Monthly Archives: March 2010

Panda

I read a lot of blogs on art, photography, and design. I recently found a post on creating a vector panda in Illustrator. Being a fan of anything cute I decided to give it try with a different pose and some calligraphy. The writing says panda :)

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Panda with Bamboo

Tea

“Tea with honey is a very grand thing.” ~ Winnie the Pooh

Tea is probably my favorite drink, I’ve been sipping cups of it since I was a very small child. It’s a pick-me-up, cheers you up, and above all tastes even better when served in a fancy cup and shared with someone special. I prefer Black and Oolong varieties although a proper cup of Indian chai is especially wonderful.

I think good proper tea like painting is all about the preparation. Everything is set up and ready before paint goes on the paper or tea goes in the cup.

It should be no surprise that my latest painting is about tea. The calligraphy says “a cup of tea.”

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Fuchsia

Fuchsia

For some odd reason where I live escaped a really snowy winter so much so that my crocuses have already started to flower. Even though spring is on the way I still miss the bright colors of summer so I painted some fuchsias. I like both the plant and the color named for the plant. Anyone that likes color and crayons should find Wikipedia‘s info interesting – who knew there was such a history behind one color?!

I painted the fuchsia on double shuen flower paper using dark ink and watercolor paints. The calligraphy reads “beauty.”

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Fuchsia

Poppies

I’ve always liked the combination of the frilly petals with the mineral green center that typifies a poppy ink painting. They are quite fun to paint, I think these resemble the field or corn varietal. The painting was done on double shuen paper and the key to the stamens is a very dry brush loaded with dark ink. The calligraphy means peace :)

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Poppies

Eastern Skunk Cabbage

Today my hubby and I went for a walk at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm. It is an old farm that has been converted into a National Estuarine Research Center and has exhibits, a library, lectures and a wonderful trail system. For us the coming of spring is marked by the Eastern Skunk Cabbage shoots that poke up from the muddy wetlands. They are in abundance along the Laird-Norton Trail boardwalk.

The center of the plant contains the spadix surrounded by a mottled purple spathe.

Materials: Derwent Metallic Pencils

Cheers!
Eastern Skunk Cabbage
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