Sunday, December 13, 2009

Today's Flowers - My Inspirations

The following flowers are my entries for Today's Flowers and my inspiration to draw, utilizing colored pencils. Orchids love humidity so the only place I can think of is to put them by my kitchen sink. I love orchids because their blooms last for months.


Once in a while in the summer, I take them outside for much needed sunshine.




Painting is one of my hobbies, and I used to play with oil as medium until I stumbled/discovered colored pencils. They are so easy to set up, no messy brushes to clean up and it takes so little space that I can practically set up at one corner of the sofa using coffee table for my paraphernalia. ;) Pictured below is one of my very first attempts using colored pencil. As you can see, it is done by a novice, lacks dimensionality and definitely lacking the play of light... arrgghh, so inexperienced! lol


... picture of a real Iris from my garden.


... my drawing, please note, the photo above was not my model.


... my rootbeer Iris.


... another attempt to capture the beauty of an Iris.


I am quite new to colored pencils and can't wait until I am able to produce quality work to show you, one that is bursting with colors. Right now I am still on my journey in learning building realistic hues, light and textures, and various colored pencil techniques ... so be kind, will you? lol
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31 comments:

AL said...

Wow Nance, you paint well! Smart woman! Im glad to know that you can grow orchids, and unfortunately I can't LOL!

BTW I love your header, it's freezing! Brrrr.

AL

Jane said...

Nice flowers and pictures too, thanks for sharing Nance:)

VALKYRIEN said...

Beautiful flowers, both in pictures and in paintings! You have talent, lady!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Those drawings look pretty good to me.

chubskulit said...

You are such a good artist sis, love all your paintings!

Mine is frozen flowers

guild-rez said...

Nance you are quite a talented artist. Love your pictures and paintings.
Very nice, well done.
Thank you for sharing.

docgelo said...

wow, ms. nance! this reveals to me that you don't only own green thumbs but good hands in sketching with colored pencils! nice one! =)

Carletta said...

Lovely photos and wonderful art work!
The iris' are beautiful!
I'm sure the pencil drawings will be to your satisfaction in no time at all. You have a wonderful talent.

Carolyn Ford said...

Amazing pencil art! You might not think it is perfect, but, it is certainly beautiful. I grow orchids in my kitchen too...12 of them. I love them! I have a few with new buds coming out now. They will miss Christmas this year, though. You have a beautiful post!

Carver said...

The orchids and iris are so beautiful and you are a talented artist.

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful photos and art, you are very talented.
Through Squirrel Eyes

eden said...

I Love all your flowers. You are a good artist too and your paintings are beautiful.

My entry

Maria Berg said...

It is fun to try to capture the nature by pencil anddrawing or with photo, MB

You did a good work.

Evelyn Howard said...

Hi Nance, lovely lovely flowers. I love orchids but my one attempt many years ago failed... many I'll try again. Your flower pieces are very nice!

My Memories and Crystals said...

beautiful orchids, I had a lot of that in the Phil. Orchids are really fascinating

January said...

Wow Nance! Very impressive painting.. a born artist! wow!

SandyCarlson said...

Your flowers are gorgeous.

ellen said...

Nice catch! Mine is up. Hope to see you.

Chie Wilks said...

beautiful orchids...and you painting is great too...

mine is here

Bonnie Bonsai said...

I could never draw let alone paint. But am very proud of my children because they do!

You are doing well with your artwork Nance. Practice makes perfect and you have the gift.

Also, I don't think I have seen a rootbeer iris before. I love that colour. Not boring.

Thanks for the visit. Long time no commenting on my part. My mood is pretty unpredictable.

Others thought that perhaps I am neglecting them.

Mari said...

Nance, love your orchids and irises...and your lovely paintings.

Rosamaria said...

You made a beautiful job on those paintings, Nance! Your orchids are amasing.

Have a good week, dear!

lynn'sgarden said...

Nance, your artwork is wonderful! Wished I had the eye and talent! Happy Holidays to you and your family ;)
lynn

Denise said...

I admire your talent. Not only are your photos wonderful, but so are your paintings.

Stine in Ontario said...

You draw well...and grow plants well. You must have a very green thumb to grow orchids!

dodong flores said...

Hi, Ate Nance. Those are nice flowers and orchids being photographed...

I like also the drawings of the two Irises especially the blue one. Those are amazing works of pencil arts...

Tita Beng said...

I love orchids. And you grow those phalaenopsis so well! Beautiful!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow Nance, you are so creative. From someone who cannot DRAW anything--your creations are wonderful. I love orchids --but have never grown them.. I have a girlfriend whose mother used to grow them. They always smelled so good.

I do grow Iris--and have both of the ones you showed in your photos.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Hugs,
Betsy

Grace Olsson said...

un are an artist...simply marvelous....
Congrats
graceolsson.se/mittliv

Judy said...

Nance, I see definite improvement in the three paintings, so you are getting there! Keep at it! I love the colours of the root beer iris!!! never heard of that one before!
Have a safe and Happy Christams season!!

Jean said...

Nance, I love your colored pencil drawings. Last Winter I tried that with my blooming orchid as a model. It took me 4 hours to finished it and I don't think it's as good as yours. I did better when I was a kid. May be because I draw more often then. I'm glad to see that the plants I gave you are happy where they are now. That's why I asked you first because I know you would take care of them.