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06-30-2013, 09:40 PM
This month we will be studying the oft-forgotten, much-aligned, cursed and condemned lowly WEED and their varied strange but beautiful botanical forms and flowers!

These are all my photographs of wildflowery weeds growing here in west Texas with exception of pink wild sweetpeas in New Mexico. I do not know their correct names but some may be familiar to you. Feel free to add your own local natives to the lineup here :rolleyes: the more the merrier :lol:

· Reveal date: On or after the 25th July!
· Use any medium to get these weeds ready for the reveal date!
· Design the creation by making it personally yours in your own style!
· Share your discoveries and setbacks, but do not show your work till 25th!

Wild sunflowers

We call these blueweeds

Another set of blueweed blooms

Wild pink colored weeds

Yellow primrose flowers

Another set of primrose

Pink wildflowers

Yellow weed flowers

White flowering weeds

Mexican redhats

Daisy style weeds

More daisy looking flowers

Pale green flowery weed

06-30-2013, 09:42 PM
Some more:

Round red tops

Wild prickly poppies

Wild fuchsia pink sweetpeas

Tiny white flowery weed

Golden yellow weed flower


07-01-2013, 12:24 AM
Kay, so the lowly roadside weed is getting its time in the spotlight!! Sounds fitting!! They do have to grow in the hot, hot sun. . .guess that could be the spotlight!! :D I'm in!! Should be an adventure to see what else is out there for the 'picking'!!

Thanks for hosting!!


Vivien Maloney
07-01-2013, 01:31 AM
This looks really interesting. What wonderful weeds you have in your part of the world! I'll definitely have a try at one of them. Thanks for Hosting Kay.

07-01-2013, 03:56 AM
Nice selection Kay.
My husband often laughs at me when I stop and photograph what he calls weeds, and I call roadside wild flowers :lol:

07-01-2013, 04:16 AM
Oh Wow, what a feast..:clap: I cant make up my mind!!!!

Kay envy you all your weeds, so beautiful...Thanks for jumping in and hosting for this month.

07-01-2013, 09:23 AM
A good selection to choose from. I would like to take part this month.

07-01-2013, 10:18 AM
I'm glad everyone's excited. We have had a little rain so more species should be popping up soon. Welcome to the forum and to WC, tuscanny, so happy to have you join us.

07-01-2013, 12:32 PM
Wow, Kay, I want to move to Texas! So many of these "weeds" look like the perennials I try to coax along in my garden during my 10-week summer!

I would like to take part this month, if I don't become too bogged down in "life".


07-01-2013, 01:04 PM
Kay, a wonderful selection of the lovely blooms :thumbsup:

here's some wild ones from the side of my driveway :D

Indian paintbrush

small yellow flowers

daisy :wave:

Charlie's Mum
07-01-2013, 05:22 PM
Funny thing Kay, on my walk on Saturday I looked at all the lovely weeds/verge wild flowers and thought what a nice PP they'd make ...... so will take camera with me and photo them for this!
Love to see how they vary in different countries ...... thank you for promoting the humble weed - a flower in the 'wrong' place!:lol:

07-01-2013, 05:23 PM
I've got a few wildflower photos everyone is free to use. If you would like a larger one, pm me.

Please correct me if I get the names wrong.

Rudbeckia or Black-eyed Susan

Wildflowers in the field next to my house


Wildflowers in the ditch out by the mailbox:
I think this one is a wild geranium of some sort.

Wild phlox



07-01-2013, 05:29 PM
LOL....I recognize several of those from my garden, and I don't think of them as weeds. I guess, then, that anything that becomes invasive can be considered a weed. Or for that matter, anything that decides to grow someplace other than where you plant it. Hmmmm.....looks like an anything goes month. My neighbours grow ferns, goutweed and lily of the valley, all of which I consider to be weeds if they cross the property line....which they have a very bad habit of doing! I'm going to have to think about this, but hopefully I'll come up with something. Ditch lilies should count, right? :)


07-01-2013, 05:54 PM
This is awesome! I have been thinking about doing a weeds with bees (or insects) series for quite some time, so here's the opportunity ;)

07-01-2013, 08:36 PM
Great selection of pretty weeds/wildflowers!
Kay, what about the Texas Bluebonnet? Is this also classified as a weed or wildflower? Could I paint those? thanks, Adele

07-02-2013, 09:21 AM
Hi All!

Such a lovely collection of pic..shall certainly take part this month..am new to this forum and did peep (actually stare) and admire all the wonderful rhoddy paintings...but was too nervous to take part..

Well, its great to be here...

Suddenly, the 25th July seems far away:-)) Waiting to see all your wonderful pieces of Art!

Warm regards,


07-02-2013, 11:01 AM
So much to choose from! I just hope I have time this month to work on one...or two. Can't decide which to do, or whether to photograph my own... My husband considers half of the perennials in our garden to be weeds! I must admit the daisies have rather taken over... But I see at least three or four pictures here I'd like to paint. What a clever idea, Kay...wild flowers! Yum!

07-02-2013, 12:43 PM

What a great selection of flowers, some which you posted could hardly be called weeds. I would like to do a local weed as my paintings go on exhibit eventually with my hometown art group but our local weeds are not so pretty. I love the wild white Morning Glory but people here really consider them weeds which overtake all else and so pull them out, so not a consideration. I will have to wander around and see what else I can find which will give me inspiration to paint. Anyway, looking forward to this challenge.

Vivien Maloney
07-02-2013, 07:40 PM
The Blue Morning Glory has taken over lots of our native bush in the tropical North Island of NZ and is considered a noxious weed - very invasive. I'd never seen it before I went to the Bay of Plenty in the North Island. It's too cold down where I live for it. I love it's irridescant blue colours - glorious. I've done lots of sketches of it over the years...I may be able to pull out a sketch to paint it....that's a thought.

07-02-2013, 10:57 PM
All these extras are really attractive! Thanks for posting them. I have a few more images of red Mexican hats that look like dark blood red velvet skirts.
Bluebonnets are considered wildflowers and are Texas state flower. People in town plant them in their gardens.

