more progress

My painting and crochet went well yesterday.  First I worked on the faint blue wash, adding a foreground.  I like the way it turned out and I'm not sure what else I want to do with it.  At first I wanted it to be another Queen Anne's Lace picture, but the hill is too far away for what I had in mind.

Funny how paintings go their own way. 

Next I worked on that other sky.

This one probably will be another Queen Anne's Lace painting, though perhaps I'll paint some blooming flowers instead of just skeletons and seedheads.

I did play around with a couple more closeups of the flower skeletons, too.

(I like the way real flower looks stuck into the spool of thread -- sorry Mom for stealing your thread).

The sun was streaming in the windows and it felt so good to be basking in it while I painted.  I also surrounded myself with more roses, so between the sunshine and the fragrance of the roses, I could have stayed there all day (and I pretty much did).

There's a view of the beginnings of a painting of rosehips that I started.

The painting that I had the most trouble with was one of a rose flower.

The first couple petals looked really nice when I first started, but then as I tried to give the flower more of a shape and definition, it all took on a rather uniform color.  There were some really pretty peachy tones that I lost as I blended the paint.  But it was a learning experience, and as I've stated before, I really do not know what I'm doing (I'm not being disparaging of myself, I'm just being honest.  I have no training in watercolors.  I want to learn more.  Does anyone have a recommendation of a good book for me to work with?  Or suggestions of a good website -- I haven't looked around online for any watercolor information).  I really want to paint more flowers and I think the next step will be to pull out one of my big sheets of watercolor paper and practice flower after flower after flower, getting a good feeling for how the paint works and attempting different ways to get the results I'm after.

I did finish the crochet project that I'd been working on.  It became a necklace.

I'm happy with how it turned out.

And here's a peek at the flowers I mentioned:

I keep modifying the rose design to get slightly different looks.  I hope to finish this project in the next day or so.


  1. You have a beautiful blog. Your Queen Anne's Lace paintings are beautiful and I love the sky in today's post, the roses in your studios and the crocheted roses. It's great to meet you, Anne

  2. These are coming along beautifully!! Looking forward to seeing what the top two will evolve into!

  3. Wow, your blog is so yummy! Thanks for visiting mine. Your artwork is beautiful!

  4. Your crocheted flowers are so delicate and beautiful! I crochet too but all my things are flat :-)

  5. Such pretty paintings and I LOVE the necklace you made!

  6. I love your flower skeleton :).
    Stay inspired!

  7. I love your painting it is so beautiful.

  8. i wish i could crochet like this... i can only do a straight line! love your necklace and roses!

  9. lovely - it is all so wonderful

  10. Your work is a beautiful calm. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Thank you, everyone, for all the encouragement and kindness!

  12. THe start of those paintings is great but I am really loving those skeleton images.

  13. Thank you. I think I should paint some more. And try out paintings of other found natural objects.


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