Sunday, June 21, 2009

Summer Solstice "Day Lily"

Happy Solstice. A first for me today. I have actually drawn and painted my first "plein aire" flower. Also this is my first post as a contributor to what I consider a first class blog. Thanks for the invitation Kate.

I am a big fan of orange stuff and these flowers are all around the area where I live. They are particularly stunning next to the duck weed covered pond where I had the pleasure of drawing. Lots of breezes today to keep the pesky critters at bay.

I did this at Hidden Pond Park in Springfield, Virginia. I used my fountain pen, sepia ink, watercolors, a Koi waterbrush , and a Micron 05 Sepia pen (borders) in a large Moleskine sketchbook. It was both fun and a challenge holding my color box, paper towel, and book in one hand and the brush in the other. I had to visit the Nature Center to find the name of the flower. I borrowed a field guide and found my flower. So I not only enjoyed drawing I gained some knowledge. I'm better with bird identification.

Fred R. Crowley
Springfield, Virginia


  1. Welcome, Fred, I'm so glad you were able to join us, and with such a beautiful painting! I love daylilies, too...

  2. Hello Fred! Nice to see you here. Love the sections. Makes me think of a Japanese paneled screen. I'm still waiting for my daylilies to bloom!

  3. Fred, this is really gorgeous! I hope you'll do more things like this--I think you always have such a good eye for spatial relationships on a page, and "my" Joe loves orange, so I'm going to show this to him, too. We have daylilies all over our garden, and I think they're so vibrant and lovely. You did a wonderful job on these.


We'd love to hear from you, your questions, comments, observations! Please feel free to comment, feedback is important to us.