Mexican red hats1

Mexican red hats2

07-03-2013, 02:07 AM
Hi Kay, thanks for hosting this month and for such a lovely collection of pics. Love weeds!!

Deborah Secor
07-03-2013, 02:06 PM
I'm glad Katherine pointed me over here. Fun! I love weedy wildflowers. I'll try to pitch in this month, too, as I'm just now getting back to painting after a couple months hiatus. Finally moved and relatively settled, at least enough to find the paints.

I live in the land of glorious weeds, which is about all that will thrive in the recent heat. Here are a few of my photos, too.



Purple Asters and...?


07-03-2013, 04:36 PM
Hi Deborah, good to see you here. We have those same weedy flowers here, too...love the datura that Georgia O'Keeffe made famous!

07-04-2013, 01:01 AM

Is the white flower you posted a Morning Glory?

07-04-2013, 01:03 AM
Deborah, I knew you would have fun with this subject matter!! Love the additional refs you have included!! Wheee!!


07-04-2013, 01:03 AM
Gail, it is a datura.

07-05-2013, 07:50 PM
I came up with two ideas and started on one of them today. I don't know....the other one might be easier....just sayin....


07-05-2013, 10:20 PM
I am new to wet canvas and excited about joining in. Great interesting challenge this month:clap: :clap:

Vivien Maloney
07-05-2013, 11:42 PM
Lylecraft -:wave: A warm welcome to Wet Canvas and this month's Plant Parade.
If you need help with anything just ask. We are here to help.
You may also like to check out our Chat thread - "The Greenies Room" at the top of the Forum Page.
Good to have you here, and looking forward to seeing your work, on "reveal day" which is the 25th of the month.

07-06-2013, 07:13 AM
Are lupins considered a weed? When I was traveling in New Zealand, the locals thought so, but here in the States people plant them like flowers. Could I get a "ruling" please? Thanks!

07-06-2013, 09:46 AM
Interesting about the Datura plant...highly poisonous. I had watched a medical puzzle show where a middle-aged woman fell into a coma with a failing liver after harvesting some basil from her herb garden. The medical staff was puzzled.
I forget who eventually figured this out, but it turned out that her Datura plant nearby had brushed against the basil she had harvested, and had poisoned her!
She eventually recovered- but who would've thought! The Sago palm is deadly, too - especially to family pets like dogs. There's more to these plants than we know...just be careful!

07-06-2013, 02:51 PM
Sandy, go for it!! They are actually both, but we will use the 'weed' title on the Lupin this month!!

Interesting about the Datura plant and Sago Palm. Thanks for the info!!


Vivien Maloney
07-06-2013, 04:13 PM
Datura - Datura grows in the sub-tropical top of the North Island of NZ.
It is highly toxic and there has been many cases of people hospitalised and dying from trying to get a high from it. It's well known for that in NZ. Such a shame as the Datura flowers are beautiful - pristine but extremely deadly. All parts of the Datura are poisonous, so if you touch one wash your hands immediately!

Lupins - Yes they have reached plage proportions in New Zealand because they've escaped from people's gardens and cultivated themselves - especially around inland NZ. I grow them as I love the Lupin flowers, so they can be classed as a weed or not - depending on where you live.

This is a pastel painting I did a couple of years ago with Lupins in flower at the Arrow River walking track in Arrowtown, New Zealand
This painting is NOT for this month's Plant Parade. Just thought you may like to see Lupins.


07-07-2013, 12:31 AM
Viv, thanks for the info!! Deborah, hope that you did not touch it to take that picture of it!! Pretty work, Viv. . .as usual!! :D

Have my ref drawn off. . .need to start it now!!


07-07-2013, 10:07 AM
Well, I'm done...unless I walk into my studio and find that something is completely wrong! I'll have to go back to the original posting to find out what kind a weed this is...I just liked the composition...

07-07-2013, 03:10 PM
How about including the cosmos into this list? The cattle love it and therefore only the roadsides are usually abloom in the late summer.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jul-2013/1256189-cosmos1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jul-2013/1256189-cosmos2.jpg

07-07-2013, 10:04 PM
Viv, that's a lovely painting of the lupines (bluebonnets)! Cosmos can be a flowering weed, too, and are one of my faves. I took this photo yesterday late afternoon at the Inn of the Mountain Gods lake in New Mexico. Some type of thistle that included a moth. Today finished up my red hats.

I've uploaded to the RIL here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176487)

07-08-2013, 09:01 AM
Thank you for accepting lupins. Here's a photo I took of them in New Zealand in case anyone would like another resource.


I hope I have uploaded this correctly! I thought the picture would appear in the body of the message before I hit submit, and all I see is a link. Fingers crossed this will work...

07-08-2013, 10:07 AM
Finally got started on one tonight, been busy in Mum's PAL on waves. Decided to use the teaching thread to do a painting for a fav client of mine.

My choice for PP is the bane of my life.. (Oxalis debilis var. corymbosa) It gets into everything and is almost impossible to eradicate.

07-08-2013, 10:20 AM
I love cosmos...we get them every late summer in our little wildflower garden, and they continue to bloom way into the Fall. There are some great photos here to work from...I may have to try another! But I'm beginning to have a large backlog of photos begging to be painted, so I don't know...

07-08-2013, 01:53 PM
Lovely lupines, Sandy, looks like you did upload correctly. Tuscanny, where do these cosmos grow so abundantly? I'm with you, Lea, as for the backlog of subjects waiting...

Vivien Maloney
07-08-2013, 04:17 PM
Sandy - Yep, lovely Lupins, everywhere!!! Do you remember where in New Zealand you took the photo? It's probably somewhere in the middle of the South Island?

Meggs - Oh no, not Oxalis! I'ts the bain of my life also, seeds everywhere and just when you think you've got it all out...more springs up. Does your breed in Australia have a yellow flower? It does have a pretty little flower though.

07-08-2013, 06:08 PM
So what does oxalis look like? Was that one of the references? I know almost nothing about flowers...

