When it comes to choosing a favorite flower, the first one that came to mind was an orchid. I’m not sure if they’re truly my favorite, but I definitely find them beautiful. I also like the fact that the center of the flower almost has a little bit of a face and some extra personality. Flowers are not my favorite subject matter to paint, so they are always a bit of a challenge for me. I adore looking at them in real or painted form, but in life, they hold little chance of living if I’m their caretaker. I’ve no “green thumb” as people say. Though I wasn’t quite sure why they started calling it that. As with anything, the origin is hard to trace, so the most interesting story often wins. Apparently, King Edward I of England was rather fond of eating green peas and would have half a dozen serfs furiously shelling them during the season. The serf who had the “greenest thumb,” and therefore presumably had shelled the most, would win a prize. Today, it just refers to someone who is incredibly good at gardening, and so it’s a rather irrelevant term when it comes to me.
Today, I experimented a bit with color, using colors I’ve not yet tried yet from Da Vinci Paint Co. The primary color I used was Opus (Vivid Pink), which had been been featured in the image on the recent World Watercolor Month giveaway and I’ve been dying to try it ever since. It’s a lovely and vibrant color, and an orchid seemed to be the perfect opportunity to give it a go. I have a penchant for brighter colors. Colors that don’t so much mimic reality as much as they enhance it. I like to try to paint things in a way that looks realistic without actually being real. For pure reality, we have photographs, but for illustration, it’s an opportunity to play a bit with color and create something that reflects the source without actually replicating it. I have to admit that I always think that if I could ever muster the energy to spend a bit more time on paintings, I could make something really intricate and amazing. But I lack the patience to do so, and I love starting fresh each and every day.
It’s always an interesting time after World Watercolor Month ends. I enjoy the little lull that comes as it’s a chance to relax and recharge. And, yes, I’m not giving something away each and every day, so less people show up to view my posts. I wish I could though, as that was super amazing! But stay tuned to these posts as I may just have some surprises for you in August. And if you’re a watercolor artist, then I would like to personally invite you to join Doodlewash Club and create your own profile. This is a newly created little social community that we’re all building together, and that I haven’t really advertised broadly yet. I think clubs are cooler when you just have people join organically and make it into something awesome together. You can log in with Facebook or a few other social methods, and instantly get a profile! And best of all, you can tell me what you’d like to see next and I can try my darnedest to make it happen! It’s a bit of an experiment, but I think it will grow into something really beautiful, and out of all my crazy ideas, will one day become my favorite flower.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Hansa Yellow Deep, Red Rose Deep, Opus (Vivid Pink), Ultramarine Violet, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna Deep, Terra Cotta, Burnt Umber, and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!