Grape Hyacinth

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 76: Draw some flowers

0 thoughts on “Grape Hyacinth

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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