07-09-2013, 01:41 AM

Lea, I recognize this one that grows in Texas, too. It is a pretty little flower. . .sorry, Meryl and Viv! :angel: :lol:

After participating with the PP for over 2 years, I am beginning to know the names of a lot of flowers even in Australia! :rolleyes: So, stay tuned, Lea, you will learn!! :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

07-09-2013, 03:44 AM
Teach nice to see you have that pest over there to...:lol:

Viv ..no, ours have flowers like the photo Teach posted.. the only difference I can see is ours has a white throat.. My breed has nut like seeds in the root. You have to lift the whole plant out and get the nuts and the smallest bit left behind will sprout. GRRRRRRRRRRRR

07-09-2013, 09:48 AM
Vivien, I took the photo in Fiordland National Park, but you're right, we did see a lot of lupins east of Mt. Cook around the lakes.

Vivien Maloney
07-09-2013, 04:05 PM
Oh your Oxalis is much prettier than ours! Mine has the same small flowers but they are yellow and the foliage is a bronze colour. But it's an absolute pest to try and eliminate - just about impossible. I think I've got it all out and then days later up springs a whole lot more. It would completely take over if it was allowed too.

Blue Morning Glory - I'm finding it very interesting that species of weeds are very different in different countries, and indeed even different parts of those same country! The Blue Morning Glory that I've sketched and painted in the Bay of Plenty in NZ has very pretty pale crimson stripes in the petals but I can't see the same colors in any other photos of it - fascinating things weeds!

Deborah Secor
07-09-2013, 07:15 PM
Ah, I just remembered the name of the orange flowery weed I posted: globe mallow. (Googled here (https://www.google.com/search?q=globe+mallow&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=honcUePxPIeCygGV3oCoCw&biw=1440&bih=786&sei=koncUcC7CvPryAGo0IGwAw).)

Hmmm, I almost wish oxalis would take over here. The only place I've seen it is in a pot at a friend's house! It needs more water than NM will generally provide, I presume. Our weeds are much more prickly. All of the trouble and big nasty thorns to boot.

07-10-2013, 01:50 AM
Viv the only way I can get rid of Oxalis is to spray with vinegar or weedkill I have a spray bottle that I have attached a small round funnel to the sprayer. I put this over the plant and give it a lethal misting. Digging it only spreads it. Apparently in Aus there are many colours to be had, and it has been suggested on a Gardening Program, if you cant beat it, make a feature of it LOL

Our Morning Glory which we often see entwined in trees, is a pretty iridescent blue with a white throat. I love them and would truly love to grow in the garden, but they are on the "Hit" list here. :wave:

One of the greatest weeds we have here is a shrubby type called Lantana. Im going to try and paint one, but it might be beyond me. Now there is a weed with thorns, will tear you to pieces but it is so pretty.

07-10-2013, 06:23 AM
There is a story around here that when the queen came to visit South Africa, the roadsides were sown with flowers as preparation for her visit. From then on the cosmos has flourished.

07-10-2013, 12:43 PM
Viv, while looking for these little flowers, I found your painting of the Lupines on that site, too!! I just typed in the scientific name that Meryl gave us and kept scrolling down and there it was!! So, that must mean that you are famous!! :clap: :clap: :lol:

I also found an image like the one you described, but it would not download. Will keep looking!!

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

Vivien Maloney
07-10-2013, 03:50 PM
Oh Katherine, how lovely to know I'm famous! somehow I'd missed that (hahahaha) lol :lol:

Meggs - Interesting you can spray Oxalis with vinegar, I didn't know that.
We seem to have many weeds in NZ the same as you have in Australia. Blue Morning Glory is a real rampant weed in the top of the North Island, beautiful but chocking our native bush wherever it grows.
When I was holidaying in the Bay of Plenty, the same day I took my photos of Blue Morning Glory, (I picked some to take back to the house to sketch) I also took photos of a Datura tree. It was covered in those pristine, white blooms and looks so beautiful. I would have picked a flower to bring home to sketch from it to, but there were people standing by it. When I got home and told my son about it he was horrified "Mum you probably wouldn't have made it home if you'd picked that" he said. Then the next morning, the local paper was full of a young teenager who'd tried to use it for getting a high off it and had died in hospital. :eek:

07-15-2013, 12:09 PM


Just saying. . .http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jul-2013/146894-skipping.gif Jump on it!! :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

07-15-2013, 01:18 PM
Teach did you have to tell me that.... now Im under pressure. I have 2 backgrounds and no flowers :eek:

My excuse is I have been doing a painting for a friend, posted it in Acylics tonight... Now Im going to have to put my head down and butt up to make the deadline.:crossfingers:

Vivien Maloney
07-22-2013, 03:45 PM
Oh! I've just realised the date and after having a flying start at the beginning of the month, got caught up doing other paintings! So no, I haven't finished mine...in fact I've hardly begun!:eek:

07-22-2013, 04:25 PM
Well, it is coming Thursday to a theatre near you, mainly this forum!

07-22-2013, 08:24 PM
I give up. This painting is very busy, and not going well at all. The photo I used had not definitive directional light, and I'm not good enough to invent it. I'm not so sure you are going to get to see it. :(


Vivien Maloney
07-22-2013, 11:07 PM
Keep at it Karen. You may be surprised at what develops. I'm often like that with mine and sometimes amazed at what I've finally produced.

07-22-2013, 11:46 PM
I haven't even started yet, can't seem to settle :(

Charlie's Mum
07-23-2013, 06:17 PM
I definitely haven't started yet - too many catch-up pieces in the works :(

07-23-2013, 07:19 PM
Such a hectic month so far, a lovely challenge, thank you Kay, and I have really wanted to contribute. Anyway, thanks to our rabbit, Ralph, I can!:cat:
I took him for his daily walk in the garden on his harness and usually he charges from one direction to another with me chasing. But this exceptionally hot weather has made him...and me...somewhat somnolent and so we sat under a shady tree with my oil pastels and a little drawing pad. We saw plenty of weeds so I've managed a little offering. Thank you Ralph.:) :)


Thought you'd like to see him!

Vivien Maloney
07-23-2013, 11:22 PM
Awwwww! Ralph is so sweet Margaretta!

