Mother’s Day flowers

We need to find God, and He can not be found in noise and restlessness.  God is the friend of silence.  See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence….We need silence to be able to touch souls.        ~Mother Teresa

I really wanted to at least try drawing some of the Mother’s Day flowers while they were still pretty fresh.  So, here they are.   Some sketches, at least.  A bit unfinished, but it’s a start!

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They turned out to be rather loose interpretations, but at least you can recognize them…..I think.   I could have gone back and given them a little definition with the Micron pen, but I decided to leave some sparkles of white paper, and see if they could be recognized on their own.  I do think this next one could have done with some definition, but I’m going to leave it alone this time, I think.

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I’m encouraged enough by my progress with flowers to keep on with them, but ideally, I’d love to paint them in watercolor, in a very loose, impressionistic way.

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But that’s a challenge for another day.  I hope you enjoy them.  I’m sure I’ve said this before, but in my opinion, the Polychromos colored pencil and the Stonehenge sketch pads are a perfect marriage of paper and medium.  The first four images were created in this way, and I guarantee you that had I used ink, watercolor, graphite, anything else but the Polys in the Stonehenge….they wouldn’t look nearly as good.

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   Kerfe, this last one is for you:  my very loose Tombow marker sketch of one of Hub’s irises in my art journal.   If you all would like to see some beautiful iris renderings, check out Kerfe & Nina’s blog here.

We’re at the halfway point, people!  It’s all downhill now….  🙂

39 thoughts on “Mother’s Day flowers

  1. Wow, Laura, you rock!!! Those Mother´s Day flowers are amazing! So good!!! Roses are so hard, and you did it just perfect, IMHO 😊 I love the white in it, I think to leave some white is the secret of good sketching, drawing and painting. Gives the light. Some days ago I read a really wise quote: Always leave something to imagination. I think that´s extremely true when it comes to art. The eye of the viewer will complete the work just perfectly. Great job, Lady! 💕

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    1. Thanks Ann, for your wisdom and encouragement! :))). If I could do them in watercolor…..hehe. I still need to improve the drawings first, I think. And maybe working small might help. Make it a bit more approachable.

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        1. Oh, nice! I’ll look forward to seeing what you come up with. I’m sure to be inspired!

          Sharon, do you blog on three days only for time management? I’m starting to wonder if blogging every day is really such a good idea. It’s turning into quite a timesucker!! I do enjoy it but I wonder if I should cutback some. Your thoughts?

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  2. That rose is spectacular! I do think you have a feel for colored pencils. You really get contrast in texture and tone, and I love the layering.
    The iris makes a great card…and thanks for the link.

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you like it. I was drawing at night, on the floor, in front of the O’s game. I’d dragged the vase down too so I was looking down into the rose. Gave me good contrast with the lighting. I’d like to get them down better (drawing) before trying to paint them in WC but I’d really love to be able to do that. You’re welcome for the link! The iris was tough!! So I went fast. Sometimes that helps. And you can’t erase marker. Bonus.

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  3. Hi Laura – yes, I only blog three days because it does take time. It takes me three or four days to prepare for the three days. I started out the blog to get my creative juices going because I was teaching art at the park. But, I’m no longer teaching, but it’s the unexpected benefit of meeting so many artists like your self that encourages me to continue. For me, blogging everyday would add to much pressure. 🎨

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  4. Your flowers are beautiful! I especially like your rose! Why not combine watercolor and color pencil together? I like to use 140 lb hot press paper when I combine the two mediums. Just a thought. 😊🌈🎨

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    1. Thanks Jill! That’s a good thought, but I guess I’d have to do WC first because there’s a bit of wax in the Polys. Hmm. I’ll see. I’d like to do WC only if possible. I can do a somewhat decent rosebud in WC. The inside of the rose would be harder.

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  5. Your flowers are amazing. The rose petals looks so velvety and your carnations appear so feathery. Such attention to detail! Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! 🙂

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