking up, but not blooming yet. A real feeling of Spring!

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