Tomorrow is Thursday 25th for us "down under". I've got mine finished...just...and I'm not happy with it, but I'm going to post it tomorrow anyway as I just keep going back into it fiddling with it. It looked better at the beginning!

07-23-2013, 11:41 PM
Once again I couldn't sleep so spent the nite doing two :D

and Ralph is a cutie :thumbsup:

07-24-2013, 12:04 AM
Margaretta, Ralph is adorable!! Is he a good guy? He looks like he is!! :D

Peeps, tomorrow for some and Thursday for the rest!! I need some sunshine to take my picture, though!! We have had some lovely days of overcast skies and even some rain, so, tomorrow, I must have the sun!! :D

Kay, thanks for our 'Weeds'!!

Hugs, Katherine

07-24-2013, 07:15 AM
Hi. Yes Ralph is adorable but very naughty. He's a house bunny and has chewed seven wires in an afternoon when we hadn't realised he had escaped. We lost a TV, internet and music system. At the moment his paws and chin are resting on his ice pad as it's too hot to take him outside. Then he would be a hot, cross bunny!
Whoops! Back to weeds!

Charlie's Mum
07-24-2013, 08:24 AM
My weeds keep growing - sadly, not on paper ............. yet!;)

Ah - Ralph - he's gorgeous!

07-24-2013, 12:03 PM
love Ralph, but how could anyone not? Sounds as though the month has been busy for all of us, and for most very, very hot! My weeds are taking over my garden since it is just too hot out there for me to do anything but survival gardening! And, we still have August to suffer through :eek: But looking forward to seeing all those lovely weeds that I do not have to destroy :D

Vivien Maloney
07-24-2013, 02:33 PM
Good morning all. :wave: Well that time has rolled around again, so here's my weed.

It's Blue Morning Glory (Ipomoea indica) or otherwise known as Blue Convolvulus. Blue Morning Glory is classed as a noxious weed in New Zealand and is rampantly growing in the top of the North Island amongst some of our beautiful native bush. To see the Morning Glory ablaze with its bright Cerulean Blue flowers, in the morning, is a sight to behold. This New Zealand species has a bright and very beautiful magenta throat.

20x20cm - Atlelier Interactive Acrylics on watercolor paper

07-24-2013, 03:13 PM
Viv, as we all knew you start us off with an amazing piece ... this is such a stunning shade of blue and love the macro style ... kudos! (but I still would like to have that 'weed' growing up my telephone pole :)

07-24-2013, 05:17 PM
Viv that is glorious. Im with you, I love the "Morning Glory" but here its in the "Kill" list to. What an excellent job you did on this.

Im not to keen following on from you... I sorta only made a half hearted attempt this month,, had other things on the go.

First up is the Australian Lantana..such a pretty thing, but can grow into huge mounds.. As kids we use to burrow into them and make caves to hide in, but you have to watch out for the thorns.. They are like the "Brambles".. can hold you fast like a prisoner.

The second is "Oxalis" the bane of a gardeners life.. get inot the garden and your pots.



07-24-2013, 05:38 PM
wow, Meryl, these are two gorgeous pieces! Love the fragile, dainty look of the Oxalis blossoms and then the firey, brilliant Lantana as such a contrast. Many of us would love to live up to your "half-hearted", just keep 'em coming :)

07-24-2013, 06:29 PM
Viv, one of my favorite flowers, the blue Morning Glory!! Beautiful work on it, Sweetie!! Love the wonderful pink going into the center!! I remember those from my childhood. :clap: :clap:

Meryl, there you are!!! Oh, rich and beauties, both!! The Lantana looks like they do here in the States. . .good veining on the leaves, too. The little sweet flower that you guys just hate. . .:angel: . . .is so pretty!! :thumbsup: I agree with Linetta. . .you did as usual, wonderful!! What are their sizes?

Finally the sun came out just now and I have my photo! :cat: Now to wait for the countdown!! :eek:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

07-25-2013, 12:31 AM
Vivien, a lovely blue beauty to open the parade this month


Meggs the first is soft and lovely the second bold and beautiful

07-25-2013, 12:35 AM
and I'm jumping the gun by about 1/2 hour with my efforts :D

Both done with ArtRage, had fun playing with textures in the first one and
oils in the second :wave:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jul-2013/36920-Red_tops.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jul-2013/36920-Indian_paintbrush.jpg

07-25-2013, 12:50 AM
Jean, how wonderful these are!! Love the textures you used!! The oils are such fresh colors!! Weeds never looked so good!!


07-25-2013, 01:04 AM

Jean, I am jumping the deadline because in the morning we are going to get our Grands. . .once they are here, I am busy!! :lol:

Kay, thank you so much for hosting this month and choosing 'Weeds'. . .what fun!! :clap: :clap:

This is an Indian Paintbrush which grows wild on the sides of the road and in fields. Watercolor: Arches 140# cp, quarter sheet, and DS paints.

Enjoy, Peeps!! Can't wait to see the rest!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Katherine :music: :music:

07-25-2013, 02:12 AM
Katherine, love your Indian Paintbrush, it is quite different then the one here.
So bright and cheerful

07-25-2013, 02:35 AM
Great paintings so far. My wild sunflower is done in pastels, the pink weed in cp, and the cosmos in gouache. Looking forward to seeing the other arts of weed!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jul-2013/1256189-picf_002b.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jul-2013/1256189-IMG092.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jul-2013/1256189-cosmos1.jpg

07-25-2013, 04:54 AM
This is the first time I have joined in the project. Thanks Kay for the great photos. I was attracted by the yellow daisy type flower.

Watercolour and ink on Fabriano HP


07-25-2013, 09:00 AM
Hello all!

Everyone's paintings are so beautiful! I love how some show strength while others show fragility. Weeds are certainly both.

Forgive me for not doing a close up. When I decided to do lupins, it took me back to the wonderful memories I have of my honeymoon in New Zealand, so I took this opportunity to paint the lupins in context.

This is based on my own photo of the same; Lake Tekapo in New Zealand's South Island. Acrylic on 12 x 16 inch canvas.


