I've been working on a watercolor painting since last weekend. When our power was out for a few days last weekend, I took my watercolor board and paper to the hotel where we were staying in the interim. My plan worked out well, as I almost completed the drawing for the painting there, working on the ample desk in our room for a few hours. I'm currently involved in that piece, a painting of hollyhocks from our garden. The growth structure of the plant is so beautifully designed. Hope I'm able to hold onto the feeling I have about the subject until it's finished.
Now the Giant Hibiscus has opened in our front garden. It just began yesterday, and I'm sure I'll be out there with my camera tomorrow. Those blooms are as big as saucers!!! Above is the painting I did of one of those blossoms last year. This is a 22"x30" piece. My goal with the painting was to work somewhat more realistically than I usually enjoy painting. I have to really sit on myself to do that. The piece I'm developing now is worked out with a more open approach, which I'm relishing. What I really love is having an open concept, where the interpretation pretty much "finds itself" on my page. I'll get back to you with that painting, as soon as I complete it. You will see the similarities of the two plants, which are probably cousins, a part of the same genus. Hell, I'm not a horticulturist...just an artist enjoying the beauties that the world has to offer us. Magnificent!!