I’ve had a little trouble getting motivated to paint lately. Pushing myself to get going, I decided to try something a little different.
What to paint? Hmm…
In the past, I have painted some watercolor flowers. I use photos that I’ve taken to create the watercolor paintings.
Maybe I should paint plumerias.
This painting was started without a plan in mind. I do not recommend starting a painting this way. I had several reference photos sitting around that I used to help me get the correct shape for the flowers.
Starting with a green background, I had the blooms floating in mid air.
I disliked it so much that I walked away from it for a few days. When I finally came back to the painting, I added more flowers, leaves and stems. Then, I changed the background to a teal blue, which I love.
The end result, I feel is pretty wonderful. I just love this piece and I’m glad that I decided to give it a try.
The beginning was a pretty rough start but it turned out nice in the end. I’ll post the video at the bottom of this page.
The first time I laid eyes on them…
The first time I saw plumeria’s in person, was in South Florida. I was taking a walk through my in-law’s neighborhood and every yard had a Plumeria tree. These were just the prettiest flowers I had ever seen.
Inspiration during a pandemic
My favorite place to find inspiration for the flowers that I paint is in local gardens. A cellphone will do. I don’t need the fancy camera, unless I want a close up.
I walk through the parks around town and take pictures. I store them as reference photos and when I’m ready, I look through the collection.
Since we were in a mandated lockdown, I used some pictures I found online as inspiration. Enjoy the video!