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Old 11-01-2009, 07:03 AM
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November 09 Plant Parade

Welcome to November's edition of the Floral/Botanical project. I am your host this month and I look forward to you all joining in.

There are few 'rules' - the main one being we do not reveal any work until 25th of the month.
Any medium
Any size
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As the days are getting shorter and the evenings closing in many of you may be starting to feel blue. So to prevent any SADS* and to show that blue can be beautiful our theme this month is BLUE

*Seasonal Affective Disorder

I'll be posting several reference mainly from my garden here in France and a few from my previous English garden.
You can crop, incorporate and use as much artistic licence as you want.
Plus HERE IS A CHALLENGE - Play with abstracting the flowers.

First a few from my English garden
Delphinium


Wisteria over my front door - they say the best way to get wisteria to flower is to move house. This one flowered the spring in the year we moved


Clematis


Now for some from my garden here.

Agapanthus


Anemone


Borage (I think)


Felicia, often sold as a hanging basket plant in the UK, but I grow it as a short live perennial.


And for iris lovers two iris photos.




Morning Glory - sorry about the glare


Nigella - I planted this the first year I was here and now it self seeds itself every where, glorious.


Agave - a blue grey challenge for you.


I'm also including a few that I took at a local botanical garden.

Cardoons


Orchid


Echium Fastuosum


I hope you've all found something to your liking, but of course, if not feel free to use your own reference.

I look forward to seeing everyone's paintings on the 25th.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:37 AM
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Re: November 09 Plant Parade

Thank you Marion - don't think I'll feel blue with these though!!
Pretty, all of them!
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Re: November 09 Plant Parade

Marion, Thank you for getting us started on November 1st!! Love the choices for this month! Now, to decide!! Beautiful references, BTW!! This should be fun!!

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Re: November 09 Plant Parade

So any GREAT choices, I don't know where to start!
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Old 11-01-2009, 11:13 AM
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Re: November 09 Plant Parade

Thanks all glad you like them. I need to make a decision myself. I've been meaning to paint some of these for a while.
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:01 PM
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Re: November 09 Plant Parade

This is a beautiful selection of photo's. I know I'll be here on the 25th. Thank you.
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Very pretty!
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Re: November 09 Plant Parade

Marion, what beautiful references, thank you for hosting this month.

I have a blue Iris too which I may consider for this challenge but your references are so pretty.
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Re: November 09 Plant Parade

Oh Marion, what gorgeous pics! Blue flowers are my favourite! Difficult to make a choice, I'd like to paint them all if I had time, but I'll be there on 25th also.
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Re: November 09 Plant Parade

Lovely reference photos. Count me in.

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Re: November 09 Plant Parade

Peg, EP, Angwhar, Viv and Maryq so glad you're joining us. I'm looking forward to everyone's interpretations.
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Re: November 09 Plant Parade

What a wonderful idea, Marion! The references are stunning, too. I bet I can find one to paint, right here!
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Beth, I'm pleased you found something you like. Glad you're joining in.
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Marion, thanks for the fantastic selection and great challenge. I will try to do at least one, maybe more. I love all of these...
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A perfect chance to try out my new DS WC sticks. I finally got a blue one.
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