I haven’t been buying flowers lately but this small bouquet at Trader Joe’s was $3.99 and I figured it was a minor enough extravagance to indulge. I seem to always pick bouquets with something orange. Come to think of it, I pretty much always pick the same type of bouquet with the same type of flowers. Having any colorful flowers to look at is nice but maybe next time I’ll try for something different. I could really go for some red ranunculus.
In a few weeks, I’m going to be giving an art class to a group of 5th and 6th graders that my friend teaches on the Central Coast. We are going to be doing a lesson about Van Gogh and the students will be painting their own versions of Van Gogh’s Two Sunflowers, 1887. In preparation, I painted an example. I’m a bit out of practice with acrylics and I only have three colors in my supply. The background is much darker than I like, but all in all, my first acrylic painting in years is not terrible and will at least be a good example for the class.
When I was done, I had a little more time before my son woke up from his nap, so I did a quick sketch of one of the flowers with a black brush pen and watercolor.
In August, the fam and I went up to Seattle for a wedding. The weather was amazing and the scenery was beautiful. I took along my travel watercolor set and a 6 x 8 watercolor block. These are my sketches from breakfast, the front yard of our rental, and the Conservatory of Flowers at Volunteer Park.