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Friday, 27 July 2012

Fuchsia in the garden


The sun has helped to bring out some beautiful flowers in our garden, one of which is a fuchsia.  The other day I took the opportunity, whilst the sun shine is here, to get some photos of it









of course, this meant the inevitable sketches too.  I decided to try out various techniques for this exercise,

 starting with pencil....




this next one didn't have pencil at all, just a brush full of paint - when the first application of paint had dried
I then went in with a stronger mix for extra tonal value...




followed by the wild one of the bunch - an ink outline first, then the paint - when that had dried completely I went over with my Lamy Safari pen washing out the ink with clear water, just to see where it went...





a simple ink sketch for this one.....


and finally

Ink and then the watercolour added - carefully though, as I didn't want the ink to run...you'll notice in a lot of places the paint leaves a gap - this gave it the effect of light hitting the flower, I quite liked the result....





Have a great weekend everyone




56 comments:

  1. In romanian is "cercelus":)
    Have a great day!

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    1. ...Thanks Robert, we should learn something new everyday (:

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  2. I cannot choose which one I like best, they are all great! It's wonderful to see the different techniques you used!

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    1. ...thanks Judy - I also considered dropping salt on as another effect, perhaps I'll do that next time (:

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  3. Hi Ann, your photos and sketches are absolutely beautiful. I really have some difficulties to say which one I prefer, I would say the second and the last one. Have a good week end too!! Hug!

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    1. ...Thanks Tito, that's so kind of you to say (:

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    2. A beautiful plant and wonderful exercise Ann! I love doing the same drawing in different techniques like you have done here. It helps me to loosen up and grow. I expect we'll be seeing more using this procedure! Well done!!

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    3. ....Thanks Sandy - I have a few more ideas lined up actually lol (:

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  4. Flowers are always a great study! Nice job! Patsy from
    HeARTworks and
    papemelroti

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  5. Lovely study! I like that you explain how you did each one. (And the pictures are great! Did you make notes on the setting? LOL)

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    1. ...thanks Robin - No need for notes, this camera only has one setting it's called Point and Click!...lol.

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  6. Anns, boa tarde!
    Fiquei maravilhada com os diferentes trabalhos e com a forma simples e aberta como partilha as várias técnicas e etapas do seus exercícios.Obrigada pela partilha.Até sempre.
    Maria Emília

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  7. Gorgeous Fuschia! I especially love the second one, with the gaps. Very effective. Happy PPF!

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  8. These beautiful flowers fill me with joy. Gorgeous. Greetings.

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    1. ...Thanks Leovi, they are lovely flowers aren't they, like pretty little dancers.

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  9. Gorgeous photography and painting of your fuschias, Ann!
    What an inspiration!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  10. Silky fuchsia, lovely shiny photos! About the sketches & paintings... don't know, really hard to choose. Maybe the second-no wait, the third... I give up, I love them all!!
    Warm regards.

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    1. Heehee...that made me laugh! Thanks Konstantina.

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  11. Ann ~ Wonderfully created ~ very elegant and Zen like ~~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

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  12. I love fuchsias - little ballerinas. You captured them so well.

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  13. your sketches have captured them perfectly... thanks for posting the photos as well...xx

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  14. The fuchsias are gorgeous! They always struggle a little bit here during the summer because of the dry heat--and all the sketches/paintings are gorgeous!

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  15. I cannot see a fucia with out remembering being a little girl and playing in my girlfriend Marion's yard across the street from our house. Her mother grew huge fucia plants and we loved to "pop" them open with our little fingers. We were naughty children. I hope they still flowered after we did that. I have no idea. But it was fun to hear them POP open!

    Your drawing and paintings are wonderful. I espeically like the "just paint" one. Even the running ink is a good look. I use water soluable ink pens so this doesn't happen, but I can see the advantage of wanting it to happen sometimes too. Also like the "light" effects with the unpainted white areas! Thanks for sharing, dear teacher!

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    1. What a lovely memory to have from childhood Lynn, even if you were 'popping flowers'..lol (:

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  16. Love fuchsias, I love the contrast of the dark ink smudged...but all of them are so beautiful and delicate!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  17. I really like, beautiful flowers Ann : )

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    1. Thank you Sadeu - you and me too (:

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  18. Beautiful flowers!!! I like the look of the runny ink look as well as the watercolor sketch. All of them have their own charms!

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    1. Thanks so much Joan - I enjoyed each version and may even have a go at some other versions I have thought of.

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  19. absolutely adore your flowers! so delicate and true to form

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  20. Fuschia is such a wonderful flower to paint. Love all your versions. I think the one with the ink runs is so dramatic, it's my favorite.

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  21. Beautiful sketches. I love the washed out one especially. Out of curiosity, have you considered getting a pen with ink that won't run? I got one a while back and it's awfully nice for watercolors and collage.

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  22. Thanks Carlarey (:

    Thanks Caitlyn - yes I have the waterproof pens too, just didn't use one this time (:

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  23. Ann, your fuchias are beautiful, with wonderful rich colors and lantern shapes that are irresistible for painting and sketching. When we have traveled in England we've always been impressed by these flowers. I have no luck at all growing them, though the hummingbirds love them - I think my yard gets too hot, and has too many spider mites that love to munch on fuchsias.

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    1. Hi Sherry - we are lucky having these fuchsias, they seem to do really well here by the sea, and yet you would think the salt air would harm them....amazing how they do well in some places and not others.

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  24. Great work! Each one beautiful in it's own way :0)

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    1. Thank you so much Carol (:

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  25. I love both of the paintings. A different feel in each one, but I couldn't pick a favourite. You absolutely captured the fuchsia.

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    1. ...Thanks very much Natasha(:

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  26. all of them beautiful!!!! I need to try this!
    cheers, dana

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    1. Thanks Dana, yes give it a go(:

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  27. What a charming set of fuchsia studies. I love the way they have (to my eye) a slightly oriental look.

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    1. ...Absolutely agree with you Jerry, they do look oriental....

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  28. This is a great little set of experiments! Each has a different feel but they all look wonderful!

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