07-25-2013, 10:06 AM
Welcome, First Timers. . .we were all First Timers at one time. . .but, we got hooked on this challenge!! :clap: :clap: Hopefully, you will, too!!! :crossfingers:

Christel, wow, you did three for us and each in a different medium!! Beautiful job on all of them!! Can't pick a favorite. . .each is so special!! What is the size? Great job. . .looking forward to more next month!! :thumbsup:

Irena, wow, this is such a splash!! Love it!! So glad that you decided on that ref!! Size? Looking forward to more of this kind of work in our future PP's!! :clap:

Sandy, this is a wonderful scene and I can see why you needed the room for these 'gals'!! Love it!! Great memories, too, thanks for sharing that with us!! :wave:

The Garden is growing!!! :clap: :clap: More, Peeps!!! :thumbsup:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

07-25-2013, 10:07 AM
Everyone's weeds are wonderful so far! Here are the Mexican red hats. Size is 11x8.5, Pigma Micron 01 pen on Masters paper, Daniel Smith watercolors.


07-25-2013, 10:16 AM
Everyone did such a great job! Very colorful weeds, indeed! Here's mine - more of a study, as I've always been confounded by bluebonnets.


07-25-2013, 11:32 AM
Well these are all lovely so far. I had no idea that the lupin was a weed until we travelled in France recently and they clustered colourfully at the roadsides.

Here is the simple daisy.
It is 18cms x 13 cms on cartridge paper with oil pastels....drawn sitting in the garden...looking at the lawn......Ralphie Rabbit wearing his harness....one eye on him, half an eye on the daisies and half an eye on the sketch.


07-25-2013, 11:49 AM
I should have gone with my original idea to do the ditch lilies. I would have done much better with a close up of one of those. I will have to now, just to restore my confidence, but I don't have time at the moment. This is supposed to be wild phlox. It was blooming everywhere when I started. Watercolour, 6.5 x 6.5 inches.



07-25-2013, 11:55 AM
Margaretta, Ralph and your daisies are both wonderful.
Vivien, I should have done a ditch lily that way. I love your blues!
Meggs, You manage such vivid colours. I especially like your Lantana. If that's a weed, bring it on!
Jean, I had to Google ArtRage. Are you saying these are digital paintings? I may have to throw my brushes away!
Katherine, That brings back memories from my childhood. I haven't seen those in Years! Lovely, thanks.
Tuscany, 3 lovely paintings. Can't possibly pick a favorite.
Julie, I love your loose style!


07-25-2013, 12:53 PM
Jean, ArtRage is getting so popular and people are having such fun with it I may have to break down and give it a try (even my daughter is loving it). These are both full of interest with the textures and your palette. Love these 'weeds'!

07-25-2013, 01:14 PM
Katherine: Love the Indian Paintbrush and especially your botanical treatment - smashing reds!
Tuscanny: Wow - three gorgeous pieces! You got all those details just right on every one - impressive display!
Irena: I envy your loose, almost abstract style and the fresh, clean colors!
Sandy: Nice, refreshing field of wildflowers - a place to dream about!
Kay: I am drooling over your Mexican red hats. You have given them attitude with the vibrant colors and crisp edges!
Artcat: Gorgeous bluebonnet study. I have never seen these in person, but have heard so much. You have displayed the beauty fantastically!
Margaretta: Love your styling for this cluster. The roadsides must be gorgeous!
Karen: You are being too critical, I think! Lovely lavenders in this piece and a nice flow to the composition!

07-25-2013, 01:25 PM
This is my contribution and I really did pick what everyone can recognize as a 'weed', the notorious dandelion!
Gone to Seed
PanPastels on Colourfix Suede -- approx 16x18
from a photo by Viacheslav at Paint My Photo


Deborah Secor
07-25-2013, 01:34 PM
Here are my contributions to the weedy flower gang...





The top one is from one of the photos I posted, while the rest are ones I've painted recently because I love weedy flowers! All gouache, all 2.5" x 3.5", as usual, all on Bristol vellum.

Deborah Secor
07-25-2013, 01:42 PM
Linda, I love the dandelions!

Karen, I think the phlox is delightful. Love the contrast of lavender with the yellow-green.

Margaretta, your daisy wheel is lovely.

Adele, the bluebonnet is wonderful. Love how you handled the background, too.

Spectacular Mexican Hats, Kay!!

Okay, too many more to go through individually, but trust me, I'm enjoying the show. FUN!! :thumbsup:

07-25-2013, 02:09 PM
Wow, Deborah, such beauty all in one place! I agree, I also love weedy flowers and this month you packed in four wonderful renditions! Your small-size pieces are really intriguing. It is amazing the detail which appears in these (or which you create in our minds).

07-25-2013, 03:09 PM
Dandelion 8x11 Acrylic on plywood.
Thistle 11x12 Watercolor on brown paper

Vivien Maloney
07-25-2013, 03:31 PM
Wow, everyone been busy, while I've been in bed sleeping overnight!

Linda - Thank you Linda for your comments on mine.
Wow, I've never seen a dandelion look so gorgeous! Awesome pastel painting!

Meggs - Thank you. Your two are beautiful, the Oxalis looking all pink, pretty and innocent! And the Lantana is so bright and glowing.

Katherine - Thank you. Gorgeous weed painting! So delicate too - who would have thought a weed could look so beautiful.

Jean - Thank you Jean. Your 2 digi paintings are wonderful and I love the texture in the first one!
Every time I see your digi work I always want to try some digi painting as well.

Tuscanny - You got 3 painted - well done! They are all beautiful but I particularly like the gouache Cosmos.

Irena - Welcome to the PP. Beautiful watercolor of the yellow sunflower.

Sandy - Beautiful painting of the Lupins at Lake Tekapo. It's wonderful part of NZ and you've done it proud with your painting. The Lupins, in flower there, are always such an amazing sight to see against the background of the lake and mountains. I always feel as if I'm IN a painting when I am in the area. You look at the lake and the mountains and the added bonus of the Lupins and think "this is so beautiful, it cant be real".

Kay - What a awesome painting Kay, absolutely gorgeous!

