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Old 02-01-2008, 09:32 AM
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Plant Parade: February '08

Plant Parade: A Forum Project.

Something a little different this month!

I'd like you to either, go into your garden, or go shopping for February's reference!

Please choose a flower or plant - with or without bugs - and make your study or studies from life.

In order to prove to everyone else that the study is from life, please take a photograph of your chosen specimen and post that with your artwork.

We will have to trust each other that we will work from the plant and not from a photograph!!

You may present your work as a series of studies through which you have gained an understanding of your reference

or as a single, finished piece of work,

or indeed, incorporate all.

Working drawings for understanding could, e.g. be small, cropped or detailed areas on a page in a sketch book - all of which would help in a final piece, if undertaken.

Detailed studies of parts could be done as 'finished' drawings or paintings or sculpture, not necessarily of the whole reference.

I hope you can see that this may be approached in any way you feel suits your own style and medium. (I'm hoping some of the Botanical artists will accept this challenge too!)

I appreciate that not all of us work at the same speed!
You may need to take reference pics of different aspects of your plant in order to finish ..... I can't think of any way around this (except that some artists do keep buying the same variety in order to continue the work from life!) .... but if you have a good supply growing in the garden, then .......

My garden is still sleeping, so I'm off to the flower shop!

Have fun


Sorry I forgot .... Reveal date is 25th of Feb.
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Old 02-01-2008, 09:49 AM
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Re: Plant Parade: February '08

Oh Maureen - can't we do this one next month when some of the spring bulbs should be in bloom..........

But then again I do have a lovely lemon tree full of fruit at the moment.......

It will get me thinking if nothing else.
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Old 02-01-2008, 10:46 AM
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Re: Plant Parade: February '08

Well, Mum, how do you keep coming up with these ideas? I viewed your profile and I had guessed it right. You were/are a teacher. You must be a teacher in the field of art, because you sure know how to make us think. The February challenge is a really great one. Since I wait to the last minute anyway, I will probably have my own flowers. Azaleas are about to bloom along the Gulf Coast. They have had plenty of rain, so they should be beautiful. My only problem --- I have to stop my husband from trimming with a chain saw before the blooms open.
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Old 02-01-2008, 11:20 AM
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Re: Plant Parade: February '08

Well, which lucky houseplant will it be? Fun idea, I just hope I can get it to hold still...
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Old 02-01-2008, 11:34 AM
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Re: Plant Parade: February '08

EEeeeee Marion - you're hard task master (mistress!)

We have snowdrops only just filling out at the head - another few days (but no way am I attempting a snow drop!)

Jeanette - long-since retired! But yes, all those years teaching art have left a few marks!

Nancy - it could be the orchid on my kitchen window-sill - I've put it off for far too long!
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Re: Plant Parade: February '08

Maureen, you are so good at this! I have lots of aloes indoors, as it is way too cold to do outdoors from life. I'll give it a go!
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Re: Plant Parade: February '08

Lol Beth - so good I forgot the reveal date!!!
Will go fix that now
I read elsewhere (you know!) that you had snow and it's pretty? ... well, we've had snow today and it's yuk, yuk, yuk! Wet, windy and cold!
That orchid of mine is looking more tempting by the minute
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Re: Plant Parade: February '08

here in PA everything is almost dead....no blooms or anything pretty. I am wondering if I could cut some of rose twigs, some still have deadheads on them and put in a vase or something ... is that acceptable? I would like to join in this project as well.
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Re: Plant Parade: February '08

Hmmmm. The gardener just yesterday finished cutting and pruning everything! Even though nothing is blooming here, I do have a birthday bouquet of sunflowers, red carnations, mums, magnolia blossoms sent last week. I was wanting to paint one or two of the specimens so this challenge comes in at the right time...starting mine today before they wilt any more.
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Re: Plant Parade: February '08

Lucky me to be in California!!! (sorry for all you winter-still folks! Its early spring here!) The daffodils will be blooming in a couple of weeks and the flowering quince is pushing its buds. The fruit trees start in a couple of weeks also! Earlier in January, I separated the daffodils when they were 2 inched high because their clumps were thick. When I ran out of room replanting them, I fill one pot and brought it inside. That group is making buds right now, so I could start soon!
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Re: Plant Parade: February '08

Another great idea, Maureen. Hmmm... what to draw...


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Re: Plant Parade: February '08

Jenlyn- of course the rose twigs are acceptable!
Any plant - dead or alive - just as long as it's plant
Glad you're joining in.

You lucky peole with gardens bursting! ....... snow here!

Kathy - looks like the daffs will be very pretty very soon .... mine are a few inches high, with buds in theose most sheltered ......... soon!!
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Re: Plant Parade: February '08

only thing in garden is snowdrops XD
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Re: Plant Parade: February '08

Maureen what a geat challenge I have not done anything this way before and am not much of a drawer. At least now I have a reason to buy that orchid I've had my eye on.

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Re: Plant Parade: February '08

This sounds like a very fun project! And I have never painted from life so it would be an excellent exercise for me. I'm not positive that I will have time this month....but I will really try!
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