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