Artcat - Beautiful Lupin painting - you've rendered a very realistic painting of one of them, well done! I've never heard them being called "blue bonnets" before, but I can understand why. In NZ they come in all colors as well as blue.

Margaretta - Great oil pastel of the Daisy, well done, especially as you had Ralph the rabbit's lead in your other hand - he is so cute and also so naughty it seems!

Karen - Your wild Phlox is beautiful. I'd never heard of Wild Phlox until this Plant Parade, so I'm learning too.

Deborah - Your 4 little paintings are absolute gems! Gorgeous!

Eric - These are both bold and beautiful, and you've created a sense of the ethereal with the dandelion blowing in the wind, and I can feel those sharp points on the thistle.

I hope I haven't missed anybody.
Wonderful work from everyone. Who would have thought that weeds could all be so beautiful.

07-25-2013, 03:35 PM
Eric, these are both wonderful, colorful explosions! Love the seed pods blowing in the wind and the thistle reminds me of the shots of the universe expanding in a beautiful array of color!

07-25-2013, 05:52 PM
Wild pink weeds on gray Art Again 9x12" colored with Neocolor II crayons for the blue/green background and detailed with some pastel pencils and cropped. Thanks, Kay, for the beautiful diverse choices this month:)


07-25-2013, 07:39 PM
Kay, this is beautiful!! Nice crisp work!! I was very tempted to take this one on, too!! Love the dark colors on these guys!! What colors? :thumbsup:

Adele, love the Bluebonnet!! I was tempted to do one of those, too! :D I had lots of thoughts!! Love your treatment of the bg!! Way to go!! Size? :cat:

Margaretta, so glad that Ralph helped you with your PP this month!! :D I can see that he gave you some painting time with this beauty!! Love the curls of Daisies!! Perfect!! :clap:

Karen, love the splash of purples!! Phlox are so pretty and look so delicate, but are a hardy bunch of weeds!! Really pretty work against the bg you have used!! :heart:

Linetta, wow, I just love your Dandelions!! Beautiful composition and love the fluffy seed pods!! Impressive!! :thumbsup:

Deborah, wow, you did 4 ACEO’s for the PP on Weeds!! Love each one especially the second one with the bright yellow flowers!! :clap:

Eric, awesome work on your Dandelions, too! Love the bg and the flying seed pods!! I have seen that end of a Thistle before and certainly did not want to touch it! :D Great job on both!! :cat:

Paula, I just love this carnival of colors!! Love how they twist and turn and then show off their beauty!! Way to go!! :thumbsup:

Thanks, everyone, that commented on my Indian Paintbrush!! I appreciate the warm words, too!! :wave:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

07-26-2013, 12:36 AM
Amazing work everyone! Such a beautiful garden of weeds :). I just checked the PP today and coincidently my latest painting was on Alaska's wildflowers :). So thought I can share it here. It is composed from my own vacation pics :). Acrylic on canvas (12*24)

07-26-2013, 01:44 AM
Bhavani, great job on these wonderful Wildflowers from Alaska!! Love the palette and I recognize some of the beauties!!


07-26-2013, 12:50 PM
Beautiful work everyone!!! You all make my finger itch..

07-26-2013, 12:54 PM
tuscanny, three lovely paintings
Irena, wonderful watercolour
Sandy, a great scene, love those mountains
Kay, those red tops are outstanding
Artcat, lovely blues in those bluebonnets
Margaretta, love those soft white daisys
Karen, lovely wild phlox and colour
LinettaLee, love your lions and that jug is beautiful
Eric, great movement with those lions and a lovely thistle
Paula, great pinks and lovely colours
Bhavani , lovely scene of the beautiful weeds

07-26-2013, 12:59 PM
Jean, I had to Google ArtRage. Are you saying these are digital paintings? I may have to throw my brushes away!

Yes Karen , they are digital :D

07-26-2013, 03:08 PM
Bhavani, great job on these wonderful Wildflowers from Alaska!! Love the palette and I recognize some of the beauties!!

Thanks Katherine, that's wild rose, lupine, forget-me-not(Alaska's state flower :)) and fireweed from left to right. We saw tons of fireweed in our vacation. They are really beautiful.
Wonderful stuff everyone.. sorry I don't have time to comment individually.

07-26-2013, 03:15 PM
Hi all - haven't been here for awhile (been looking but not painting). Finally was inspired enough to paint but couldn't decide which of Kay's photos to use, soooo I did them all - well -almost all - and even added a couple that weren't in her collection.
Kay's Texas Wildflowers 8 x 10 watercolour 140# paper 140lbhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jul-2013/224764-P1010241.JPG


07-26-2013, 05:23 PM
I love to watch the flowers blooming on this page!

Linetta - That's gorgeous. I'd happily hang that on my wall....if I only had the space!
Deborah - Wow, you certainly been busy! I especially like the middle two. The 2nd one, with all the yellow really grabs me.
Eric - A study of near and far. The dandelions are beautifully done, while the thistles looks like it was great fun to paint.
Paula - You certainly didn't take the easy way out! You took this complicated plan and managed to sort it out beautifully.
Bhavani - Alaska must be very beautiful indeed, if it has such colourful wildflowers. Thanks for sharing that!
Betty - What an amazing bouquet you have created. Well done!


07-26-2013, 05:43 PM
I just realized today that the 25th had come and gone!!! Yikes! Here's my wildflower, oil on gessobord, 7x5"

I was going to do another one, but got distracted, and then couldn't decide which, so ended up not doing another.

I'm actually thinking of doing a beach scene next...

Comments coming up...

07-26-2013, 05:55 PM
Hooray to all you timely folks that posted on time!

Vivien--Beautiful morning glory. Love the pink center and the shading as the petals turn. And I've always loved morning glories...hard to think of them as a weed.

Meryl--Love the lantana (and thanks for the background info...makes it much more intriguing). Great colors and depth here. The oxalis is lovely too!

Jean--I liked the texture in that first one too (as you can tell, since I painted it too, and cropped it in a similar way!). I almost painted the same reference for a second one too, but didn't. You did a great job with both of them! And I love the way you painted a mat/frame on the second one!

