Sunday, June 13, 2010
Inspired by Sunflowers and Irridescent Medium - Lin Frye
When my friend, Jodi, came to paint this weekend, we worked on 'splatter and splash' to loosen up and approach our watercolors in a somewhat different manner. Fun! Jodi added to the play by sharing her Irridescent Medium to the work. I don't know if it shows up or not, but there is just a 'hint' of sparkle and shine to the painting. I can't wait to try this medium on snow!
This painting was based on the sunflowers that have sprouted by my bird feeder. There are several different kinds of sunflowers growing -- all indicating the various seed types a bag of sunflower birdseed contains.
Sunflowers are interesting --- the plants are allelopathic, meaning they exude a chemical that decreases the ability of other seeds to germinate. We haven't filled our birdfeeders in quite a while since the kitties pose a threat to them, so seeing these sunflowers come up and bloom was quite a delightful surprise. I'm going to let these flowers seed out so perhaps a few other surprises will bloom next year.
We have a house full of company coming for C's jam today - so I'll be scarce. The thunderstorm we had last night is supposed to 'repeat' itself all week, and temps are due to reach triple digits. Gracious, it's not even summer yet!