Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Poppy Play

Daily Practice

Practicing 'looseness' has always been a challenge for me. I want to 'correct' mistakes, make things more realistic, 'improve, improve, improve.' But last night, I got to the B&B totally wiped out and even though I had a sketch ready for painting, just couldn't muster the energy to tackle the more complex work.

In my stack of reference materials, I came across an article about painting poppies in a 'no pencil' kind of way. I thought with my fatigue, I'd just splash around some paint and see what happened.

My first attempt (below) didn't quite leave enough of the white space I was hoping for -- my second attempt (I have to admit, came after a wonderful piece of blackberry cobbler from Rebecca!! LOL) - was closer to what I was aiming for.

Both were fun -- and I hope to try a few more this weekend.

Our new college president arrives today. Festvities and welcome events are all planned, so it promises to be a busy day, especialy since we close up for the July 4th holiday after this evening.

It's going to be another scorcher! Stay cool!

Lin Frye
North Carolina


  1. Blackberry cobbler as a painting aid! I'll have to remember that, Miss Lin, it obviously works! Lovely...

  2. Fantastic! I am trying to tackle the same problem.

  3. Thanks so much!! LOL I have to admit that Rebecca is such a supporter for me - she'll even go out to her garden and collect flowers for me to paint! LOL

  4. These posts are quite interesting to me -- I struggle with being loose myself as I cling to my pencil and pen. I think you have produced a very nice page of poppies and it was very interesting to compare the two images. I also like the one with a bit more white in it. It was nice to compare and hear about your experience.

  5. They are both fantastic, Lin! Maybe painting while exhausted really works for you (ha, not for me), and of course, dessert! The colors and looseness are simply wonderful, and your style complements the flower.

  6. Wow! You really nailed it there. I will have to remember, desert first, painting second!


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