Katherine--so that's what Indian Paintbrush looks like! Love the precision of this piece.

Tuscany--My favorite is the Cosmos. I love the way that flower just sits lightly on top. Makes me want to pick it up. Both of the others are lovely too, each in their own different way.

Irena--I love your watercolor yellow daisy...great effects you can only get with watercolor!

Sandy--I love the aerial perspective in the mountains, and the clouds really do seem to float! And wonderful memories...

Kay--Fantastic! From the precise bold detail in the foreground to the lovely blurred background...just lovely!

Adele--lovely bluebonnets! Why do you say it's just a study? Looks great to me!

Margaretta--I love the daisies, and the reds in the background really give it depth and interest! You can feel the light on the flowers, and the heat!

Karen--It's lovely! The purple flowers really pop on the green background.

Linettalee--Just one word--stunning!

Deborah--They are all lovely...and so tiny! Wow!

Eric--love the flighty dandelions! And the thistle is very cool...nice in this heat!

Paula--love the flowing lines of this and the rich colors!

Bhavani--I love the wildflower meadow! The pink flower is especially well done, and the sky makes it all so summery!

Betty--love the bouquet! Very well done, combining all the flowers in one!

Hope I didn't miss anyone...

I'm wracking my brain trying to think of a good challenge for September...I've only got a month to get something together!!!

07-26-2013, 08:55 PM
Betty, I am in awe of your bouquet!! Wow!! Great job and so glad you are back with us in this adventure of the PP!! :clap: :clap:

Lea, love the bg you have used to highlight your beautiful Weeds!! Great palette, too!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Lea, relax and go back and review the earlier PP's and get inspired!! It is in a sticky at the beginning of Floral. If we haven't done one in years, you might think about using their idea and incorporate your own spin to it! Just a thought!! :angel:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

07-26-2013, 11:13 PM
Your paintings are amazing and I really love the subject this month. Too bad we can't do another month of wildflowers. I used up all my good paper and am just now fully stocked up and eager to paint! so, i will offer up a watercolor painting i submitted last month but not to any particular project or cause, just me getting to know watercolor. It just happened to be wildflowers and so far as I know there isn't a rule about that, is there? Much love to you all!

140lb arches


07-27-2013, 01:35 AM
Chana, this is a beauty!! Love the array of Wildflowers you have painted!! Wow, this is just great!! It is fine to use this, so just relax and thanks for joining in on the fun this month!! What an addition it will make to the Garden, too!! :clap: :clap:

5 more days, Peeps. . .HURRY!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Kay, thanks for hosting us this month and for the great idea of Wildflowers!! :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

07-27-2013, 10:36 AM
Wow!!! I just am drooling over the variety, color, and composition of everyone's submissions. a huge pat on the back to y'all!:clap:

(I forgot to include the size, etc. of my submission- it's 5x7", watercolor, on Arches paper.)
Kay, thank you for hosting this challenge!:wave:

07-27-2013, 05:44 PM
Love them all starting with Viv's brilliant blue and going to Kay's outdone herself red hats and two outstanding dandy lion's, a mixed bouquet, a gem from Alaska and a watercolor try out which succeeded and all the flowers in between. You all outdid yourselves this month - who says weeds are worthless - weeds are wonderful gifts from the birds and nature itself. I look forward to the golden rod in glorious bloom waving in the wind as I look out my kitchen window.

07-27-2013, 09:47 PM
Kay thank you for hosting this wonderful challenge this month....:clap: I think the quality and variety of work is amazing.

Life is a little busy here at the moment so forgive me for not commenting individually.
Every month is without fail something to look forward to with the Plant Parade... and with the ever increasing Newbies joining us to add their expressive creativity and talent, the forum is enriched.
Its a great place to expand yourself, to see how others do things.. to learn and to stimulate and most of all to share..
I would be lost without my friends here and the quality of my work today is attributable totally to this forum and the wonderful people who have helped me along the way..... From someone wishing to be able to paint, I am now a selling artist... :clap:

07-27-2013, 11:11 PM
hello, going to post mine before I look at the others, as I will intimidate myself! My weed is "Paterson's Curse" also known as "salvation Jane" aka Echium plantagineum. Included are my reference image, an attempt to render it realistically, and an attempt to abstract it a bit. I'm deeply unhappy with both :-). Constructive criticism MOST welcome. Specifically I wish I could paint horizon silhouetted trees less cartoony. Also, everything else.

both are acrylic on canvas panels, 4x6"

07-28-2013, 12:23 AM
Hope, wow, 2 paintings this month!! :clap: The abstract one is lovely and the 'trees' fit right in with the abstractions. The second one is a good realistic view of this dangerous plant! I had to look it up and can see it is beautiful, but deadly!! So glad that you chose this one, so I could learn about it!! :thumbsup:

I paint in Watercolor, so cannot not help you out with Acrylics. Will wait for the more experienced Acrylic artists to show up and give you some solid advice!! Or, you might post in the Acrylic Forum and ask your question there, Hope.

Peeps, we are going to have a great Garden this month with our Weeds!! :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

Vivien Maloney
07-28-2013, 02:02 AM
Paula - great job on the pink weeds, I like the movement you've achieved and I really like the background also! Neocolors II are a favorite of mine too.

Bhavani - Beautiful group of Alaskan wildflowers and I like the way you've shown them silhouetted against the sky. I remember seeing "Fireweed" everywhere when we holidayed in Alaska a few years ago.

Betty - Well done on getting all the flowers together in a bouquet - looks wonderful!

Lea - Beautiful wildflowers set off by a great background! Love the texture in your background.
Great advice Katherine's given you…yes look through the archives to other Plant Parades and see what maybe hasn't been done for a while. Plenty of inspiration there. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Chana - Love the beautiful simplicity of your lovely painting. Gorgeous!

Hope- I like both of these. The abstract one looks great and so does your realistic one. You've achieved very good recession in your realistic one - love the blue in both of them. I don't know this weed at all, but I love the color.

07-28-2013, 02:54 AM
Hope you are so hard on yourself as we all tend to be...:lol: I think you did a damn good job on your realistic one... the abstract.. well cant comment cos abstract is alien to me.

