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Donna T
06-26-2015, 01:48 PM
Hi everyone - I hope you're all having a good summer! These flowers are growing like weeds in my garden and I liked the way they looked when I stuck them in an old watering can. This was done from life and I just wanted to see if I could keep it loose and not get carried away with details. 11x14 on heavy watercolor paper with fine pumice gel.


water girl
06-26-2015, 02:47 PM
Oh, I love those luscious colors in the background. Are those TL's??? They are stunning. Nice to see you posting again.:wave:

Donna T
06-26-2015, 02:56 PM
Hi Karen and thanks! I mostly used Polychromos for the background, one layer after another because I wasn't sure what I was doing there. I scrubbed it all off at one point. :lol: This surface had more texture than I intended so I thought I should develop the background with pastels that wouldn't get eaten too quickly.

06-27-2015, 08:51 AM
Pretty color and very nice drawing! The deeper values along the top serve to pop the details out-

06-27-2015, 11:00 AM
Terrific painting Donna. Loose, suggestive and a great choice of colors. I particularly like the reflected light on the watering can nozzle, very nice touch!

Donna T
06-27-2015, 04:23 PM
Thanks Ken and Rob! It's always nice to hear from you guys.

06-27-2015, 08:42 PM
Not fair! First you grew the beautiful flowers and then you painted them beautifully as well. Lots of wonderful talent there!!!

06-27-2015, 09:35 PM
So nice to see you painting again Donna! This is beautiful, I love the red background, it works so very well. This is gorgeous!

Donna T
06-28-2015, 11:32 AM
Thanks Jay! Mostly I'm good at growing weeds. :)

Hi Chris and thank you! I hope you are out plein airing this summer in between thunder storms.

06-28-2015, 05:54 PM
Very nice Donna, I love the composition!

Donna T
06-29-2015, 01:51 PM
Thanks Marlene!

06-30-2015, 01:36 PM
Beautiful and loose. Pam :wave:

06-30-2015, 11:36 PM
very interesting how the red b/g moves the objects forward (? :) )

re; the white flower descending -
the arc of the stem ... ?

colour overall is fresh , yet gentle :)


Donna T
07-01-2015, 02:13 PM
Thanks Pam and Ed!

Ed, I wasn't sure about that fallen-over flower either. The stem was bent because I didn't arrange the flowers very carefully - I just shoved them in the can. Usually I try to make things a little more graceful than they may be in reality. 'Guess I forgot this time!

07-02-2015, 07:14 PM
if it wasn't for the arc of the watercan handle , ( kinda small handle ... ? ) ,
it might not catch my eye .

imho , that white flower keeps the bunch from pushing off the top of the frame . ;)


08-11-2015, 05:05 PM
Lovely painting, very uplifting to see, the background really brings the flowers out so well.

Bill Linn
08-11-2015, 10:19 PM
Donna, very nicely done!

08-12-2015, 07:40 AM
I love your flowers! I wish they'd grow like weeds in my yard!

08-12-2015, 10:19 AM
I like the bent stem falling over flower! Wildflowers stuffed in carelessly is cool, it's got a special charm of its own. I'm smiling because I recognize everything in the can. Love those little bachelor's buttons, remember them from childhood. Awesome background.