I recently visited Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida while on vacation. It was really nice to spend a quiet afternoon in the garden enjoying nature and taking a few photos along the way. I have a few favorites to share with you today. 🙂
So many flowers on the property to enjoy and lots of inspiration for future paintings.
The lavender caught my eye in the herb garden. ❤
I love how the afternoon sun is shining through the cute little picket fence.
Ahh, and another lavender photo but this one is a soft and romantic.
I didn’t note the name of these gorgeous plants but I was lost in the beauty of the day strolling around and having fun with my best friend.
The extraordinary colors, shapes, and textures blew me away…
I am thrilled with how these photos turned out.
It is always nice to be able to get outside and enjoy nature. I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos and have a chance to slow down and enjoy the beauty all around you.
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I continue on this journey painting both new and favorite subjects. Lavender has quickly become a favorite of mine. What I love is that there are so many varieties and beautiful color combinations to try.
As I was writing this post, I started thinking that for a future painting it might be fun to paint a landscape with rolling hills of lavender in the distance.
Below are a few paintings from this week. A few other paintings didn’t work out so well but that is how it goes… I had fun and will keep on painting and trying to improve. There is a lot to learn from paintings that don’t work out, sometimes I think you learn more from them.
I like the soft background in this painting and am happy that the colors didn’t get too dark. With this composition I was trying for something a little different. What do you think of it?
The second painting I’m not as happy with but I do like the variation and loose feel. An interesting thing I’ve found is that purple appears a bit darker in my photos than it actually is on my watercolor paper. I’m not sure why that is.
Watercolors used: a combination of Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton
Ultramarine Blue (DS), Quinacridone Rose (DS), Payne’s Gray (DS), Sap Green (WN), White(WN)
Payne’s Gray is a new color in my palette. I like to mix up my own gray with Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna Light but recently I decided to try Payne’s Gray and I really love it! If you are looking for a new color to add to your palette, I recommend giving Payne’s Gray a try.
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This week I have been working on painting lavender. I was inspired by a beautiful painting of lavender sprigs on Instagram by Anee @studiobluedesigns. I also watched a few videos online and really liked a youtube video by Nicola Blakemore on painting a pot of lavender. Here is a link to that short video: Pot of Lavender. Her painting style was loose and fluid, she shared great tips on color mixing and walked through the entire painting process in about 10 minutes. Thank you, Nicola! Below is my attempt at painting a pot of lavender after watching the video.
Later I painted a field of lavender:
Color mixing notes:
Light green used in these paintings: Sap Green (or a similar green) with lots of white. I usually never use white but Nicola recommended mixing it with green to get a light milky green color for the lavender stems and leaves.
Purple: Aquamarine Blue and Quinacridone Rose (or a similar pink), you can vary the amount of each color to get different shades of purple.
I had fun painting lavender this week while trying to keep it loose and simple. I think I should have varied up the purple more in the foreground but lessons learned! Hope you enjoy and consider clicking the follow button on the right to receive notifications of new posts by email.