One thing I found thru trial and error in the beginning was to put in my trunks and branches in distant trees first with a very watery paint. I added the foliage in the same way, almost watercolour consistency. When it dried, I overpainted with a very diluted and watery grey/purple mix.... this for me softened the trees and added the illusion of distance.... Give it a go..:wave:

I think your realistic one is lovely and like Viv congratulate you on the feeling of distance.... look at it in 6 months and you will see it as we do. :clap:

07-28-2013, 09:42 AM
Beautiful weed painting. Love the color and the distance achieved. Difficult to think this is a deadly weed from it's beauty. Have to google it:)

07-30-2013, 01:41 PM
I am so sorry ... I will need to come back and comment on the latest gorgeous 'weeds'! I do not think WC's subscription notification system is working lately :( and now I am way behind on seeing the new posts and especially behind in leaving comments for all you talented artists! :o This month's gallery is going to be a 'knock-your-sock-off' display :clap:

07-30-2013, 03:55 PM
This month's gallery is going to be a 'knock-your-sock-off' display:clap:

Linda, I agree. . .it is amazing how beautiful Weeds can be!! Thanks, Kay, for directing us to the sides of the roads, etc. and for hosting!!

Can't wait to know what our next PP Flower will be!! :eek: :angel:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

07-30-2013, 03:59 PM
I have not had time to comment individually but am looking at each one's posting of the flowery weeds. Can someone who knows how to do a gallery volunteer to put one up for this lovely array?

07-31-2013, 05:06 AM
Ralph and I thank you for the lovely comments and thank you Kay for this stimulating project.

Vivien: A stunning opener. Glorious Morning Glory with drama and colour.
Meggs: Lantana: brilliance and depth contrasting with your delicate oxalis.
Jean: Love the surfaces offsetting the well-drawn flowers.
Katherine: The Indian paintbrush is awesome. Love the colours, detail and design.
Tuscanny: All three extraordinary and great tributes to these wonderful weeds. I can't choose a favourite and admire your skill.
Irena: What a beautiful painting! It really fires the imagination in it's watery mystique.
Sandy: How clever to paint the lupins in this gorgeous setting. It must be great to see them in the wild in such a variety of colours.
Kay: Such and appropriate name and delightfully painted Mexican Redhats.
Artcat: A wonderful study. A perfect name for this weed. Love the way it emerges so colourfully from the leaves.
Yabut: Wish these wild phlox would grow here in the UK. Such a pretty velvety flower. So glad you chose this!
Back later to be continued.....:cat:

07-31-2013, 07:57 AM
Back again and aware of tonight's deadline!
Linettalee: Dandelion clocks as diamonds. Fabulous idea and execution in pastels. Such a dramatic picture. I like that glass jug too. Beautiful.
Deborah: I can't choose and like them all. A good lesson here in colour groupings and soft effects. Lovely pictures.
Eric: Wow and Wow! The colours sing with the explosion of seeds; the more I look the more they travel.Your second is an amazing study and design. I would want this as a brooch or dazzling fabric print.
Paula: I really admire the detail you have achieved with pencils and pastels, so much charm too. Is it a rosebay willowherb? Love the colour range from salmon to very red.
Bhavani: How did such delicate and enchanting flowers emerge from that tough climate? An education in this delightful painting.
Betgee: Oooooh thank you! The bouquet is lovely and so well-considered. Such a great mix of wild flowers and I can't wait to put them in a vase.
Lea: These are so dramatic and very tactile.
Chana: Getting used to...no you have GOT used to water colour! These are lovely translucent flowers and the whole picture is beautiful.
Hopen: Your echium plant is so well-chosen as it has such a vibrant colour and this is so well-expressed in your paintings.
You wanted a crit and there is a forum for this but my observation is about the structure of both. If you think in horizontal thirds, the bottom is detailed, the middle suddenly has no detail at all but the top third has some on the horizon. I think the detail of the bottom third should gradually decrease in size into the middle third. It will be less pronounced as three very distinct bands. Hope this is OK?
Hope I haven't missed anyone. I just LOVE weeds...:) :)

07-31-2013, 10:37 AM
Hope, a lovely spring bouquet
Lea, great hot and wonderful redtops
Chana, beautiful flowers , love the simplicity
Hope, two great paintings , my fav is the second

Hope I have not missed anyone, they are all beautiful :)

07-31-2013, 10:38 AM


07-31-2013, 12:24 PM
Jean, could we get them tonight? It is time to get started on our next one!! Please?????

Hugs, Katherine

07-31-2013, 02:25 PM
Ok Katherine, they are all ready , how about 9 pm or 10 pm so as not to horn in on Kay's time to much :D

07-31-2013, 02:36 PM
Jean, you could just whisper it to Katherine and I so we can pick out our subjects, huh? :wink2: We promise we won't tell :evil:

07-31-2013, 03:03 PM
Linda is right, we won't tell. . .

Okay, sounds good, Jean!! Hurry, though!! :D

Hugs, Katherine

07-31-2013, 03:47 PM
Go ahead, it won't bother me at all. I'm anxious to see what's sprouting up, too.

07-31-2013, 05:03 PM


Charlie's Mum
07-31-2013, 06:21 PM
Kay, I must apologise for not getting the weeds picked!!!!! I don't often miss out but too many demands on my time this month I'm afraid:(

I have viewed all the entrants here though - and such delightful contributions to your weed garden - oh these people are talented!

Well done all you brilliant artists!:D

07-31-2013, 10:59 PM
A last minute post - hope you don't mind, combined this with another challenge.

This is watercolor and ink on Arches 140 lb CP watercolor paper - sized 7 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches

Thank you for the challenge - loved all the posted paintings.


Whimsical Frog with Wildflowers


08-01-2013, 06:18 AM
Like your style Tresgatos and we found a little frog like this the other day amongst the daisies on our lawn. He quickly hopped off to the long grass so this just captures the moment!:)

08-01-2013, 01:43 PM
Awwww, he is so sweet, Barbara. Love this one!