Monday, October 10, 2011
Aloe mawii pencil and inkAnother try at a pencil Aloe, only this one has inked outlines
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Pencil AloeBeen a long time since did any significant artwork on plant material... but hope that will change. This was a good start... Aloe aculeata in flower
Wednesday, January 13, 2010been a while... but here's another painting... Areca macrocarpa
Friday, February 22, 2008Another Agave painting just finished... this one Agave ocahui... fun one
Friday, February 22, 2008Wild color agave painting using random colors but trying to keep at least close with tones. Not done yet (still have accents to apply)
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Agave painting series for articlethe following is a series of paintings showing progress that will be included in an article on how to paint succulents. Here is the first step:
Wednesday, January 30, 2008First step, actually is covering the back of the photo with pencil, THEN tracing the photograph
Wednesday, January 30, 2008and on this other painting, keep adding leaves and start on shadows
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Watercolor succulentsThese are all recent paintings (2004-2005) since I have not been into succulents that long. Most are from photos of plants either in my garden or in botanical gardens. Some are from real life... but I dont have the patience often to do that much detailed work, especially in a botanical garden with people looking over my shoulder.
Friday, January 14, 2005This is Echeveria Topsy Turvy (some hybrid- not sure what)... comes lots of different sizes. This one had nice shadows so I thought I'd try to paint it- was harder than I thought.
Friday, January 14, 2005Entered this painting I did of an Aloe marlothii in the national botanical illustrator's show this year, and didn't get it, or the others, in. Sort of surprised, though I guess not really... I thought there were pretty good, but maybe not up to their standards.. or maybe not 'scientific' enough looking. Also slides mailed on deadline, so may have made their selections already and didn't want to have to worry about more. Maybe I'll try again next year.
Friday, January 14, 2005This is my most recent plant art painting- Agave magaritae. Put in a gecko below it, but you can hardly tell it's there. Not the best rendering job I've ever done, but looks pretty nice from far away.
Friday, January 14, 2005This was the first succulent painting I did (last fall)... Agave murphyei... a really colorful plant I saw in Escondido... but they don't normally look that colorful... and I exaggerated, too. Not bad for first one, but not up to standards now.
Friday, January 14, 2005This is the first AGave americana variegated I did... small painting, about 7"x5"... ran leaves to edge of page, and liked the effect... makes it hard to matt, though.
Friday, January 14, 2005HEre is a larger, better painting of the same species (different plant, though).
Friday, January 14, 2005Aloe sessifolia (has a synonym, but can't recall it right now)... sort of a messy painting, and got lazy with the flowers. And REALLY lazy with the background. Did the Aloe marlothii after this one, and that background looks a lot nicer. Oh well. Good practice.
Friday, January 14, 2005Did this Aloe petricola flower next, just trying to see if I had the patience to do a complex flower... too tedious... lost it on the nearby flowers. Guess scientific illustraion is probably not for me.
Friday, January 14, 2005THis is a pot of Aeoniums at their best... now these plants are twice this size and pretty much took over the pot. Didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, but, again, some things about the symmetry of these plants make this sort of painting a bit tedious for me.
Saturday, May 15, 2004
Palm watercolorsI have more of these, but unfortunately let them go before photographing them... oh well.. guess I can do them over if I really wanted to. Most of these were either done 2005, or over the last 5 years.
Thursday, May 13, 2004Trunk of a Livistona benthamii with the characteristic retained leaf bases....thought it would make a good painting, but too hard to figure out what it is
Thursday, May 13, 2004THese are my favorite plants... but they are a pain to paint (a LOT easier to draw). THe fan palms are particularly hard, as they are so geometric... getting them to look that perfect in a painting is very tedious... THis one is a Copernicia baileyana... one of my favorite palms (get enormous, but not a great palm for southern CAlifornia unless you plan to live a really long time).
Thursday, May 13, 2004Brahea edulis, a common southern CAlifornia palm, is another tough one to paint. I will need to learn some 'short cuts' to painting these fan palms. Phoenix canariensis in the background.
Thursday, May 13, 2004Borassus palm I painted for friend.. this is actually a xerox of the painting. First palm I ever painted. Took a long time, and yet not really that much better, if at all, than one I just did in a few days.
Thursday, May 13, 2004Palm Society of southern California t-shirt design... this is a 'drawing' actually, that I embellished with watercolors. Think that palms look better (by me) drawn, and then painted... get a lot crisper lines and more definition... and a LOT easier to do that way. All these palms grow well in southern California... just some take a LONG time to look that good.
Thursday, May 13, 2004This is a painting I did (sold actually- a rarity for me) for a palm society member in San Diego -it's of his yard (an incredibly palm collection!!). Turned out OK, but i would change a lot about it now.
Thursday, May 13, 2004Made this one into a Christmas card... it's Adonidia merrilli, or also the Christmas Palm (named because of the red fruit). Future drawings of this same palm had deer and other cartoons in them.
Friday, February 28, 2003
Miscellaneous plant artThese are all the non-palm, non-succulent plants I've painted (not a lot, actually). Most of these were recently done, but a few from pre2005
Monday, January 27, 2003don't normally feel like adding pen and ink (would fill this journal beyond over-ful) but since I haven't done much lately and this one took a while, thought I'd put it in here.. it's a cycad... took a month to draw all the stupid dots... and then someone knocks over a rootbeer on the top corner of the drawing... oh well.
Tuesday, January 14, 2003Tropical sunset rose- one of our recent aquisitions (sept 05).
Monday, January 13, 2003This is my latest non-palm/non-succulent painting: a female Encephalartos ferox cone... finished end of June 2005.
Sunday, January 12, 2003This is another one I sent in for the botanical illustrators show that didn't make it.. an unknown (to me) species of Erythrina. Turned out OK, but didn't really know what to do with the background- didn't want to make it too busy, but wanted to to look like brush/tree parts. Next time, I think I'll mask out the flowers and do a more washy background, then worry about the subject matter afterwards.
Sunday, January 12, 2003THis is my painting of Puya alpestris... which actually looks more colorful in real life than in this painting. Oh well... don't have that vibrant a palate, to work with, I guess. Tossed a lizard in the painting for added interest, but not a well rendered animal.
Sunday, January 12, 2003THis is my quickie attempt at amore traditional (and boring) subject.. .think I'll stick to the exotic stuff
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